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
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. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • 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.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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