How to Integrate CSR into Your Special Promotions

by | June 7, 2018 | Blog

So far, we’ve discussed some ideas for including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in loyalty/sales incentive programs and group travel programs.

But this time we address special promotions is more in line with your objectives. In this case, we can use CSR to help you build your positive reputation, increase employee satisfaction, and, most importantly, help those less fortunate than ourselves.

In this third part of our CSR series, let’s take a look at some CSR options for special promotions.

1) Volunteer for a Spin

In many promotions, customers or sales people are rewarded for the purchase or sale of a certain product or product line. Often times, the reward for this action is a spin code that, when received, will give the recipient access to a digital spin wheel.

The customer/salesperson would then use their spin code to spin the wheel and receive a tiered prize. One great way to incorporate CSR into this process is to allow participants in the promotion the opportunity to do some volunteer work in exchange for a “spin”.

Whether it’s every increment of donations or hours of time dedicated to a specific cause, you can track this volunteer activity and dish out spin codes accordingly. It’s up to you whether to put a cap on this or not, and to determine where the increment lies.

2) Incremental Donations

Another great way to implement CSR into a special promotion is by piggy-backing off the above earning structure and using increments to help you donate.

You can see this everywhere. Often times it’s in the form of the phrase, “for every $100 spent, we’ll donate $10 to so-and-so organization.” With every incremental sale or distribution of your version of a “spin”, you can use a portion of the revenue/profit generated to donate to a charitable cause.

The amount to be donated and the increment is up to you to decide, but otherwise, it’s that easy!

3) Events

As I suggested in our previous blog, events can be a great way not only to garner participation in your program, but also to provide participants with an outlet for giving back to the community or supporting a charitable cause.

Whether its to meet and help underprivileged kids or partner with an organization to bring a fun afternoon to individuals with disabilities, encouraging your participants to come and help out can have a positive impact on those you’re helping as well as the community you create within your program.

For special promotions, the concept is the same, but these events can be reoccurring or part of a bigger promotional brand that you’re running over a period of time.  

4) Fully Integrate CSR

Most importantly, make sure that the CSR you do implement is fully integrated into your branding and thus your program and promotions.

As the work force swells with Millennial-aged workers, it is clear from reports that not only do these employees, customers, and salespeople enjoy companies that incorporate CSR into their brands, but that actually participating in the activities is something that drives them as well.

Every promotion you run is a reflection of your brand, your story, so it is so important to make sure you’re telling it right and giving people the option to do what they really care about.

If CSR is a goal of your company as a whole, make it a part of your promotions as well.


Whatever your incentive initiatives—be they Group Travel, loyalty/sales incentives, or special promotions—your options for CSR are ample.

Ideas will keep coming up, just as long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing. With today’s job market, you’ll always find people willing to help.

So, get out there and do some good with your incentive programs!



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