From the Publisher
Praise from the Publisher for Just Good Business
"Kellie's book offers a practical and visionary approach to CSR in business. She is passionate and insightful and a brilliant communicator. This book will be invaluable in showing business leaders everywhere how to approach and communicate the benefits of CSR in business strategy."
--Enda Kelly, Partner, Ernst & Young
"Kellie is the leading expert and advocate for CSR. There's simply no one better. We've benefited enormously from her counsel and collaboration. I strongly recommend Just Good Business to business leaders who want to make CSR an integral part of their overall brand strategy."
--Gary Elliott, Vice President, Corporate and Brand Marketing, HP
"For organizations looking to propel their current CSR efforts, Kellie's practical and inspiring book is a must-read. Kellie has helped us at McDonald's to better understand and evolve our thinking around this important subject."
--Bridget Coffing, Vice President, Corporate Communications, McDonald's Corporation
"With clarity and in-depth case studies, Just Good Business shows how to leverage CSR programs by branding them and linking that brand to the corporation and its business model. It changes CSR from random feel-good expenditures to a program that both draws on and supports the firm's business strategy."
--David Aaker, Vice Chairman, Prophet, and author of Spanning Silos and Brand Portfolio Strategy
"Kellie's thought partnership and deep experience have been a great complement to our efforts, particularly as we have worked to bring CSR to life in our brands. Her book should be required reading for any executive whose company is embracing CSR as a core tenet of business strategy."
--Art Peck, Executive Vice President, Operations & Strategy, Gap Inc.. and President, Gap Inc Outlet
From the Back Cover
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) can help companies build customer loyalty, recruit and retain employees, and stand out in a crowded marketplace. But to be most effective, CSR must be intimately connected to the corporate brand--it must reinforce a company's unique identity and be an integral part of how a company tells its story. How can your company make the most of this potential competitive advantage and business strategy?
Kellie McElhaney, one of the world's leading experts on CSR strategy, offers a detailed process for seamlessly integrating your CSR efforts into your overall business objectives. "My goal," she writes, "is not to tell you how to force your CSR strategy to be more authentic. My goal is actually to help you develop a CSR strategy that is authentic because of its natural linkage to your company's mission, vision, and values."
Just Good Business lays out a framework of seven principles that help you develop CSR initiatives that make good business sense and tell the world about them in ways that are compelling and memorable. McElhaney offers a wealth of practical advice on implementation, including how to measure the results of your CSR.
McElhaney draws on over ten years of previously unpublished CSR consulting engagements inside companies grappling with developing strategically aligned CSR initiatives. The book's case vignettes, examples, best practices, and strategic recommendations span a host of industries and sectors and draw upon her work with leading corporations, such as McDonald's, Nokia, Levi Strauss, Digicel, Birkenstock, Gap Inc., HP, and Pepperidge Farm.
Savvy companies carefully manage their brand in every area. CSR shouldn't be any different. Just Good Business offers a detailed blueprint that any company can use to ensure that its CSR strategy delivers significant, quantifiable, bottom-line benefits.