What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

Meaghan Weeden | February 11, 2021 | 4 min read


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a business model that allows companies to integrate social and environmental responsibility directly into their operations + practices. CSR is self-regulated and is a great opportunity for companies to make a positive impact and establish themselves as leaders in this growing space. And it pays off — studies show that the majority of consumers prefer to purchase environmentally friendly products. 

Although the term Corporate Social Responsibility emphasizes corporations, businesses of any size can be socially responsible and leverage their efforts with their audiences. In fact, we've helped thousands of businesses achieve their sustainability goals, improve credibility, and grow a loyal customer base that keeps coming back for more. 

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So how does it work?

Because CSR is voluntary and every company is different, there's no one way to incorporate social responsibility into your business. Some companies weave it into the very fabric of their practices and goals, while others create unique CSR programs that align with their purpose and values. And as long as the actions aim to benefit environmental, social, and economic sustainability and are guided by solid ethics and transparency, that's perfectly alright.

Many businesses that work with us adopt a simple One-for-One model, which is a great way to get started! This can mean anything from planting one tree for every product or service sold to donating a percentage of sales, setting up a recurring donation, or tying tree planting to social media campaigns. Other options include joining larger initiatives, encouraging employee engagement, sponsoring tree planting events, and more.

Here's how some companies approach it:

save the planet


  • Using renewable energy to power production facilities
  • Retrofitting office buildings to improve energy efficiency
  • Building low-impact supply chains + distribution processes
  • Using biodegradable or recyclable packaging
  • Planting trees for every product sold
humane treatment of workers


  • Supporting local causes and sponsoring community events
  • Ethically sourcing raw materials throughout supply chains
  • Engaging employees with quality volunteer opportunities
  • Being transparent with all stakeholders
environmentally friendly products


  • Balancing the impacts of short and long-term investments over time
  • Creating products with quality materials that are built to last
  • Investing in your business by greening up infrastructure, updating policies, and adjusting protocols as new technologies become available
  • Promoting a supportive corporate culture to improve employee retention
  • Investing in your employees by providing ongoing opportunities for training and improvement
environmental footprint


Looking to incorporate CSR and become a more sustainable business? Sign up your business and become an official One Tree Planted reforestation partner today!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to create community forest spaces across England. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Invite educational opportunities by engaging local schools
  • Create publicly accessible woodlands for community spaces
  • Increase forest connectivity for native biodiversity
  • England, in the United Kingdom, used to have abundant forest coverage, but changes in land use have caused significant deforestation. In addition to being critical to protecting the climate, forests also build community. This reforestation project will be a highly engaging, community-led initiative to create educational opportunities, volunteer planting events, and public spaces so that everyone, including the most marginalized communities, can enjoy England's native flora and fauna.Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • These more than one million trees will make a significant climate impact, sequestering carbon and creating climate resilience by mitigating flooding and the effects of pollution. This project supports increased access to public woodland, especially for communities in need, with opportunities for community engagement and improved public health. Organizations like Forest School and Woodland Outreach will be able to integrate the project with school education to get children out in nature.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • Our partner has chosen native trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the area. This includes the following: Pedunculate/Common Oak, Downy Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Small-leaved lime, Rowan, Silver Birch, Common Alder, Aspen, Goat Willow, Field Maple, Hornbeam, Beech, Blackthorn and tens more.


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