CSR Lab

We amplify the value of corporate responsibility and sustainability for companies and the world.

Purpose

 

Perspective

When we look through the three lenses of what the world needs, generating business value/return on investment (ROI), and what companies can do — there is immense value and impact to be unlocked and unleashed.

What the world needs

Collectively, we face many environmental and social challenges. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a good proxy for “what the world needs”.

 Generating business value/ROI

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability can generate significant internal ROI for an organization. This can include brand, reputation, recruitment, retention, productivity, sales, new markets, new products, stakeholder relationships, efficiency, and risk reduction.

 What companies can do

Companies that want to maximize ROI and impact should look for opportunities to embed CSR and sustainability in the core of the business, and true leaders find ways to catalyze others in their value chain–and beyond. Companies can also leverage their operations, their values, their people, and their investments to amplify ROI and impact.

Representative engagements

Interested in starting a
conversation or learning more?

We are always happy to discuss CSR, sustainability, ROI,
impact, strategy, goals, targets, communication, or SDGs. 

“Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”

 

Larry FinkCEO | Blackrock

“Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”

 

Larry FinkCEO | Blackrock

Expertise

 

Services

CSR Lab helps companies become leaders and helps leaders become catalysts.

Catalytic CSR 
Strategy

  • Assessing current state of company CSR, envisioning desired future state, and building a roadmap to get there
  • Helping clients be catalysts, engage and influence others (suppliers, customers, employees, competitors, etc.) to amplify impact

Embedding Purpose

  • Embedding and integrating purpose throughout the business

CSR Elements

  • Building and improving the key elements of CSR – core business practices, sustainability (carbon, water, waste), philanthropy, volunteerism, diversity & inclusion, ethics & transparency, leveraging the value chain

Goals & Targets

  • Setting ambitious goals and targets, including science-based targets
  • Visualizing the glide paths and necessary investments to achieve targets

Impact & Measurement

  • Mapping and aligning CSR activity and strategy to drive measurable change on priority SDGs
  • Measuring impact on priority SDGs

ROI & Valuation

  • Making the business case for CSR—using methods and language that speak convincingly to CFOs and CEOs
  • Measuring value of CSR ROI—past, current, and future

Strategic Communications

  • Mapping of internal and external stakeholders and analyzing audiences
  • Reimagining materiality, in partnership with Valutus, Materiality2
  • Strategic reporting, including annual CSR reports

Behavioral Design

  • Identifying stakeholders or audiences whose behavior is to be influenced
  • Creating and then embedding behavioral design into CSR and sustainability programs

Interested in starting a
conversation or learning more?

We are always happy to discuss CSR, sustainability, ROI,
impact, strategy, goals, targets, communication, or SDGs. 

“To be successful in the long term, we must create value not only for our shareholders but also for society.”

 

Paul Bulcke |Board Chairman & Former CEO | Nestlé S.A

“To be successful in the long term, we must create value not only for our shareholders but also for society.”

Paul Bulcke |Board Chairman & Former CEO | Nestlé S.A

about

 

We work with companies of varying sizes in myriad industries around the world to drive measurable return for people, planet, and profit. We help clients build truly compelling stories–and tell them compellingly. We have over 20 years of expertise in CSR and sustainability, and a proud history of advising leaders in this space.

Who We Work With

  • Public and private domestic and global companies of all sizes, from Fortune 10 multinationals to startups
  • All industries, including technology, pharma, biotech, retail, financial services, media, energy, and NGOs
  • Companies, foundations, industries, and coalitions that want to make a positive impact locally, regionally, nationally, or globally
  • Businesses that want to build leading-edge CSR or sustainability programs from scratch
  • Businesses that want to take existing CSR or sustainability programs to the next level
  • Foundations that want to maximize their impact in a community or on a focus area

Phillip Clawson

Founder and Managing Director of CSR Lab

Phil is a catalytic Corporate Responsibility (CR) executive with a 20-year track record of creating innovative social, environmental, and business solutions to amplify ROI for people, planet, and profit. Phil is adept at engaging and activating key stakeholders to drive societal impact and measurable business value. He is a collaborative builder of compelling CR stories that drive social and environmental change and support brand, reputation, talent recruitment/retention, productivity, sales, stakeholder relationships, and efficiency.

From 2013 through 2016, Phil was the Assistant Vice President of Community Responsibility for Fortune 100 financial services firm MassMutual Financial Group. In this role he collaboratively led Corporate Responsibility, helping manage an 11-person team and $20M CR budget. From 2002 through 2013, Phil was the founder and managing director of Community Matters Group, a corporate responsibility consulting firm. Prior to that, Phil was the director of Arthur Andersen’s community involvement for the Northeast US. Before that, Phil led community involvement for John Hancock Signature Services.

Phil served as an advisor to the founders of MIT’s SHIFT.tools online platform. He is an Affiliate Partner and a member of the Reporting 3.0 Reporting Blueprint Working Group. He has also served on the Sustainability Advisory Board for Biogen.

Throughout his career, Phil has received numerous awards and has spoken at many business schools, as well as national and international corporate responsibility conferences. Since founding CSR Lab at the end of 2016, Phil has presented/keynoted at more than ten CR and Sustainability conferences in the US, Denmark, Canada, and Thailand.

“I think if the people who work for a business are proud of the business they work for, they’ll work that much harder, and therefore, I think turning your business into a real force for good is good business sense as well.”

 

Richard Branson | Founder | Virgin Group

“I think if the people who work for a business are proud of the business they work for, they’ll work that much harder, and therefore, I think turning your business into a real force for good is good business sense as well.”

 

Richard Branson | Founder | Virgin Group

Recommendations

 

Phil is a strong advisor to help guide the organization towards a process that elevates their CSR efforts to be a best in class. He helped drive our processes and efforts to be more of a catalyst and leader than we were at the time.

More importantly, the timeline we had was insanely tight, and without hesitation or issues he and the team met the deadline with two days to spare! It was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen.

Chris Barr

Biogen

On the year-long journey to develop and to seek management’s approval of a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy for Novartis, Phil was an integral and seamless part of our team. He brought a wealth of other corporate experience in sustainability and, with that, was able to offer valuable insights on a number of topics, including typical hurdles encountered in seeking to move large corporations to a new, higher level of ambition and how it might be approached.

 

Karen Coyne

Novartis

Phil Clawson is knowledgeable, detail oriented and quickly becomes part of the team. He is a creative thinker who sees a concept from 35,000 feet and works with you to manage and execute all the pieces from start to finish.

Phil can easily switch gears mid-stream, works well with high level executives and understands how to work with them to move a project forward.

Any company large or small looking to establish a CSR platform can turn to Phil to create a strategy and execute it flawlessly.

Faith S. Weiner

Stop & Shop

Thank you for your help in researching potential strategic charity partners for Staples Foundation for Learning. Your extensive networking base and thorough research resulted in several quality options for the foundation to choose from in two very different areas —diversity and the environment. I am confident that the organizations we select will be dynamic fits for our foundation, due to your careful analysis.
 

Joy Errico

Staples

Phillip is highly capable of finding a clear path in a sea of ambiguity. After a brief meeting reviewing some of the dozens of challenges, opportunities and questions I was stuck on, he was able to quickly focus our efforts onto two key points so that I could move forward, and with a higher degree of impact. Whether you have been doing social responsibility initiatives for years or you are just starting out, Phillip can help keep your long-term planning and objectives moving.

Laurie Kinsman

Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers

One thing that I really appreciated was your objectivity, you were able to distance yourself from things and very objectively give us feedback. You took a lot of complex thinking and experiences and knowledge that we had in our heads and organized it in ways that gave structure to this project. That was one of the most phenomenal contributions that you were able to provide, constantly pushing us to be clear and focused about our thinking.
 

Geeta Pradhan

The Boston Foundation

Because of your involvement in the Boston Indicators Project, we were able to gain access to systems thinking which has been tremendously valuable to the project.

Having you in the room was of tremendous assistance in facilitating our process. You were patient, you were very creative and you helped us capture the knowledge in the room and organize it. Your work allowed us to keep building from one session to the next until we really had a very useful product.

You added a level of rigor that we simply would never have gotten to on our own.

Charlotte Kahn

The Boston Foundation

Your expertise in strategic planning helped us to move quickly to identify our goals, our internal strengths and resources, and then to choose a strategy that would create value for The Globe and for the community. Involving our employees in focus groups was a valuable tool, and had never been done before by the Globe Foundation.

Your clear thinking, knowledge of local nonprofits, and strategic vision—coupled with your clear personal commitment to the Foundation’s success—were all key ingredients in making everything turn out so well. 

Leah Bailey

The Boston Globe Foundation

“The new currency of legitimacy for business will be outcomes. It’s all about action, delivery and real impact.”

 

Paul Polman | CEO | Unilever

“The new currency of legitimacy for business will be outcomes. It’s all about action, delivery and real impact.”

 

Paul Polman | CEO | Unilever

Connect

 

Phone

+1-617-297-7001

 


Email
info@csrlab.com