Boundaries & Definitions
The changes made to this year's survey reflect the diversification of the corporate responsibility sector, including the types of job functions and professionals who are now classed as CR/S professionals. To ensure the credibility of the results, this survey has clearly defined boundaries – especially in relation to the participants.
To ensure useful, repeatable data is collected, the survey will concentrate on the following :
- CR/S professionals working within large commercial organisations (including cooperatives, mutuals and limited liability partnerships)
- Consultants working in dedicated CR/S Consultancies, or in CR/S Consulting Teams within larger professional services groups
- CR/S professionals working within select public bodies and CR/S-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Though there are many terms currently used for 'corporate responsibility' (including corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship etc) for the purposes of this survey, and for continuity, we use the term 'CR/S', in reference to all the above.