Corporate Social Responsibility Programs

Alicia Brown , 12 March 2024

In an era where corporate accountability is paramount, practices increasingly recognise the importance of integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into their operations. Alicia Brown from New Doors has developed a new guide on CSR for architects, highlighting key details for six CSR programs.

Government, institutional and, increasingly, corporate clients are becoming more conscious of their role in shaping communities and impacting the environment. In turn, they require capital works service providers to provide evidence of their CSR credentials in their procurement processes. Understanding this imperative, New Doors has developed a comprehensive CSR Report, offering insights and guidance tailored specifically for architects and businesses involved in the built environment.

Which CSR program is right for you?

Navigating the landscape of CSR accreditation and certification programs can be daunting. With many options available, choosing the right fit for your organisation is crucial. Recognising this challenge, the report delves into six leading certification programs currently available in Australia. Each profile includes an outline of the certification process, costs, benefits and key considerations.

However, it’s important to recognise that certification is not a silver bullet. Achieving CSR accreditation necessitates organisational transformation – a commitment to embedding sustainability and ethical practices into the fabric of operations. This demands time, effort and ongoing financial investment. Yet, the dividends of such endeavours are profound.

Learning from experience

New Doors interviewed businesses that have successfully attained recognised certification to underscore the tangible benefits of CSR certification. Across the board, participants echoed the sentiment that the journey towards certification was not only valuable but also immensely rewarding. From enhanced brand reputation to increased stakeholder trust, the returns on investment are undeniable.

The report encompasses a diverse array of certification programs, each tailored to address specific facets of CSR and carbon emissions reduction. Covering established programs like B Corp and Climate Active, the report provides insights into the nuances of each program. By demystifying the certification process and highlighting the potential impacts on business operations, the report empowers practices to navigate the CSR landscape.


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