"[T]his is a must-read for HR professionals, students and those interested in holistic management. It’s rare to find a business book where you learn as much from the protagonist’s chats with her daughter as from the case studies. Enjoy."
"Unlike many CSR books out there, CSR for HR
is not preaching to the choir. It is intended primarily for HR managers who may have heard of CSR but don't really know what it means in practice, or how it relates to the job they currently have.
Elaine Cohen, currently co-founder and managing consultant of Beyond Business Ltd., has more than 25 years of experience in executive positions at various global companies, including 8 years as an HR executive at Unilever. As a result, she offers a unique insider-perspective that breaks CSR down into real terms. Through her narrative, Cohen shows HR managers how to engage employees, develop corporate culture, and communicate progress through CSR reporting. The story is informative as well as inspiring. As Cohen tells us, 'Sharon realizes she doesn't need to sit around and wait for her CEO or executive team to develop a comprehensive CSR strategy for the HR function.' HR managers interact with employees (a key stakeholder group) in innumerable ways. CSR strategy can come from the top down, but for it to really stick, the employees need to be ready for it.
Cohen's book gives HR managers the information and confidence needed to open their companies up to the opportunities that can come from CSR."
"In CSR for HR
, Elaine Cohen has described one of the true ‘secrets of success’ for leading companies in the 21st century. In a clear, compelling and engaging way, she outlines the tremendous role HR professionals can play to advance corporate social responsibility within their companies while enhancing recruiting, retention and engagement."
"When new or potential employees first connect to our HR departments, we have an opportunity to show them something of the company culture. As a company with a strong CSR commitment, it is important to emphasize how these principles are integrated into all aspects of our company. Elaine Cohen offers compelling ideas for how to make that happen, beginning in HR and radiating out to all functions of the business."
About the Author
Elaine Cohen is passionate about CSR, HR, sustainability reporting and social justice. Elaine is the co-founder and managing consultant of Beyond Business Ltd, a leading CSR consulting and sustainability reporting firm, serving a long list of international companies and non-profit clients. Prior to work in this field, Elaine gained over 20 years of business experience with Procter & Gamble (eight years in supply chain executive roles in Europe), with Unilever (eight years as VP for Human Resources with Unilever Israel) and a range of other roles with smaller companies. Elaine served as manager of the Israeli Society for Human Resources Management during the period 2005-2007. She makes a contribution to the community as a board member of a women's empowerment non-profit and offers sustainability services to non-profits. Elaine lectures widely on CSR and the connection between CSR and Human Resources, and is a committed blogger on CSR and HR, as well as providing expert reviews of sustainability reports for CorporateRegister.com and Ethical Corporation magazine. She also records CSR commentary and insights for 3BL TV and writes for many printed journals and websites. Elaine holds a (double) Honours BA degree in Modern Languages from Bradford University (UK), is Manchester (UK)-born and has lived in Israel since 1990. She is married with two children.