Develop a Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for HR

HR makes responsible business work.

Onsite Workshop

Without a CSR strategy, HR departments face:

  • Manager misunderstanding about how HR can make a strategic contribution to the business.
  • Difficulty connecting CSR initiatives to the organization's business strategy or measuring their impact.
  • Impressions that the organization implements CSR initiatives solely for the sake of appearances.

With a CSR strategy, HR departments can:

  • Integrate social impact into the organization's mission and vision.
  • Widen the frame of reference for corporate governance.
  • Protect the organization's reputation from the risk of adverse incidents.
  • Secure the organization's “privilege to operate.
  • Reduce regulatory risk.
  • Offer distinctive positioning in the marketplace.

Module 1: Make the case

The Purpose

  • Understand the business case for CSR and CSR-HR.
  • Discuss your organization's industry, size, and goals.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • HR helps leaders develop responsible strategies and measure their impact.
  • Emphasis on responsible practices builds support for HR programs.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Determine two key performance indicators to measure the success of the project
  • The business case for CSR
  • The argument for greater HR involvement in CSR

Module 2: Assess CSR readiness

The Purpose

  • Assess your organization’s CSR readiness.
  • Baseline your CSR maturity to assess project success.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • How an organization responds to stakeholder feedback is a reliable indicator of CSR maturity.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 CSR maturity assessment
  • Go or no-go decision
  • Alternate course of action
  • Level of CSR maturity

Module 3: Engage stakeholders

The Purpose

  • Understand the landscape, organizational goals, CSR goals, and relevant HR roles.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • With CSR, you need to know the “who” and the “why” before you figure out the “how.”

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Develop a stakeholder engagement plan to discover relevant initiatives
  • Stakeholder engagement plan

Module 4: Prioritize key CSR-HR initiatives

The Purpose

  • Identify target CSR-HR initiatives.
  • Assess need, effort, and impact for each initiative.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • HR is already implementing programs consistent with CSR principles; leverage them to demonstrate HR’s strategic value.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 CSR-HR materiality matrix
  • A prioritized list of CSR-HR initiatives to inform next steps

Module 5: Finalize a scorecard and action plan

The Purpose

  • Determine organizational goals, CSR goals, HR roles.
  • Set CSR-HR initiative priorities.
  • Identify success metrics and business value.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Most organizations don’t track the ROI of CSR. However, a lack of evidence of impact is not evidence of a lack of impact. 

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Finalize CSR-HR scorecard and action plan
  • A strategy to shape HR’s contribution to CSR
5.2 Executive presentation

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