The first thing we needed to do was understand what constitutes a profession.
That led to some very interesting discussion, starting with: Is Corporate Citizenship a profession?
Since we are being candid, there was a conversation before that which asked – what is the name of the profession? Is it Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Giving, Corporate Philanthropy, Community Affairs, Social Investing, or any one of a dozen other names that describe what you do? To answer that question, we looked at our membership to see which term was used the most. Corporate Citizenship was the winner.
Now, back to our question, is Corporate Citizenship a profession. To answer that, we looked to define profession. The Business Dictionary defines a profession as: Occupation, practice, or vocation requiring mastery of a complex set of knowledge and skills through formal education and/or practical experience. Every organized profession (accounting, law, medicine, etc.) is governed by its respective professional body.
On the face of it, Corporate Citizenship does require knowledge and skills and there is formal education available. Certainly, many practitioners gain a good deal of their knowledge and skills through practical experience. Currently, there is no formal body that governs the profession.