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What Do Corporations Mean by Social Responsibility?

Most people know, or at least think they know, what the government means when it talks about international development.

What about the private sector?

Today, local business leaders meet to discuss development and corporate social responsibility — in advance of a Seattle visit this Friday from USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, formerly a Gates Foundation program director.

Here’s what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says are the top ten drivers of corporate social responsibility:

  • Ensuring the success of our business
  • Addressing environmental concerns
  • Engaging stakeholders, including (but not limited to) our communities and customers
  • Living our corporate mission, values, and culture
  • Promoting employee interests
  • Expressing our leadership’s commitment
  • Addressing the economic crisis
  • Listening to consumer feedback and interests
  • Making sure employees at all levels understand the appropriate way to do business
  • Operating within a certain legislative or regulatory environment

Info on Dr. Shah’s Friday visit, public and free, is here. Today’s event on corporate social responsibility is at Seattle University. Both are sponsored by Global Washington.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.