The Nonpartisan Agenda of Corporate Social Responsibility

The Nonpartisan Agenda of Corporate Social Responsibility

You're placing corporate executives on nonprofit boards?" exclaimed the senior program officer of a prominent and well endowed national foundation. He looked at me with horror. Then he spit out, "But they're Republicans!"

This was in 2002, nearly a decade into my career in providing strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) consulting to global corporations, training and placing hundreds of business executives on nonprofit boards, and consulting to the boards of universities, healthcare institutions and a wide variety of global, national, and regional organizations.
 
Thankfully, that binary view of businesses versus nonprofits is fading. Today, companies are engaging with social and environmental causes that align with their corporate purposes. This is corporate social responsibility.
 

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