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Corporate social responsibility

Is CSR worth your time? The CSR experience at Bibby Financial Services

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By Tomasz Kukulski, president of the board, Bibby Financial Services

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the idea that businesses should not only make a profit, but also take care of the world around them. It’s an investment that looks after the best interest of both the firm and its surrounding environment. A long-term strategy designed to improve sustainability, stakeholder wellbeing and corporate reputation. This article will identify the two types of CSR, showcase their benefits, and give a real-life example of the CSR initiatives at Bibby Financial Services.

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Sustainability grows in Castorama across different areas

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Ukraine – how we help in BNP Paribas Bank Polska

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We can, so we help

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Freightliner PL, a Genesee & Wyoming company, standing in support of the people of Ukraine

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Helping locally and globally – Shell’s efforts to support Ukrainians

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CSR is in our DNA

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Responsible business is about partnerships and discussion

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