Opportunities exist within the private, public and voluntary sectors. Many CSR roles may not be titled as such but their job content may reflect CSR activities.
Larger companies may have CSR departments or have CSR functions located within other departments.
Opportunities are also opening up in the large accounting and consulting firms, many of which are trying to compete with the niche CSR consulting firms by offering their own CSR client services.
CSR career options can be found in both national government agencies and international organisations.
The UK government has put forward its vision for CSR within businesses and government departments. The CR Academy is a resource for organisations of any size and sector wanting to develop their corporate responsibility skills through training, advice and support.
There are a wide variety of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry associations, think tanks and academic institutions engaging in learning and/or advocacy within the CSR arena.
Such groups promote and examine the use of CSR concepts within the private and public spheres. For example:
Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition represents over 130 charities and campaigning organisations.
Friends of the Earth highlight the environmental impact of some multinationals and campaign for stronger laws on environmental responsibility.
Amnesty International also campaigns for human rights and organisational responsibility in this area.
Many direct CSR roles require specialist knowledge and business experience and therefore may not be open to those on graduate programmes or just starting out with a company.
You may have to take a longer term strategy and build up your skills and experience in relevant areas first. However, there are jobs out there so here are a few tips:
This article was published on Aug 13, 2010