Organizational Social Responsibility (OSR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have evolved over the years and exist in different forms from organization to organization and company to company. Some observe it on an ad hoc basis while others build a highly organized implementation strategy.
In this post, we will discuss:
- Definitions of OSR and CSR
- How to introduce OSR and CSR in small, medium and large organizations
- Why implementing OSR and CSR benefits a community and its organizations, individuals, and teams.
- How to incorporate social intrapreneurship in an OSR program.
Bizfluent.com defines OSR as “measures that are meant to protect and improve the welfare of society as a whole…enable the organization to coexist in harmony with the government, the community at large and its environment.”
BDC.ca defines CSR as “a company’s commitment to manage the social, environmental and economic effects of its operations responsibly and in line with public expectations…often touches every part of the business—operations, human resources, manufacturing, supply chain, health and safety, and more.”
Customers, employees and community generally trust that organizations implement OSR or CSR measures for the right reasons.
People like doing business with businesses and organizations that give back to their communities. Everybody wins!
Anyone involved with an organization or company could come up with an idea for a social innovation that could become an OSR or CSR program. Champions, leaders, teams, and individuals should feel free to bring ideas forward.
A development process might include:
- Writing a clear definition of the problem the innovation will solve. The definition should identify the impacted parties and show how the problem impacts them.
- Researching organizations that have developed an OSR program or a CSR program. How do they use social enterprise and social intrapreneurship within these programs?
- Assessing these programs to determine if the planning organization can adapt any of their key elements to fit its needs.
- Establishing a core group to implement tasks. Who is the team?
- Measuring outputs and outcomes. What are the goals? What is the plan?
- Developing a proposal. A solid proposal includes a plan on what the person/people with the idea intend to do, how they’ll do it, who will do what, and the costs involved. Indicate whether you expect to cover costs and support needs through donations or investment from others, or in-kind support (which may include equipment, supplies, and skills), volunteers (specify from where you expect to recruit them – employees? Executives?) or a bit of all three.
- Presenting your proposal to an organization leader or champion. This person will advocate to senior management that it approve a “small steps” start to the OSR or CSR program.
What about you?
The Community Innovation Hub is happy to help you and your organization or company start a successful OSR or CSR program. We are happy to offer you not only our turnkey kit to starting these programs, but personal coaching and peer support, for a membership fee of only $100 a year for communities of faith.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How about now?
Organizations including communities of faith have many opportunities to explore organizational social responsibility, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise and social intrapreneurship…engaging and supporting the community!
Please check out these resources and let us know if we can do more for you.