How to Become a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

How to Become a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager: Career Guide

If you are interested in helping organizations ensure their practices, processes, products and procedures are ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly, then you might be interested in a career as a corporate social responsibility manager.


Below we've outlined what you'll need to become a social responsibility manager. We've also included helpful information for a corporate social responsibility career, such as job description, job duties, salary expectations, a list of possible employers and much more!



Education Needed to Become a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

The educational requirements to becoming a corporate social responsibility manager vary from employer to employer, and from position to position.


Aspiring corporate social responsibility managers should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a field such as political science, economics, business, environmental science or communications. Because of the complexity of the position, having a master’s or doctoral degree in any of the aforementioned fields is preferred. 




Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Job Description

Corporate social responsibility managers, also known as corporate social responsibility directors, oversee the development and implementation of a corporation’s social responsibility objectives. These objectives may include minimizing the effects the corporation has on the environment, promoting human rights, giving back to the community, or others. Corporate social responsibility managers must ensure that their efforts benefit the company and the community it serves. 



Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Job Duties

• Ensure that the organization is open to employees from all different walks of life

• Reinforce the social responsibility policies of the company through internal communication

• Attract new recruits by ensuring a positive public perception of the company

• Ensure that promotion form within is taken seriously by management

• Confer with Internal Compliance personnel to ensure policies and best practices are in place to minimize risk to the public

• Confer with the Marketing department to oversee company branding

• Communicate to the public through marketing and public relations efforts that social responsibility is taken seriously



Who Hires Corporate Social Responsibility Managers?

Corporate social responsibility managers are typically full-time salaried employees, although it is not uncommon for them to work as consultants, contractors or on an interim basis. They often work for the following types of organizations:


• Publicly owned corporation

• Private Corporation

• Charitable organization or NGO

• Federal, provincial/state or municipal government agency

• University or college





Value of an Effective Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

By having a great CSR strategy and hiring an effective corporate social responsibility manager, an organization is not only putting itself in a position to accomplish philanthropic goals, it is putting itself in a position to increase profitability by reducing waste, and attracting top level talent by creating an attractive reputation. 



Career Experience Needed to Become a CSR Manager

A career as a corporate social responsibility manager is considered a senior level or executive level position. As such, corporate social responsibility managers typically have a significant amount of management experience in a variety of fields, including public policy, accounting, communications and other similar fields.



Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Jobs

Our job board below has "Corporate Social Responsibility Manager" postings in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Careers Related to Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

Listed below are jobs that are similar in nature to Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.


Communications Consultant

Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator

Legal Advisor


Media Analyst

Public Relations Specialist



References: Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Career

Please consult the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as a corporate social responsibility manager.


The CR and Sustainability Salary Survey 2012 report:



Scholarships for Becoming a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

Scholarships listed for majors that apply to becoming a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager can be found on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point to becoming a corporate social responsibility. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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