Coro Strandberg, Principal of Strandberg Consulting, has introduced the Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Management Checklist that identifies ten steps HR professionals can follow to support the integration of CSR into their organization’s business strategy and operations.  A companion document, The Role of Human Resource Management in Corporate Social Responsibility: Issue Brief and Roadmap, provides a how-to guide including practical business-based examples and a business case for CSR integration.

“Embedding CSR/sustainability into an organization is ultimately a change management process,” explains Strandberg. “HR departments help their organizations embrace change and benefit from it. This user-friendly tool equips HR professionals to leverage employee commitment to, and engagement in, their firm’s CSR strategy.”

Employees are key stakeholders in any CSR effort. It is through employee actions and decision-making that many CSR strategies come to life. Human Resource professionals are in a unique position to nurture and foster CSR performance within their organizations. Today HR professionals need to be aware of the positive impact CSR can have on their employees and on their bottom line – not to mention the world around them. This tool will help set the basic framework that they need to develop their strategy, check their progress against best practices, and celebrate their successes.”

Equally applicable to large and small private sector, public sector and non-profit organizations, the Strandberg Consulting Issue Brief and Road Map identifies the following business benefits from employee CSR engagement:

* Increased retention and reduced recruitment and training costs.
* Better able to attract the best and the brightest, especially amongst graduates.
* Cost savings and income produced through improved employee morale and productivity.

The Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Management Checklist and the companion document, The Role of Human Resource Management in Corporate Social Responsibility: Issue Brief and Roadmap, are available free at the Strandberg Consulting web site.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine, Monster.com, About.com Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine, HR.com, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.