Listen + Learn: 5 Podcasts To Inspire Your CSR Strategy

We picked five podcast episodes to keep you informed on the latest stories, research, and insights from the corporate social responsibility and social impact communities.


Hear new ideas from leaders, subject matter experts, and researchers in these five CSR strategy podcasts.

    1. The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast

    Rahama Wright, Founder and CEO of Shea Yeleen, discusses her Washington, D.C.-based shea butter company that supports women-owned cooperatives in Ghana.

    “You can make money and empower people. You can make money and change the world.”

    2. Submittable’s Impact Audio

    Storme Gray, Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, gives her advice on embracing the next generation of philanthropic changemakers.

    “I’m a big believer in intergenerational knowledge-sharing and learning.

    “I believe you can’t know where you’re going until you understand where you’ve been… The biggest thing that the leaders of today could learn from their early- or mid-career, maybe younger staff: the power of inquiry, the curiosity.”

    3. Engage for Good

    Cheron Carlson, World Wildlife Fund’s Manager for Employee Engagement, shares tips on boosting employee engagement in donation campaigns.

    “Having executive leaders on board, or executive sponsors, really sets that tone for the employees… and it really emphasizes how much the company invests in this. But don’t forget that at the end of the day, employee engagement is… more bottom-up than top-down.”

    “Employees are most inspired by their co-workers, so create a space to recognize those employee champions.”

    4. REI’s Wild Ideas Worth Living

    Davis Smith, Founder and CEO of outdoor gear brand Cotopaxi, talks about the mission driving his company and their CSR work as a B Corp.

    “For us it’s about saving humanity. It’s a focus on humanitarian work.”

    “I believe we can eradicate poverty. That’s my life goal.”

    5. The Heart of Giving Podcast

    Uncover insights from the recent Donor Trust Report on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shared by Elvia Castro,’s Associate Director of Charity Reporting.

    “Organizations have to begin to be doing more to reach diverse audiences.”

    “Because as we’ve seen, there has been a decline in the number of people giving to organizations… over the last 20 years. Organizations, therefore, can’t be tone-deaf when it comes to understanding how the public feels about [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility] issues.”

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