The Conscious Company Glossary

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

A business’s efforts to measure and control its effects on the greater environment and society in which it operates. The term generally refers to work that goes beyond what is legally required, and traces its origins as a modern concept to roughly the 1950s. The main categories of CSR practices include environmental sustainability efforts, philanthropy, ethical labor practices, and volunteering. CSR practices risk being seen as inauthentic, tacked on, or an afterthought if the core operations of the business contradict or undermine their ostensible message or mission.