Corporate Social Responsibility and Grassroots Sport

There is a seismic shift happening, with brands increasingly being driven by ‘purpose.’ This has started to realign focus towards avenues that have direct, measurable impact on communities.

This new focus on purpose highlights the growing importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but what role does grassroots sport have to play in CSR? The answer is an increasingly big one.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

According to Harvard Business School, CSR is “the idea that a business has a responsibility to the society that exists around it”.

CSR can include various actions and initiatives undertaken by companies to address social and environmental issues and make a positive impact, such as adopting sustainable practices, upholding high ethical standards and boosting employee well-being.

What is grassroots sport?

Grassroots sport refers to sports activities that take place at the community level, typically involving amateur or recreational participation. It serves as a platform for promoting physical health, social interaction, personal development, and community cohesion.

Grassroots sport is deeply rooted in local communities and has a strong emphasis on inclusion. It focuses on engaging individuals of all ages and backgrounds within a specific community, promoting sports participation and physical activity.

How do the two work together?

In the early history of CSR, businesses would focus their efforts on philanthropy and charitable giving, before a shift towards sustainability and social responsibility in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. 

CSR and sport have continued to work together, involving a focus on inclusivity; and brands are increasingly recognising that by supporting grassroots sport, they can drive change and increase positive outcomes for all.  

In order to continue providing this positive impact on the millions of people that play grassroots sport, brand investment is imperative. Through CSR and sport, businesses are allowing grassroots sports teams to sustain their activities and in many cases, expand them to impact more people in their communities.

By supporting grassroots sport through CSR initiatives, businesses are able to enhance their brand reputation, build authentic relationships with consumers, and align business goals with societal needs.

How Gift of Kit can help

Gift of Kit is the bridge between brands and grassroots sport. We’ve helped facilitate millions in investment into grassroots while delivering CSR results for brands such as Sky Sports, Deliveroo and Starling Bank. If you want to harness the power of grassroots to meet your CSR objectives, get in touch

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