3 little known benefits of CSR for any company

By Robert Half on 18 January 2021
Estimated Read Time: 3 minutes

Having healthy CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policies in place is one way your business can have a positive impact on the surrounding community.

This can include corporate volunteerism, and the benefits can be myriad; just look at it as a virtuous cycle.

What you invest in CSR will eventually help you to improve your business.

What are the benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

For starters, don’t think of corporate volunteerism as a drain on your existing resources. Instead, look at it as a win-win situation: it’s a great way to contribute to the community, generate positive PR for your business, and provides huge opportunities for purposeful team-building.

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Here are three benefits of social responsibility that far outweigh your initial investment of business resources:

1. Improving employee relations

Corporate volunteerism can be a great experience on an individual level. Giving your employees the chance to engage in worthwhile pursuits and offer their skills to non-profit organisations. Few things in life are as rewarding as contributing to the greater good.

What’s more, studies have found that employees who take part in corporate volunteering tend to be more engaged in their work than their non-participating colleagues. Volunteers also reported significantly higher levels of job satisfaction – a valuable asset for any business.

Offering opportunities for corporate volunteerism can:

  • Increase employee loyalty and job satisfaction
  • Boost employee engagement
  • Create a knock-on effect that improves productivity
  • Give employees the chance to develop new skills
  • Improve morale and motivation

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2. Building a great business profile

Showing the world that your business is ready to give back to the community is an effective way to build favourable brand relations. Contributing to a successful and well-organised volunteer program is a great way to raise your profile, improve your business’s reputation or help maintain a good reputation in the face of adversity by demonstrating your commitment to worthy causes.

Taking part in corporate volunteerism can:

  • Help build brand awareness
  • Create a better perception of your business
  • Increase local media coverage of your activities
  • Provide excellent networking opportunities
  • Offer insight into non-profits and other working methods

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3. Attracting future talent

Although attracting and employing desirable Generation Y candidates can be a challenge, it’s essential if you want your business to continue to grow and thrive. The press is often keen to bash Gen Y, dismissing it as a selfish and lazy generation, but it seems this perception could be completely false.

In fact, Laurence Lien, chief executive of National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre of Singapore, says that young people are now more inclined to join companies that offer CSR opportunities. And according to Forbes, up to 88% of Gen Y believe in giving back to the community through work. So make your business an attractive prospect for these passionate young workers by offering vibrant and fulfilling volunteer opportunities.

Related: Why company branding is crucial to recruitment?

Advantages of corporate social responsibility

Ready to start investigating your business’s volunteerism potential? There are a number of useful resources available online to help you get started.

Simply google “corporate volunteerism ”, and there should be a number of verified organisations that need help popping up in your search results.

So just focus on giving back to the community, and let everything else fall into place. It’s simply one of the more rewarding ways to grow your business.

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