Stanford Social Innovation Review | Winter 2009
Defying the stereotype that all corporate lobbying is self-interested, some companies are using their government affairs staffs and advocacy skills to lobby for important social issues. As a part of strategic CSR, lobbying for social change should focus on issues that matter to business.
- While nonprofits are usually known as the advocates for social good, corporations can use their carefully cultivated connections and wider lobbying leeway to lobby for important social issues.
- Companies that shift their CSR activities to those that align most closely with their business operations and goals are in the best position to make a difference.
- Companies should partner with nonprofits, not merely be their benefactor. Philanthropies benefit from companies’ strong voices and connections.