Introduction to CSR
THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
Sustainability and responsibility are two philosophies that combine to be the driving force behind EnSite’s core values and what lead us to care for people, planet, and profit. These principles are what define our Corporate Social Responsibility model.
Sustainability can mean different things to different people, but the very essence of the theory and action is balance. Sustainability describes the relationship between the now and the future. It is not an idea that should be compartmentalized or polarizing. Functional, sustainable practice relates to every aspect of our human networks – through government, resource management, education, economics, housing, and more.
Here at EnSite we lead sustainable lives in our office, in our homes, and in our work. For a landscape architecture, engineering, and planning rm like EnSite, the framework of sustainability is achieved with innovative yet balanced solutions which uphold the principles of our triple-bottom line (TBL); PEOPLE, PLANET, and PROFIT. A business connected to healthy social, environmental, and economic systems is a sustainable business model.
CSR is a tool for achieving sustainability through focusing on the triple bottom line. CSR means that the company is held accountable — to itself, its stakeholders, and its community. Practicing Corporate Social Responsibility brings consciousness to any size company of its social, environmental, and economic impacts. CSR is about going beyond the minimum legal requirements and obligations to address the needs of our specific network.
Basing company structure on CSR principles means that a company operates in ways that enhance the health and welfare of society and contribute to the care of the environment, through the normal course of successful business. The model is cyclical and it helps a business be sustainable in a broad context – both locally and regionally. This model is economically resilient and ties responsible practice directly to profit.
In typical EnSite style, we have seen this moment in our progress as an opportunity to investigate, research, and share our framework of measurement. Hence, the EnSite, Inc. EnRichment Report examines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) data from 2015 through 2017 to determine our impacts on the people we in uence, the planet we a ect, and the pro ts we generate. As a team, we have worked to identify the needs of each of these three pillars, so we may incorporate goals into our triple-bottom line. This report demonstrates & clari es how CSR culture is conducted and measured, and illustrates its connection to healthy people, sustainable places, and economic stability.