Stress levels increase as CSR professionals fight their cornerMarch 2009
CSR practitioners are feeling more stressed than they did three years ago.
A survey of individual members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) found the proportion who believe their job is ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressful has risen to 24 per cent – double the number when similar research was last conducted in 2006.
Problems facing the respondents included trying to influence internal operations, reported by 92 per cent as an important hurdle to be overcome; acquiring budgets, highlighted by 88 per cent; and meeting ‘onerous reporting demands’, noted by 73 per cent.
Mike Kelly, chair of the CRG’s voluntary board of directors, said the worsening financial climate may have contributed to the greater stress levels. He said one respondent was fairly typical when telling the survey: ‘With the economic problems businesses are facing I see the main difficulty will be keeping CSR high on the business agenda and not cutting spend or commitment to it.’
However, the research, by the ASE consultancy, showed practitioners have made progress in integrating corporate responsibility into everyday business activities. Altogether 84 per cent said CSR was now considered a mainstream business issue in their organization, compared with 72 per cent in 2006.
CRG is a network of about 300 CSR professionals working for 104 British companies. Individuals from 64 of the companies were interviewed in July and August last year.
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