The 1st global, on-demand service to enable businesses of any size to achieve their corporate citizenship  goals

(New York, NY – Jan. 26, 2021) In response to the rapidly growing business demand in the Covid-19 era for specialized talent in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environment, Society and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability, veteran CSR executive, Tom Knowlton, today announced the launch of the first global, on-demand CSR talent platform.

The mission of Knowlton’s new company headquartered in New York City, CSR Talent Group, is to service the mostly untapped 99.9 percent of companies – responsible for creating nearly two out of three new jobs (64%) – within our economy that, to date, are underrepresented in the social impact space. CSR Talent Group enables firms to easily access experts to tackle the most pressing issues of the day, including ensuring an inclusive workplace, developing policies to help reverse the warming of our planet, and how companies can take action to directly benefit the communities where they operate.

“The economic impact of COVID-19 has forced business executives to rethink the most efficient way to meet their workforce staffing needs and to help build a more just, sustainable, and equitable world. We offer companies an economically efficient model to hire individual consultants with specialized talent to meet their specific corporate social responsibility goals and needs,” says Knowlton, Founder of CSR Talent Group, who has worked with Fortune 500 companies, such as DuPont, Goldman Sachs, Novartis, and Symantec, for the last 25 years to develop their CSR approach and programs, most recently as a partner and head of the corporate practice at TCC Group in New York City.

“Tom’s knowledge of CSR and expertise as a consultant is clear,” said Pat McCrummen, Global Community Impact Leader, DuPont. “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.”

“Tom is an expert on CSR issues and a strong project leader with excellent business skills,” said Mike Rizer, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs Ally Bank. “I look forward to working with CSR Talent Group.”

The timing of the new firm’s launch coincides with the accelerated rise of independent talent and project-based opportunities that most companies can afford to take on. The model is also recession-proof because companies can take on part-time or contractual talent and expand or contract, as needed, and still meet their CSR, ESG and Sustainability goals.

“We recognize the need for specialized talent at a reasonable price point to meet a wide range of corporate citizenship needs,” concludes Knowlton, who holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. “That’s why we have created the first central hub of vetted experts with a deep subject and issue experience available, ‘on-tap,’ to all companies – when they need it – to reach their CSR, ESG and Sustainability goals faster.”

According to a September 2020 Porter Novelli Executive Purpose Study:

  • More than three out of four executives (76%) acknowledge the role of business in perpetuating systemic racial inequality and are committing to action now more than ever.
  • 8-in-10 executives feel that business has the scale, speed, and acumen to solve today’s most pressing problems
  • 7-in-10 executives feel that to truly be purpose-driven, a brand must be willing to take risks that address social justice.
  • 9-in-10 executives believe that business must benefit all stakeholders (not just shareholders alone).

Media contact: Sean Crowley, 202-495-8520-c,

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