About

CSR International is about supporting professionals to find the balance and synergies between society, the economy and nature.

If your work or aspirations align with any of 17 Sustainable Development Goals or the 7 Core Subjects of the ISO 26000 Standard on Social Responsibility, you are eligible and welcome to join CSR International

What We Offer

Certification

CSR International certifies individual professional members (at Associate, Professional, Chartered and Fellow levels) and organisational training courses. Once verified by CSR International, members can use the designation “CSR International Certified [Member Level]. For example, “International Certified Professional” or “CSRICP”. Similarly, for training, once verified organisations can declare their courses to be “CSR International Certified”.

Training

CSR International offers a variety of online and in-situ training courses, including for example on: Foundations, Practices & Frontiers of CSR, Transformational Leadership & Becoming a Future-Fit Organisation, Sustainability Innovation & Growing Effective Change-makers, Business’ Human Rights & Responding to the Refugee Crisis, Transformative Social Responsibility & Creating Integrated Value, and Stakeholder Engagement & Discovering New Tools for Transparency.

Programmes

CSR International offers an Apprentice Training Programme (aimed at Student, Novice or Associate Members, with little or no experience or relevant qualifications), a Practitioner Training Programme (aimed at Associate, Professional and Chartered Members). Each are 3-month, part-time, online programmes, resulting in a Certificate of Completion. Both draw on CSR International’s Apprenticeship Programme, to which Members donate 1-hour a month.

Accreditation

CSR International organisational members (Non-Profit and Business) are able to feature degree, diploma, certificate and non-degree sustainability and social responsibility courses, and are eligible to have them Endorsed, following a process of verification by SSR International of the contents and teachers of the courses. These members are thereafter able to use the designation “CSR International Endorsed” (and associated logo) in their promotion of the courses.

Tools

CSR International has a variety of CSR diagnostic and facilitation tools, including Classic CSR Assessment (measures against SSR codes & standards), Advanced CSR Assessment (measures transformative SSR practices), Hexagon Stakeholder Dialogue (quantifies feedback & consensus actions) and S2M Certification (based on sustainability, measurement & mediation). Members can be Trained and Licensed to use these tools, or Certified as organisations (for S2M).

About Us

History

The original mission of CSR International was to be an incubator for CSR 2.0, which means Transformative Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (CSR). Since then, we have delivered CSR training around the world, welcomed many people through our internship program, shared hundreds of SSR Research Digests and licensed CSR 2.0 Assessors & Advisors.

Vision

2017 marks a strategic shift from being primarily a research sharing portal to being a professional membership oriented organisation. SSR International’s new mission is to support CSR professionals around the world to make a positive difference by enabling them to establish their credibility, collaborate with each other, access relevant content, upgrade their skills, share upcoming events and find work opportunities. We invite all existing and aspiring SSR professionals to join us.

Founder

Prof. Wayne Visser founded CSR International in 2009 (as CSR International) and is a world renowned CSR academic, advisor, writer and speaker, whose work has taken him to 74 countries over the past 25 years. He is the author of 18 books on CSR, as well as over 280 papers, articles and reports. He has a PhD in CSR and has lectured at 50 universities in 19 countries. He is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and former Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG.

Publications

CSR International and its founder Prof. Wayne Visser have published numerous landmark books on CSR. Members can receive a Discount Code.

The Little Book of Quotations on Social Responsibility

This unique collection of 100 quotations on social responsibility by Dr Wayne Visser is designed to challenge and question, as much as to inspire and inform. The quotes – taken from the extensive writings of Dr Visser – range from the role of business in society and companies’ accountability to stakeholders, to the importance of social justice and the need for transformative – rather than defensive, charitable, promotional or strategic – CSR. The key message is that, for business to survive and thrive in an age of responsibility, it must embrace an ambitious social purpose. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 1 (Africa & Middle East)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 1 covers 28 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Middle East & North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 2 (Asia Pacific)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 2 covers 22 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Central, East & South Asia and South-East Asia & Oceania). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 3 (Europe)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 3 covers 33 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Eastern & Southern Europe and Northern & Western Europe). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 4 (Americas)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 4 covers 19 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Northern & Central America and South America). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change through Business, Leadership and Innovation

Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation. Buy the book / Buy the e-book.

The CSR International Research Compendium: Volume 1 (Governance)

In this Compendium, CSR International has compiled summaries of the best research on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics since 2009. Volume 1 on Governance profiles over 450 research publications between 2009 and 2014 – including practitioner reports, market surveys and academic papers – from over 300 authors and more 250 organisations. Specifically, it contains research abstracts on the following governance-related topic areas: accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, responsible investment, stakeholder interests, and fair operating practices. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The CSR International Research Compendium: Volume 2 (Environment)

In this Compendium, CSR International has compiled summaries of the best research on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics since 2009. Volume 2 on Environment profiles over 500 research publications between 2009 and 2014 – including practitioner reports, market surveys and academic papers – from over 80 authors and more 400 organisations. Specifically, it contains research abstracts on the following environment-related topic areas: sustainable development and the green economy, sustainability practices, sustainable resource use, prevention of pollution, climate change, protection of the environment and biodiversity, and sectoral approaches. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The CSR International Research Compendium: Volume 3 (Society)

In this Compendium, CSR International has compiled summaries of the best research on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics since 2009. Volume 3 on Society profiles over 400 research publications between 2009 and 2014 – including practitioner reports, market surveys and academic papers – from over 180 authors and more 280 organisations. Specifically, it contains research abstracts on the following society-related topic areas: human rights, labour practices, consumer-oriented CSR communication, consumer social and environmental responsibility, and community involvement and contribution community development. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

CSR 2.0: Transforming Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

The book examines the evolution and current state of corporate social responsibility (CSR), using a five-stage maturity model: defensive, charitable, promotional, strategic (all CSR 1.0) and transformative CSR (CSR 2.0). Reasons are given why CSR 1.0 approaches have failed to have any significant impact on the most serious global social, environmental and ethical challenges. The emergent CSR 2.0 is explored in detail by elaborating on five principles underlying the new approach, including: creativity, scalability, responsiveness, glocality and circularity. A four-part DNA Model is also introduced, covering value creation, good governance, societal contribution and ecological integrity, which provides the basis for defining and measuring CSR 2.0. Finally, a 70-question CSR 2.0 self-assessment diagnostic tool developed by the author is presented, with sample data to show how the tool can be used for future research and practitioner application. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The Quest for Sustainable Business: An Epic Journey in Search of Corporate Responsibility

In 2010, Dr Wayne Visser set off on a 20-country “quest” to talk to entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators and learn about how companies in all parts of the world can and are helping to tackle the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. The result is this treasure trove of a book, full of stories, ideas, extracts from more than 100 interviews, best practices and tools for making sustainable business work in a myriad of different contexts, cultures and settings. Besides sharing insights from his 2010 “CSR Quest World Tour”, the author captures his professional experiences and the evolution of sustainable business over the past 20 years. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility:  An Introductory Text on CSR Theory & Practice – Past, Present & Future

Here is a comprehensive textbook that introduces students and practitioners to corporate sustainability & responsibility (CSR) theory and practice, looking at the past, present and future. The text includes 25 case studies and over 60 sets of discussion questions (nearly 200 questions), which allow teachers, students and practitioners to reflect on the presented content and to discuss, debate and dig deeper into the issues. The text itself is written in a highly readable style, without sacrificing academic rigour (there are over 200 references cited). The result is an inexpensive, accessible and searchable introduction to a management discipline that has become critical to the future of business, written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business

Traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) approaches have failed, leaving business stuck in the Ages of Greed, Philanthropy, Marketing and Management. Using Web 2.0 as a metaphor, Visser shows how business needs to radically transform if we are to ever reach a true Age of Responsibility. The required systemic approach is dubbed CSR 2.0 and characterised by five key principles: creativity, scalability, responsiveness, glocality and circularity. Citing more than 300 cases to illustrate ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’, the book describes how the new DNA of business is fast being decoded in the areas of value creation, good governance, societal contribution and environmental integrity. Having set out a compelling vision of the future, Visser describes how to get there by exploring change at the societal, organisational and individual level. Read the paper book / Read the e-book.

The World Guide to CSR: A Country by Country Analysis of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

This is the first book to provide comparable national profiles that describe the evolution and practice of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) for 58 countries and 5 global regions. Each regional and national profile includes key information about the relevant CSR history, country-specific issues, trends, research and leading organisations. The purpose of the book is to give CSR and sustainability professionals a quick reference guide to CSR in different regional and national contexts. The book is an edited volume, with expert contributors from around the world. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.