The State of the Corporate Responsibility Profession
As part of BCLC’s mission to foster the role of business in society, we partnered with CROA to undertake a study to provide a benchmark of corporate responsibility as a profession and a field.
CROA and BCLC surveyed various stakeholders, including academics, practitioners, and recognized thought leaders, for the study. The results serves as a benchmark for where the CR profession stands in 2012 as well as provides recommendations on how to mature the field’s set of knowledge, skills and attributes.
Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (CROA) with support from IBM.
- CR remains a nascent profession lacking the distinct set of professional characteristics;
- The CR field lacks a deliberate career path; and
- The progress of the corporate responsibility officer (CRO) is continuously evolving.
In the News
- Fast Co.Exist: The State Of Corporate Responsibility: Ambivalent, Leaderless, And A Little Apathetic (4/6/12)
- CSRwireTalkBack Blog: The CSR Profession: New Report Indicates Shifting Gears for CSR 2.0
This study is the first part of a joint effort between BCLC and CROA. We aim to codify the field’s roles, skills, and knowledge; explain the current state of practice; and develop a set of recommendations to advance CR as a management discipline.
- As More Companies Develop Corporate Responsibility Strategies, Gaps in the Profession Remain (Press Release, March 2012)
- New Research Release: The State of the Corporate Responsibility Profession (Blog Post, March 2012)
- Conversations with Stephen: The State of the CSR Profession (March 2012)
- Executive Summary (November 2011)
Release Date: March 2012