|Organization||Asian Institute of Management RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility|
|Framework Title||Responsible Business|
|Topic||Importance of Formal and Informal Structures in Developing a CSR Strategy|
|Focus||CSR and Strategic CSR|
DESCRIPTION: The Responsible Business Framework shows that sustainable CSR means that embedding CSR in business requires companies to focus on formal and informal structures. Formal structures means that processes must be in place to encourage the practice of CSR. Informal structures refer more to the culture of the organization. Both are equally important of CSR is to be fully integrated into the company’s way of doing business. The more structures are in place the more effective CSR activities would be.
USAGE: This framework may be used to discuss the importance of taking into consideration informal structures, which in many cases are less focused on than creating formal systems (i.e. creating a CSR department). Even if formal structures are in place if there is no change in attitude about CSR throughout the organization, then it would not be fully embedded in company operations.
TO CITE: Herrera, M.B., Alarilla, M.I. and Uy, R.L. (2011). Towards Strategic CSR: Aligning CSR with the Business and Embedding CSR in the Organization: A Manual for Practitioners. Makati City: Asian Institute of Management.