The Best Reports on Corporate Social Responsibility and Shared Value — Updated 2018

Mark Horoszowski

Mark Horoszowski is the co-founder and CEO of

There is a lot of research on the benefits of corporate social responsibility and integrating social impact into businesses. In our findings, we see that these reports combine to show there are 7 research-backed reasons as to why businesses should be socially responsible.

This below list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s some of our favorite reading and it helped us develop our eBook, Connect the Dots, the Case for Integrating Social Impact And People Development Programs. So if you’re eager for some more industry research, statistics, and data, we recommend grabbing a BIG cup of coffee and skimming the following 28 reports:

  1. The Purpose-Driven Professional, Deloitte, 2015
  2. Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement: Making the Connection, Mandrake, 2009
  3. How Millennials Want to Live and Work, Gallup, 2016
  4. Influencing Workplace Culture Through Employee Recognition, SHRM / GloboForce, 2016
  5. Getting Beyond the BS of Leadership Literature, McKinsey, 2016
  6. The Employee Experience Index, IBM / GloboForce, 2017
  7. Purpose At Work, Imperative / LinkedIn, 2016
  8. Global Generations: Worklife Challenges Across the Generations, EY, 2015
  9. Workplace Learning Report, LinkedIn 2018
  10. Making the Most of Corporate Social Responsibility, McKinsey 2009
  11. Annual Global CEO Survey, PwC, 2018
  12. The High Cost of Doing Nothing, Ken Blanchard Companies, 2011
  13. Rewriting the Rules for the Digital Age, Deloitte, 2017
  14. Why Leadership Development Programs Fail, McKinsey, 2017
  15. Five Trends Shaping Employee Social Impact Programs, Network for Good, 2017
  16. Workplace Boredom Study, Udemy, 2016
  17. Employee Experience as a Business Driver, SHRM / GloboForce 2016
  18. Corporate Social Responsibility: Implications for Human Resources and Talent Engagement, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, 2012
  19. When HR Meets CSR, the Business Benefits, CSR Wire, 2013
  20. Giving in Numbers, CECP, 2018
  21. What’s Working: Effective Employee Volunteering in Asia, Points of Light, 2017
  22. On the Brink of a Gamechanger, CIPD, 2015
  23. Beyond Retention, Deloitte, 2014
  24. Designing Work Cultures for the Global Era, SHRM, 2017
  25. The Global Human Capital Report, WEF, 2017
  26. Does Company Culture Really Pay Off? Glassdoor, 2015
  27. Employee Satisfaction and Corporate Performance, Journal of Corporate Finance, 2015
  28. Creating Shared Value, Harvard Business Review, 2011

Are we missing any reports that you think should be on this list?

If you’re interested in helping your own company become more socially responsible, check-out our Corporate Impact Teams program.