The Truth Will Out: CSR is a Profession

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The Truth Will Out: CSR is a Profession

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

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The following post is part of a CSRHub series focusing on 10 trends that are driving corporate transparency and disclosure in the coming year. To follow the discussion of each trend, watch for posts on the CSRHub blog every Wednesday.

By Bahar Gidwani and Sally Bell

How many US companies do you think have positions that include the word “sustainability” in their job title? Would you guess 100? 1,000? According to ZoomInfo, the answer is 12,660 This statistic proves that sustainability jobs exist, but does not necessarily prove that there is an established career path within the sustainability profession.

Almost every time we speak at a conference or seminar, at least one young person will come up afterwards to ask if we can help them find a career opportunity in sustainability. Schools such as the University of Michigan Erb Institute, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Rutgers and Bainbridge Graduate Institute all have programs and degree opportunities in sustainability and social responsibility practices. People want to do sustainability work and are willing to pay to be trained in the area – are there jobs out there waiting for them?

To read more about the growth of corporate social responsibility as a profession, visit the CSRHub blog>>

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Bahar Gidwani is a Co-founder and CEO of CSRHub. Formerly, he was the CEO of New York-based Index Stock Imagery, Inc, from 1991 through its sale in 2006. He has built and run large technology-based businesses and has experience building a multi-million visitor Web site. Bahar holds a CFA, was a partner at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and worked at McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to both large companies such as Citibank, GE, and Acxiom and a number of smaller software and web-based companies. He has an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a BS in Astronomy and Physics (magna cum laude) from Amherst College. Bahar races sailboats, plays competitive bridge, and is based in New York City.

Sally Bell is in charge of direct sales and business developmentSally is committed to cultivating passion, purpose and performance to create enduring and positive change. Sally is expanding our site license program and subscriber base while expanding our partners and network. Sally is also founder of her own consulting practice, Apiary Strategy Consulting, which focuses on people and team engagement within CSR. She earned her MBA in Sustainable Business + Systems Thinking from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In Oregon, Sally serves as a board member for the Portland Professionals Net Impact Chapter as well as Portland Family Homeless Solutions. She is an avid reader, dancer, aspiring musician, vintage collector and lover of exploring the winter backcountry. She aspires to help drive systemic world change through collaboration, listening and understanding.

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on nearly 5,000 companies from 135 industries in 65 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

CSRHub rates 12 indicators of employee, environment, community and governance performance and flags many special issues. We offer subscribers immediate access to millions of detailed data points from our 140-plus data sources. Our data comes from six socially responsible investing firms, well-known indexes, publications, “best of” or “worst of” lists, NGOs, crowd sources and government agencies. By aggregating and normalizing the information from these sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links each rating point back to its source.

Keywords: Responsible Business & Employee Engagement | Career Path | Corporate Social Responsibility | career development | sustainability

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