Careers with a conscience: how to make corporate social by Elaine Appleton Grant, WetFeet

By Elaine Appleton Grant, WetFeet

Careers with a sense of right and wrong is the last word consultant for locating jobs that contain company social responsibility-CSR. even if it consists of a brand new type of awareness to the surroundings, human rights, operating stipulations, or company transparency, loads of businesses are having a look past the base line and growing positions for CSR pros. CSR is turning up in all industries and in all sizes of businesses, from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune one thousand giants. Careers with a sense of right and wrong offers you the lowdown on CSR task opportunities-and the place to discover them.

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Com). Join a Facebook group devoted to the causes you’re interested in. Connect to like-minded people on LinkedIn. As you learn, contribute your knowledge—be helpful as well as helped. org/ resources/jobs) The granddaddy of all CSR associations and job listings. netimpact. org) An exceptional association with a useful job board aimed at MBA students and grads, but worthwhile for any professional interested in CSR. To access job listings, you must become a member. Rates range from $20 to $55 annually.

I thought I’d follow the financial and accounting path, but the position sounded pretty appealing and reflected things that I’d taken for granted. What I saw in the job was the opportunity to help Xerox people do the right thing, and sometimes you need a little help deciding what that is. What aspects of your job relate to CSR? I manage the code of conduct for business policy, the training 34 W E T F E E T I N S ID ER GU ID E on fraud and expected behaviors, and investigations into fraud. We provide a lot of the statistical data relative to policy compliance, ethics violations, and discipline for noncompliance.

How did you wind up with this kind of career? I began my career as a political organizer. I then took my grassroots organizing skills to the for-profit world as national public affairs manager for The Body Shop. In that role I managed a series of public awareness and action campaigns that launched in stores nationwide. After business school, I served as an associate program manager for Population Services International’s AIDS prevention programs in West Africa. I then worked as an independent consultant for Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility.

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