Public Policy and CSR
The RW Institute sees Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and employee volunteering in particular, as a way to positively work with and support communities. Yet cultural and legislative barriers to employee volunteering exist all over the world. This is particularly problematic for global companies that wish to engage their workforce in all of the communities in which they work. Unlocking understanding about legislative or cultural frameworks that prohibit or support employee volunteering is the first step in our ability to amplify the impact of CSR on issues such as education, housing, clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure and transportation.
The goal of the Public Policy and CSR Stakeholder Table is to help the sector develop a concrete understanding of how linkages between CSR and public policy might work in practice, then begin to design action plans for putting them into place and communicating them to the public. This will create a self-fulfilling cycle: as potential volunteers, motivated by the opportunity to make systems changes, become engaged in public policy issues highlighted by their experiences as volunteers, the impact of their work will increase, which will in turn motivate still greater rates of participation. The net result will be not only a more robust and impactful CSR sector, but meaningful change on some of the most pressing and current defining challenges.
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This Stakeholder Table is working to:
Develop a clear analysis of how CSR can affect public policy, both in the U.S. and internationally, including identifying legal and cultural barriers to the achievement of this goal and action steps to overcoming those barriers.
Inform and inspire CSR leaders to see the potential of CSR as a public policy lever.
Train CSR leaders on how to effectively connect their company’s programs to policy-change efforts.
This work, when fully realized, has the potential to bring the efforts of millions of professionals across the globe and the resources to bear in creating sustainable solutions to challenges that require a mass response.