A business student networks with socially and environmentally responsible employers at the 2008 Net Impact North America Career Expo in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo by: Net Impact

Governments and nonprofits aren’t the only ones funding international development – many companies do so, too, to boost their image among locals as well as international consumers. But getting a job in corporate social responsibility, especially for those from outside the for-profit market, can be tricky.

CSR membership organizations such as Net Impact and Just Means typically list only a handful of jobs in this field. CSR initiatives are usually implemented by traditional corporate divisions like operations, marketing, or finance. Tasks may include crafting social responsibility policy, monitoring overseas suppliers for labor abuses (known as ethical sourcing), and assessing environmental compliance. But the majority of jobs listed on these sites were a mix of positions at nonprofits and international organizations that require private sector experience.

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    Oliver Subasinghe

    Oliver joined Devex in late 2008 as an international development correspondent and researcher. He previously served as a microfinance fellow for Kiva in Kenya and Uganda. During his tenure, he worked with Kiva’s field partners to improve their operations and governance. Oliver holds a master's in business from the College of William & Mary.