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To help you achieve your Corporate Social Responsibility goals, we provide the information you need to stay inspired, informed, and effective in your community-building mission.

Glossary of Terms

Our curated glossary of common, contemporary terms and concepts related to CSR. This searchable, living document will facilitate and enrich one’s understanding of CSR.

Commissioned Whitepapers

Our commissioned case studies cover a range of topics, showcasing the global CSR movement.

Not Just a Company, but a Neighbor: How General Electric’s Departure Impacts Nonprofits in Connecticut

Lofty Goals Meet Financial Reality: The Power of Innovated Social-Business Partnerships – Bringing Safe Drinking Water to Bangladesh

Participatory Corporate Social Responsibility with Public Policy Impact: The Case Study of the Holcim Foundation in Ecuador

Gain Professional Credentials in CSR

Our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides a comprehensive overview of the CSR landscape. Our course is available worldwide, and upon completion the participant can earn a signed, verified certificate, a valuable professional development credential. 

Academic Research

Compelling. Challenging. Inspiring. The research behind Corporate Social Responsibility. 

This paper argues that CSR programs can fall along a continuum between two endpoints: Institutionalized programs and Promotional programs.

January 2007

Journal of Business Ethics

How are job satisfaction and firm value linked? I tackle this long-standing management question using a new methodology from finance.

November 2012

Socially responsible corporate performance can be associated with a series of bottom-line benefits.


Open Access Publications from the University of California

Practitioner Articles

Strategy. Action. Impact. Learn from corporate leaders’ challenges and successes, and build your strong CSR program utilizing proven practices.

Learn what strengthens and derails culture in the workplace.

March 21 2016

Every successful business has clearly articulated goals to attain specific objectives. Yet, in the world of small business, many businesses lack a focused goal.

Jan. 08 2018

Multimedia Resources

Profit. Problem-solving. Social Action. 

Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a businesss school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit – which lets that solution grow.

CSR Resource Library

“As a board member of the Satell Institute, I find it illuminating to hear a donor’s perspective on where and why they contribute. All have made a significant four-year commitment to a nonprofit, including our museum. Each has a unique CSR way. And each is figuring this out. It’s an honor to hear and learn their approach as well as their successes and concerns. The Think Tank and educational material, such as the Massive Online Open Course done with the University of Pennsylvania, provides expertise from a range of CSR thought leaders whose insights are relevant to our work.”
cEO, The National liberty museum
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