Recommended Reading For The Committed CSR Professional

Are you working to address injustices, fund effective solutions, and take innovative approaches to social impact for a corporation? The job isn’t easy, but it’s even harder without the right context. This CSR reading list will equip you with tools to make a positive social impact.


1. “Social Innovation, Inc.” by Jason Saul

Could we have reached a new era where companies can profit from social change? Impact measurement expert Jason Saul explores the evolving role of business in society. Learn more.

2. “Decolonizing Wealth” by Edgar Villanueva

The power dynamics behind philanthropy and finance are often unjust. Grantmaking executive Edgar Villanueva explores the problems and opportunities in philanthropy from an indigenous perspective. Learn more.

3. “Getting Beyond Better” by Roger Martin and Sally R. Osberg

Can companies drive transformative change, rather than just incremental progress? These authors provide a guide for businesses and others who seek to make a lasting social impact through a social entrepreneurship model. Learn more.

4. “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

Are companies, the wealthy, and others with power just pretending to help? The author seeks to uncover motives and identify who is really benefiting from the changemaking industry. Learn more.

5. “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

What solutions should we be investing in and how can we be sure? Two Nobel Prize-winning economics measured the effectiveness of poverty solutions based on randomized control trials conducted around the globe. Learn more.

6. “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander

Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander fueled a social movement with this book. She calls attention to the current era of mass incarceration and racial injustice that denies African Americans the rights sought and seemingly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more.

7. “The B Corp Handbook, Second Edition: How You Can Use Business as a Force for Good” by Ryan Honeyman

What is a B Corp and how does the certification’s standards for environmental impact, social impact, and good governance help make business a force for good? Learn more.

8. “Conscious Capitalism” by Rajendra Sisodia, Bill George, and John Mackey

The authors demonstrate how purposeful leadership, stakeholder integration, and conscious workplace culture can make business work better. Learn more.

Did you like this reading list for CSR professionals? You might also like our recommended reading for nonprofit leaders.

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