Sometimes known as sustainability, sustainable development or corporate responsibility, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is usually defined as a company’s obligation to all of its stakeholders across all of its activities with the aim of achieving sustainable development in the economic, social and environmental dimensions.

Stakeholders can include employees, customers, suppliers, community organisations, the environment, subsidiaries and affiliates, local neighbourhoods, the planet, investors and shareholders.

Professional accountants have a crucial role in minimising environmental damage and putting social responsibility at the heart of strategy. They're in a unique position to make real, impactful change and be at the centre of sustainable development, including driving climate action in the organisations they lead and work for.

We’ve been actively involved with the unfolding debate on corporate social and environmental responsibility since 1990. Find out more about the issues related to sustainability, the impact on organisations and the part you can play on Accounting for a Better World.

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