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Corporate responsibility (CR) remains a nascent, if fast growing field. For it to grow into a profession, it needs certain attributes including standards of conduct and a recognized body of knowledge. This Guidebook aspires to lay this groundwork.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the CR professions’ most mature set of self‐regulating
practices, dating back to the 1960s. The CSR function has evolved into a set of quality standards, ISO 26000, a practice code for self‐regulation in relations with internal and external
stakeholders. The CSR domain can include job titles and functions in the following areas:
Corporate philanthropy aims to increase the wellbeing of humankind through charitable aid and donations. The implication and implantation of Philanthropy differs considerably between industry and geography.
Best Practices in Governance is the umbrella term for how an organization approaches governance, risk management and compliance (GRC). For investors, this set of domains can be referred to as Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). This area includes the
Sustainability encompasses the practice of maintaining the well‐being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources as well as how you sustainably grow, staff, and profit from your work. The practice of Sustainability includes a rapidly‐evolving set of disciplines that differ significantly from organization to organization, depending on the organization’s business. Sustainability‐related job functions and titles include: