Monday, June 02, 2014

Embracing Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility is here to stay. It isn’t a hash-tagged trend; it’s here for the duration. There isn’t a month devoted to it on the calendar; it’s not looking to be monumentalized.

Corporate Social Responsibility addresses the social, economic and environmental effects of doing business – defining priorities, integrating social responsibility throughout business, while building social and business value. Outsourcing can be used as a powerful tool for advancing CSR. 

Organizations have a lot of power – locally, globally and economically. Those embracing CSR devote real time and money to socially conscious investments and programs, alternative energy and social welfare initiatives to benefit employees, customers and the world at large.

Corporate Social Responsibility in outsourcing focuses on three critical areas – people, community and the environment. The “people” component relates to employee issues such as fair pay, good working conditions and diversity, while the “community” area focuses on economic and charitable efforts, both locally and globally. The “environment” aspect relates to green practices that help reduce energy consumption and waste. Practicing CSR is also good business for reasons of sustainability, as well as brand-building.

A new eBook – The Outsourcing Professionals’ Guide to Corporate 
Responsibility – examines corporate social responsibility policies 
and practices for outsourcing, including identifying and showcasing 
policies that IAOP members have adopted, creating a framework 
for companies to model new CSR policies and develop a network 
of resources for IAOP members. Written by Bill Hefley, PhD, COP 
and Ron Babin, DBA, COP, with contributions from IAOP’s 
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee, its publication 
is the culmination of several years work. It is a one-of-a-kind indispensible 
management tool for any company involved in outsourcing – whether 
customer, provider or advisor.

On Friday, June 20th, at 11 am EST, IAOP CEO, Debi Hamill 
will be hosting a complimentary webinar on CSR which will feature 
Bill and Ron. The trio will discuss the guide, which examines 
corporate socially responsible policies and practices for outsourcing, 
including identifying and showcasing policies that IAOP members 
have adopted, creating a framework on which companies can model 
new CSR policies and develop a network of resources for IAOP members. 

We invite you to attend this complimentary webinar. This indispensible management tool for any company involved in outsourcing – whether customer, provider or advisor is the first and only global publication on CSR. For more information, please feel free to email Pam O’Dell, IAOP Director of Corporate & Professional Development, at pam.odell@iaop.org.
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Kate Tulloch-Hammond, IAOP Manager of Media & Communications

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