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Membership FAQ

Common questions and answers about BSR and membership

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On Becoming a Member

  1. Who may join BSR?
  2. Does BSR offer membership for individuals?
  3. How does my company or organization join BSR?
  4. How much does membership cost?
  5. Are dues considered charitable contributions?
  6. What forms of payment does BSR accept for membership?
  7. I'm writing a check; can I pay for membership in currency other than U.S. dollars?
  8. When can my company or organization join BSR?
  9. Is membership annual or is it one-time?
  10. What are my company's obligations once it becomes a member?
  11. Is membership an endorsement of a company and its CSR efforts?
  12. Are there special membership rates for students doing research?
  13. Can I get the BSR Insight without becoming a member?

Once You're a Member

  1. I've forgotten my password; how can I retrieve it?
  2. How do I subscribe to the BSR Insight or change the email address it is sent to?
  3. How do I unsubscribe from the BSR Insight?
  4. How do I tell other BSR members about my company or organization and the services we offer?
  5. How can my company or organization promote its membership in BSR?
  6. How can I get a copy of an article that was summarized in the BSR Insight?
  7. Is it acceptable for me to forward the BSR Insight to my coworkers?
  8. Is it acceptable for me to forward the BSR Insight to someone who doesn't work for my company?
  9. My company has just done innovative CSR work; how may I get it mentioned in the BSR Insight?

About BSR

  1. What is BSR's mission?
  2. Who are the members of BSR?
  3. Does BSR certify companies?
  4. May I have a copy of your mailing list?
  5. May I have a copy of your annual report?
  6. Does BSR endorse any global standards?
  7. When and where is your next Conference?
  8. How can I get in touch with the local BSR chapter or network?
  9. May I intern at BSR?
  10. How do I contact BSR?

On Becoming a Member

1. Who may join BSR?
BSR is an inclusive membership organization; membership is open to all companies, regardless of size, sector, location, level of CSR experience, corporate reputation, or other factors. There are no standards for CSR performance that must be achieved before a company can become a member of BSR. BSR prefers to work with companies who have an interest and commitment to improving their overall performance in key CSR areas.
Associate membership is also open to "non-company" organizations, such as nongovernmental organizations/nonprofits, government agencies, academic institutions, foundations, and trade associations.

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2. Does BSR offer membership for individuals?
No. Membership in BSR is open to companies and organizations only. Memberships for individuals are available at Net Impact and Social Venture Network.

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3. How does my company or organization join BSR?
Complete this inquiry form, and we'll follow up with you shortly.

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4. How much does membership cost?
Annual dues are based on a company's gross annual revenues or an organization’s annual operating budget. Please refer to this chart of our annual membership dues.

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5. Are dues considered charitable contributions?
No. While BSR is a 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit organization, members receive services and benefits in return for their annual membership dues. Therefore, membership dues are not a charitable contribution.

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6. What forms of payment does BSR accept for membership?
BSR accepts payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express), but a transaction fee will be applied. Payments may also be made by check (make payable to "BSR") or wire transfer. Email memberservices@bsr.org for wire transfer details. Membership dues are non-refundable.

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7. I'm writing a check; can I pay for membership in currency other than U.S. dollars?
At this time, payment is accepted in U.S. dollars only.

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8. When can my company or organization join BSR?
Membership may be initiated any time.

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9. Is membership annual or is it one-time?
Annual dues cover twelve months from the date of membership and renews annually in the month your company joined.

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10. What are my company's obligations once it becomes a member?
We ask that all members read and adhere to our membership Policies and Benefits, created to protect our members' privacy, the value of membership, and the intellectual property of BSR. Every member receives a copy of BSR's Membership Policies and Benefits on joining, which may also be obtained for free by downloading the PDF file.
BSR places no other formal obligations or expectations on its members in terms of their policies, practices, or performance. BSR encourages its members to get involved in CSR through engagement with our staff of experts, participation in projects or working groups, attendance at the annual BSR Conference, and participation in other member-only activities and events. We have found that members receive greater benefits by engaging actively.

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11. Is membership an endorsement of a company and its CSR efforts?
No. Membership in BSR is not an endorsement of the member company or organization, its policies, practices or performance, or that of any subsidiaries or business partners.

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12. Are there special membership rates for students doing research?
Student memberships are not available. We encourage students to contact Net Impact, a network of emerging business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world.

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13. Can I get the BSR Insight without becoming a member?
No. The BSR Insight is an exclusive benefit to our members.

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Once You're a Member

14. I've forgotten my password; how can I retrieve it?
Please send an email request to memberservices@bsr.org.

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15. How do I subscribe to the BSR Insight or change the email address it is sent to?
Members may email memberservices@bsr.org with additional contact names (name, title, business mailing address, phone, fax, and email address), which we will add to the distribution list.
The complimentary BSR Insight subscription is available to direct employees of member companies or associates only. BSR asks that members provide valid company or organization email addresses (for example, jdoe@company.com or jdoe@organization.org). Please see Membership Policies and Benefits (PDF) for complete details on the complimentary subscription.

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16. How do I unsubscribe from the BSR Insight?
Email memberservices@bsr.org with your request. Do not hit "reply" to the email you received with the BSR Insight as this is a distribution email only and your message cannot be read. Unless you specify otherwise in your email, BSR will only unsubscribe you from BSR Insight.

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17. How do I tell other BSR members about my company or organization and the services we offer?
Members may not send mass communications or other solicitations to other members. BSR does not distribute third-party solicitations.

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18. How can my company or organization promote its membership in BSR?
BSR requests that members obtain permission to use BSR's name, logo, and statement of membership by contacting Member Services at memberservices@bsr.org.
Members may place BSR's logo, a statement of membership, and/or a link to the BSR site (http://www.bsr.org) on their website. Members may also use BSR's name and logo on other promotional materials with approval from Member Services. The use of BSR's name and logo are proprietary and protected by federal law. Membership and use of BSR's name and logo cannot be used as a statement of endorsement.

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19. How can I get a copy of an article that was summarized in the BSR Insight?
BSR does not provide the full text of articles summarized in the BSR Insight because of copyright restrictions, but does provide publication contact information either in the Sources Index at the end of each issue, or in response to requests to memberservices@bsr.org.

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20. Is it acceptable for me to forward the BSR Insight to my coworkers?
BSR distributes the BSR Insight directly to individual recipients. To add recipients to the BSR Insight distribution, please forward the new recipient's title, location, telephone number, and email address to memberservices@bsr.org. We understand that within some member companies, it may be preferable for a limited number of contacts to receive and distribute the BSR Insight to their coworkers and/or to post the BSR Insight to a company intranet. In this case, the BSR Insight may be shared with unlimited contacts within a member organization; however, contents may not be shared with contacts who are not direct employees of the member company.
BSR allows for a member to share the BSR Insight with direct employees through an internal system, such as a newsletter or intranet, so long as that system is strictly for direct employees of the member. BSR asks that the member reference BSR within the internal system with the following:
The following is "BSR Insight," an electronic newsletter on corporate social responsibility published biweekly by BSR (http://www.bsr.org). We share this valuable information with permission from BSR. [Member Name] is a member of BSR and any of our direct employees may receive the benefits of our membership. If you would like to receive the BSR Insight directly, or access more of the benefits of BSR membership, please email BSR's Member Services at memberservices@bsr.org.
BSR asks that, if possible, members also link to http://www.bsr.org and place the BSR logo within the internal system. Member Services can provide a high-resolution file of the logo for this purpose.

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21. Is it acceptable for me to forward the BSR Insight to someone who doesn't work for my company?
No. The BSR Insight is for BSR members only and can only be shared/forwarded to member organization personnel. If you know someone who would be interested in the BSR Insight or in receiving more information about BSR, you may ask us to send membership information. Your referral can be referenced in the accompanying letter.

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22. My company has just done innovative CSR work; how may I get it mentioned in the BSR Insight?
The BSR Insight covers the top issues, news, and reports that are relevant to corporate social responsibility. It contains lead articles, providing CSR solutions and case studies, news summaries, and recent reports. BSR does not accept press releases as source material. Please feel free to bring earned media coverage regarding your CSR performance to our attention by emailing memberservices@bsr.org.

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About BSR

23. What is BSR's mission?
Our mission is to work with business to create a just and sustainable world.

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24. Who are the members of BSR?
View the full list of BSR members.

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25. Does BSR certify companies?
No, BSR does not provide certification.

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26. May I have a copy of your mailing list?
No; to protect members' privacy, BSR does not share or rent its mailing list with third-party organizations.

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27. May I have a copy of your annual report?
BSR does not publish a traditional annual report. We do produce a report on our impact and organization regularly.

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28. Does BSR endorse any global standards?
BSR does not establish or promote particular standards in CSR or in any related issues. This enables BSR to be in an objective position to positively engage with companies.

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29. When and where is your next Conference?
This and other information about our upcoming Conference is available at www.bsr.org/conference.

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30. How can I get in touch with the local BSR chapter or network?
BSR does not have local-based chapters or networks. You can find our offices worldwide at our contact page.

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31. May I intern at BSR?
Historically, BSR has partnered with Net Impact to fill internship positions. BSR strongly encourages students to check out the resources available for CSR-minded students at Net Impact. (Disclosure: BSR was the fiscal sponsor of Net Impact from 2002 to 2005.)

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32. How do I contact BSR?
Please visit our contact page for more information.