- 10 ‘Must Have’ sites on CSR.
- 10 of the best blogs on CSR.
- 31 websites with excellent resources, links, media, tools, news and much more.
- 20 people to follow on twitter who will ensure you know everything there is to know about CSR and Sustainability.
The ’10 Must Have’ sites on CSR:
3BL Media: A recent newcomer, this site keeps getting better and better. TheCSRminute,
a daily video digest covering relevant CSR and Sustainability news, is
a fantastic idea. The 3BL team scours the global media to cover some of
the most important events and news in the world of CSR. I especially
have appreciated the aggressive compilation of leading bloggers in CSR. You’ll find them on twitter as theCSRfeed. They are very interactive and are collecting followers fast.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Since writing and posting this article in August of 2009, I have formed a partnership with 3BL Media and now represent the company.
APEsphere: The name has multiple meanings, but is an acronym meaning “Agents of
Progressive Enterprise”. The site has a broad range of topics within
CSR and sustainability. Good writing and helpful content. You can
follow the Apebot on twitter or connect directly with the 2 founders Andrew Newton or Angela Peterson Newton
Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship:
We are big fans of BCCC. They offer good research and are leaders in
the field of CSR and Community Engagement. But for some of the good
stuff, you have to have a membership, and it’s not cheap. The lowest
price is $2000 – yikes! They are on twitter, but are not too active at this point.
This is Mallen Baker’s site, and he offers a collection of current news
on CSR issues. Great resource section with reviews and rating system –
very helpful. BusinessRespect is on twitter also.
This site has a huge following and is considered the standard for CSR
news. It is an attractive site and easy to use. You can even
participate as a member of the community by sharing your articles,
video, audio and commentaries. On twitter they are CSRwire but they maintain a modest presence there.
A massive site with a plethora of free resources. You can create a
profile, interact with other members, view information by region, look
for jobs, even receive the content free on CD-ROm. Follow Eldis on twitter.
This is the online version of the Ethical Corporation magazine
published 10 times each year. While the quality of the podcasts is not
always the best (background noise and other strange audio sounds) the
resources on this site are numerous and of superior quality. They are
on twitter as Ethical_Corp.
Business in the Community:
Located in the UK, this business-led coalition has been around since
1982 and has over 800 members. Good research, publications and case
studies. One of my favorite tools is the Jargon Buster. On twitter, they are bitc1.
10 CSR Bloggers you should know about:
David Coethica’s Blog:
Based in the UK, David always offers insightful and meaningful blog
entries for his readers. I’ve even cross-posted some of his articles I
appreciate them so much! Follow David on twitter – http://twitter.com/davidcoethica
Ramesh is from India, but lives and works in China. He is on a
sabbatical after many years of corporate life. As part of the process,
he has decided to discuss his thinking on business and corporate
responsibility via his blog. I enjoy reading an informed perspective
from the other side of the globe.
Corporate and Responsible:
Lucia Candu writes her blog from New York city, having recently
relocated from the Eastern European country of Moldova. She has a
wealth of experience in the business, nonprofit and government sectors
which is evident as she writes about CSR, sustainability, corporate
citizenship and ethical business.
Crane and Matten blog: Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten are professors at the Schulich School of Business
(York University located here in Toronto). They manage to offer a blog
that’s both accessible and yet solidly academic. You can read this blog
with confidence, knowing that the perspectives and insights are well
Fabian Pattberg’s blog is a companion to his Sustainability Forum site
and his twitter activity. His blog rounds out the picture nicely.
Follow Fabian on twitter – http://twitter.com/FabianPattberg
This site is a staple for anyone doing anything with CSR. Mr Baker
knows what he’s talking about – and he’s talking about pretty much
everything CSR. Follow Mallen on twitter – http://twitter.com/MallenBaker
Want to know how to read a CSR report? Wondering what a CSR report is
and what purpose it serves? Do you enjoy good writing about ice cream?
Then you have to read Elaine Cohen’s blog (she writes a lot about ice
cream – she just likes it a lot). Follow Elaine on twitter – http://twitter.com/elainecohen (and notice the icecream on her page!!)
Anyone interested in CSR will eventually come across Wayne Visser, a
professor of CSR at Cambridge, and the founder of CSR International. He
is very active in the field, and offers a unique and candid voice on
the topic. Follow Wayne on twitter – http://twitter.com/waynevisser
The Business Ethics Blog: Chris
MacDonald teaches philosophy at Saint Mary’s University in my hometown
of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Recently we got together and hosted a tweetup
here in Toronto. His is a well written and insightful blog, rounding
out the issues of CSR by looking at things from the perspective of
ethics. Follow Chris on twitter – http://twitter.com/ethicsblogger
Aaron Fu and Katherine Liew write a very accessible blog on
Sustainability and CSR. Having both been educated in Australia, and
with Aaron now working in Prague, there is a certain eclectic quality
in regional perspective (which I like). Follow Aaron on twitter http://twitter.com/AaronQFu – as well as Katherine – http://twitter.com/katherineliew
30 (plus 1) sites to complete your CSR favorites list:
Accountability: A global Nonprofit pushing the CSR agenda forward.
Accountability-Central: A fantastic site, easy to use with great information, resources and links.
Business for Social Responsibility: A consulting company providing good information and perspective on events in the world of CSR.
B Corporation: Limited resources and news information, but a ‘must’ site for any business serious about CSR.
Corporate Citizenship Briefing: Good news coverage and analysis. I’ve found some great free research on this site.
A Canadian product, they may actually have the world’s largest
circulation for a magazine with an explicit focus on corporate
CRO, Corporate Responsibility Officer: Decent information, but the site layout isn’t my favorite.
Corporate Social Responsibility Europe: Basically CSR news from Europe.
CSR-NEWS.net: An attractive site with good news coverage, but you have to pay $70 for the research and articles.
Ethical Performance: An okay site, but for the good stuff you need an expensive subscription.
Force for Good: I’ve just started using this site, and I’m enjoying the site’s layout and accessibility.
Forum for Future: A focus on sustainability. Good resources.
This online version of the magazine is out to do some good. Period. Fun
and informative, there’s not a stuffy attitude to be found here.
Goodness500: Want to see how businesses stack up in the ratings? This site offers an interesting transparency and scoring system.
Global Reporting Initiative: This reporting focused site is a necessary part of anybody’s CSR resource list.
International Business Leaders Forum: A UK site covering Sustainability and business.
International Institute for Sustainable Development: A Canadian site with a focus on Sustainability.
Institute of Business Ethics: Not entirely helpful, and you pretty much have to pay for all the publications. Actually not sure why I am including this one.
Jantzi Research: If you’re in Canada, you’ll want to bookmark this link. If not, then probably not.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (The CSR Initiative): A decent selection of working papers and other research. Hey, it’s Harvard.
I love this site. If you want to know how a company rates when it comes
to CSR, then this site’s for you. You can even make contributions to
the rating profile. I spend way too much time here.
Social Innovations Conversations: Don’t want to read your CSR news? Then this site’s for you. Great topics, excellent guests and good quality.
Small Business Journey: If you’re a small to medium size business interested in CSR, then this site will be a very helpful resource.
Stanford Social Innovation Review:
This is the online version of Stanford’s magazine (which is impossible
to find in Canada by the way). A decent site with good information for
the Nonprofit side of the discussion.
Sustainability: This global consultancy/think-tank offers decent research for free.
The Center for Corporate Sustainability:
All about Sustainability and environmental issues. I like the link
list, but I can’t figure why it’s not hyper-linked to the actual sites.
These whistle blowers are all about putting the spotlight on corrupt
corporations and business practices around the world. They’ll point you
in the right direction for news and articles related to corporate
transparency (or the lack of it).
World Business Council for Sustainable Development: A bit boring layout, but good links and information.
UN Global Compact: This site needs to be in your bookmark list. Why? It’s the United Nations for pete’s sake!