What is CSR?

“You must be the change you want to see in the world”   – Mahatma Ghandi

Companies that espouse corporate social responsibility (CSR) consider how to satisfy the needs of each of their stakeholder groups in a sustainable, responsible way. Those companies who do this show:

  • Improved brand value and profitability
  • More well-developed, satisfied staff with higher retention rates
  • More productive staff with greater operational effectiveness

Business in the Community defines CSR as:

“A company’s positive impact on society and the environment through its operations, products or services and through its interaction with key stakeholders such as employees, customers, investors, communities and suppliers”

Kieran Breen, Director of Leicestershire Cares defines CSR as:

“Doing the right things right.”

Corporate Footprints

What our Members say about CSR:

“At Sytner we believe that it’s really important for us to put something back into the local communities in which we’re fortunate enough to do business. Leicestershire Cares helps us do just that”

Gerard Nieuwenhuys, Group Managing Director, Sytner Group


Everards Brewery: “As a local family business, part of our philosophy is to make a beneficial contribution to the communities in which we trade and we actively encourage our employees and licensees to embrace this. Richard Everard leads by example in this area and a large percentage of our workforce are engaged in a range of activities such as the ‘Right to Read’ scheme and  Interview Technique training.”

Stephen Gould, Managing Director, Everards Brewery


Andrew Gostelow - Interview Technique session at Burleigh Community CollegeDNV GL has a clear vision to be the most respected international technical advisor and trusted partner for all of our clients. We can achieve this vision by not only delivering client excellence but also by being a responsible organisation within the societies and communities in which we operate.”     

Andrew Gostelow, Chair; CSR Funding Board, DNV GL


Useful links and information:

Business in the Community, www.bitc.org.uk

Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Commitment. Collier and Estban, 2007

Gallup Q12 ® Meta Analysis: The Relationship between Engagement at work and Organisational Outcomes. http://www.gallup.com/file/consulting/126806/MetaAnalysis_Q12_WhitePaper_2009.pdf