Social Justice

Research has shown that companies with effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs are more profitable than those who don’t have them.

Over the last 50 years, corporations have relied on these programs, which include social issue marketingphilanthropic efforts, employee volunteer initiatives, and diversity and inclusion work, to build their brands and satisfy customers.

Now, consumers and employees are raising the bar.

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis has driven one of the largest protest movements in recent memory, and the widespread reactions to the standard CSR playbook suggest that old best practices may no longer work.

Consumers and employees are now looking for more than Corporate Social Responsibility — they’re looking for Social Justice.

Social Justice is a reframing of CSR that centers the focus of any initiative or program on the measurable, lived experiences of groups harmed and disadvantaged by society.

Social Justice is a framework regulated by the trust between a company and its employees, customers, shareholders, and the broader community it touches, with the goal of explicitly doing good by all of them.

The PIVOT Foundation’s Social Justice program is the vehicle by which organizations can
understand this new paradigm that imagines a healthier and mutually beneficial relationship
between organizations and the communities in which they do business.