About Us

Our Story

CSR Talent Group was formed to help all companies access the CSR, ESG and Sustainability expertise they need – IN ONE PLACE – to address the rising demands from all their stakeholders.

After working in the field for decades, Tom Knowlton and his colleagues realized that while the CSR world was dominated by a small number of well-known companies doing the heavy lift, the vast majority of companies were not able to access the support they needed to either start, grow or see their CSR, ESG or Sustainability initiatives to fruition.

Easy to find, agile, specialized and affordable experts – for all size companies – were the missing pieces to the puzzle.

Tom’s knowledge of CSR and expertise as a consultant is clear – the creation of CSR Talent Group is a natural extension of his lifelong commitment of helping all companies maximize their impact as a force for good.

- Pat McCrummen, Global Community Impact Leader, DuPont

Why Us?

As a firm founded by leaders in CSR, we recognize the need for specialized talent at a reasonable price to meet a wide range of CSR, ESG and Sustainability needs. That’s why we have created the first centralized portal of vetted experts with deep subject and issue experience available, “on-tap”, to all companies when they need it – to reach their corporate citizenship goals – faster.

On Demand Marketplace

We offer a one-stop, on-demand marketplace of specialty CSR, ESG and Sustainability experts to companies seeking assistance in tackling critical priority issues and a flexible way to build capacity.

Results Define Our Success

Together we address your critical priorities, define the results you need and align your plan to meet stakeholder expectations.

It's a Partnership

Whether you’re new to CSR, ESG and Sustainability, or run a highly sophisticated corporate initiative, partnership to us means getting up to speed on your unique set of circumstances, building a road map to move forward and monitoring for success.


CSR Talent Group Founder Tom Knowlton has spent his career in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, most recently as a Partner and Head of the Corporate Practice at TCC Group, a social impact consulting firm headquartered in New York City. Previous to TCC, Tom was executive director of the CSR rating organization The Council on Economic Priorities.

Tom has worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop their CSR approach and programs, and has written and presented extensively on CSR best practices.

CSR Talent Group is led by Tom Knowlton, and is supported through partnerships with leading CSR organizations, experts and advisors.

Tom has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.

CSR Talent Group Advisory Council

Keith McAllister Partner and Head Media Advisor at global executive search and talent consulting firm, SRI. Tech start-up founder, investor and advisor. Board of Directors Inside Climate News, Americares (Emeritus).

Rick Davis Founder and President, private/public early childhood advocacy organization in Vermont, Let’s Grow Kids; Large scale real estate development executive. Award-winning community and early childhood philanthropist.

Alice Bredin Founder and President, B2B marketing and research agency for Fortune 500, Bredin, Inc. Former small business commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace. Syndicated Columnist, Tribune Company.

Stu Richards CEO and lead sales and marketing strategist, B2B marketing and research agency for Fortune 500, Bredin, Inc. Former marketing executive, IBM.

Brad Smith Co-founder of HR and leadership consulting firm, Inflection Point Leadership. Former Talent Management leader at Fiserv, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Tom is an expert on CSR issues and a strong project leader with excellent business skills – I look forward to working with CSR Talent Group

Mike Rizer - Executive Director, Corporate Affairs Ally Bank

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