17 CSR Facts You Need To Know

As employees and customers demand that companies act on growing social, environmental, and political crises in their communities and around the world, here are 17 must-know facts.


Get fast facts about corporate social responsibility to make the case for your company’s next social impact initiative, convince your board to increase your corporate foundation budget, or grow your CSR team.

These statistics are sourced from more than a dozen well-regarded research reports and are grouped into five key themes: purpose, employee engagement, disaster response, customers and cause marketing, and employee volunteering.


    Fact #1—Companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market.
    Source: EY The Business Case for Purpose

    Fact #2—70% of employees said they would be more likely to recommend their employer if they prioritized social justice.
    Source: Benevity’s State of Corporate Purpose

    Fact #3—91% of employees surveyed said their company’s purpose made them feel like they were in the right place amid global challenges, like the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty.
    Source: Purpose Under Pressure

    Employee Engagement

    Fact #4—More than 90% of companies support employee engagement, now the most universal type of partnership activity.
    Source: For Momentum – Next Level Corporate Partner Report

    Fact #5—US employees who fall into the “not engaged” and “actively disengaged” categories cost their companies $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity annually.
    Source: Gallup

    Fact #6—Half of employees believe their employer should connect them with opportunities for charitable engagement.
    Source: America’s Charities Snapshot

    Fact #7—32% of Generation Zs and 33% of millennials say decisions are made from the top down within their organizations and employee feedback is not often acted upon.
    Source: Source: Deloitte Gen Z-Millennial Survey

    Disaster Response

    Fact #8—Disaster relief accounted for 12% of overall corporate giving in 2020, up from just 3% in 2018, with the vast majority of gifts directed to immediate disaster relief, as opposed to risk reduction.
    Source: Giving in Numbers 2021

    Fact #9—According to a recent study by CECP, from 2020-2021 disaster relief was the funding area receiving the largest increase in median cash community investments (352%), a direct effect of companies’ efforts to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
    Source: Giving in Numbers 2021

    Fact #10—Globally, more than five times as much is spent on disaster response versus risk reduction.
    Source: The Future of Disaster Philanthropy Report

    Customers and Cause Marketing

    Fact #11—The vast majority of Gen Zs and millennials (90%) are making at least some effort to reduce their own environmental impact. In fact, 64% of Gen Zs would pay more to purchase an environmentally sustainable product.
    Source: Deloitte Gen Z-Milennial Survey

    Fact #12—Consumers are four times more likely to purchase from, and six times more likely to protect, purpose-driven companies.
    Source: Zeno Strength of Purpose Study

    Fact #13—81% of respondents believe CEOs should be personally visible when discussing what their company has done to benefit society.
    Source: Edelman Trust Barometer

    Fact #14—More companies than ever before are linking their brand with a social impact initiative, partially in response to COVID-19 and consumer pressures to play an integral role in recovery.
    Source: GlobalGiving

    Employee Volunteering

    Fact #15—Employees who are engaged and have high well-being were 19% more likely to volunteer their time in the past month.
    Source: Gallup

    Fact #16—Of 139 companies surveyed, virtual volunteering increased from only 38% of companies offering it in 2018 to 87% in 2020.
    Source: Giving in Numbers 2021

    Fact #17—71% of companies surveyed offered skills-based volunteer programs—either Pro Bono Service and/or Board Leadership—in 2020.
    Source: Covestro

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