Firms reveal no clear ‘ownership’ of CSR

Barely a quarter of corporate comms and public affairs departments believe they are accountable for CSR, according to a new survey published last week.

Twenty-four per cent of the 200 firms surveyed for Pielle Consulting’s paper on CSR, ‘Turning Rhetoric into Reality’, said that accountability for CSR activities rested with corporate comms and PA.

Slightly fewer firms (23 per cent) said that a specialist committee of the company’s board was accountable for CSR, while 19 per cent said that the board itself was accountable for CSR.

Fourteen per cent said that the chief executive was responsible for CSR, while ten per cent said their chairman was accountable, with a further ten per cent saying that accountability lay with operating management.

Presenting the results at the fifth annual conference of the World Council for Corporate Governance last week, Pielle Consulting Group senior partner Peter Walker said that he had found no clear or consistent ‘ownership’ of corporate governance or CSR at board level.

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