Chart of the week – Data shows a broad audience for online CSR information

Interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) cuts across all audiences to corporate websites

Seven per cent of media visitors to corporate websites in our benchmark say ‘CSR’ is their reason for visiting

Seven per cent of media visitors to corporate websites in our benchmark say ‘CSR’ is their reason for visiting


Across the Bowen Craggs survey benchmark (see description below), those identifying themselves as CSR professionals, which include representatives of NGOs or charities, make up just 1 per cent of survey respondents; and are the smallest visitor group in the survey.

However, the audience for CSR material is wider than just those who identify strictly as ‘CSR’ visitors. A small percentage of many other audience groups say they are visiting to find CSR information, adding up to a significant but diverse group of people. For example, the chart shows the percentage of media visitors in our benchmark identifying ‘CSR’ as their reason for visiting, at 7 per cent. The figure for employees is 4 per cent; for investors, 3 per cent; and for consumers, 1 per cent. It is useful to remember that these are averages. Many of the companies in our benchmark have higher percentages than these.

The figures show that interest in CSR cuts across many different audience groups, so it is important to have CSR material that appeals to (and is written for) all of these groups, as well as having easy routes to CSR-related material in sections where these audiences visit.

The Bowen Craggs corporate website survey benchmark contains responses from over 450,000 visitors. The latest statistics cover more than 20 companies, and looks at who visits corporate websites, why, and how satisfied they have been. For more information visit our website.