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The Research Committee of the CROA sets the research agenda of the Association, oversees its research programs, and coordinates its sponsorship of third party research in fulfillment of the CROA's core mission of advancing the corporate responsibility profession.

CROA Research Programs

CR Best Practices Research Report:  CR: How Fast It’s Growing , How Much It’s Spending, And How Far It’s Going

Along with NYSE Euronext, the CROA sponsored the world's largest, most comprehensive survey of corporate responsibility best practices.  Surveys went to every company traded on the NYSE Euronext Indexes as well as to the CROA's own database of public and private companies.  Nearly 700 companies have responded to date.

The full report is available to all CROA members. Click here to download the Executive Summary.

The 2010 CR Magazine/NYSE Euronext Best Practices Research Report is now closed. If you’d like to participate in the 2011 Survey, please email your contact information to our research team. We will be sure to include you when we start polling our practitioners worldwide.

Click here to download more information on the report and information on report purchase options.

Once you have, compare yourself against your peers and the top CR performers. If you’re a CROA member you can get the composite results and get special discounted access to the in-depth research data so you can make informed decisions about how to build your program. Sharing and comparing data will raise everyone’s standards, behaviors, and results.


Best Corporate Citizens Benchmarking.

Now any company can compare themselves with the very best corporate citizens.  Working with CR Magazine the CROA will open up the database for any company to compare themselves against any group of companies in the Russell 1000 on the over 300 data elements across the seven categories used to rank the transparency and accountability of these firms.

These benchmarks are available for a small fee to CROA Corporate Members.  Academic organizations and NGOs can obtain these data for free for third party research programs.

Below you can download the following resources:

  • More information on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens Benchmark. 
  • A list of the 2010 Best Corporate Citizens Data Elements.
  • A list of the data elements under consideration for modification in 2011-12.


Partner Research Programs

We work with various academic and other respected research organizations to further the field of corporate responsibility.  Please find sample research reports below.  Additional reports are available for members only.


Templates for Corporate Responsibility Practitioners

CRO Association Professional Development Handouts
Chaired by Kevin Moss, BT, and the members of the CROA Professional Development Committee 








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