There are increasingly more companies which rely on a CSR plan, a document where you can find the actions and behaviour which the company should develop in order to carry out its actions in a coherent way coinciding with its values and, of course, showing society and its surroundings the respect that they deserve from the organization.
In spite of that, plans are the most of the time exactly that: plans and paper. And, of course, to plan is fundamental, defining strategies and actions is the foundation of the development of any activity relating to CSR, but how can we avoid that the plans only stay written on paper?
4 key points which will lead the company to take action:
1. Timing, timing, timing… 70% of the company’s success to turn the plan into facts is in the plan itself. Define a time frame! The fact of having a timeframe for each action will push you to take the necessary actions in the specified time.
2. Team involvement. CSR isn’t just to do with the company directors’, it’s also to do with the team, in the same way that the company is not just the person who manages it, but also all of its employees as well. Make them take part of every CSR action, in a way that they themselves will be the force behind what makes the company accomplish what is established in the plan.
3. Division of labour. If you have an involved team, who is willing to work to make this world a better place to live and to do it from the company, now is the moment to give them responsibilities. Who does what? Answer this question and entrust the responsibility of each big or small task to a specific person. Remember that a lot of people doing small things can achieve big goals.
4. Commitment to the community. Your team is one of the company’s most important audiences, but not the only one. Share your plans with your network of followers, with your customer … Don’t be afraid of commitment, engage with your community to act accordingly to your CSR plans! Tell them about your plans and let your commitment with those people push you to make the plan become real actions.
If you already have your CSR plan, now is the time to take action!