#95: The Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility, A Conversation with Caitlin Kawaguchi

Jul 08, 2021

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

What exactly is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? What should social change leaders know about CSR? In this episode, we talk with Caitlin Kawaguchi, Chief Operating Officer at Parkes Philanthropy.  She is helping build an innovative new impact consultancy that helps nonprofits, corporations, and individuals to effect positive change in the world. In this episode, we discuss corporate social responsibility and learn from Caitlin’s experiences in working across multiple sectors to create change.  

  • Hear about Caitlin’s background in in the nonprofit and corporate sectors and within advocacy organizations

  • Learn what CSR (corporate social responsibility) is and why it is important

  • Hear how corporate clients are understanding the value of doing good and how it improves their bottom line 

  • Understand what recommendations Caitlin has for start-up or small businesses to develop and launch their own corporate social responsibility program

More About Caitlin Kawaguchi 

Caitlin Kawaguchi has worked over the last seven years to catalyze impact across sectors with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and companies. As the COO at Parkes Philanthropy, she is helping build an innovative new impact consultancy that helps nonprofits, corporates, and individuals effect positive change in the world.

Prior to Parkes Philanthropy, she was the Founding Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Bird + Stone, an impact e-commerce startup raising funds and inspiring action for causes. She also has extensive experience creating cross-sector, shared-value initiatives, including co-leading Project Belize, PwC’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program in partnership with Belize’s Ministry of Education. 

In addition to her work in corporate impact, Caitlin also has extensive nonprofit experience, most recently advising on digital strategy for nonprofits and coalitions working on youth justice reform and opportunity youth policy issues.


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