The role of professionals in society, like the role of companies, is shifting. As professionals, we are increasingly aware of the critical role we play in society and the responsibility to ensure our talents are accessible not only to those that can afford them. It is time that in addition to assessing the responsibility of companies, we take a hard look at professional social responsibility.
To that end the Taproot Foundation has generated the first ever professional social responsibility (PSR) ranking for “office” professions (e.g. not doctors or teachers).
TAPROOT PSR RANKINGS BY PROFESSION
The PSR by profession provides broad insight into the relative responsibility of professions regardless of their employer or employment status. Professionals on average donate five hours per year with lawyers leading the pack at over 25 hours.
- Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media
- Architecture and Engineering
- Business & Financial Operations
- Computer and Mathematical Science
- Sales and Related
This ranking is created based on US Census data on hours of pro bono services provided per member of each class of profession.
TAPROOT PSR RANKINGS BY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRMS
One of the best ways to measure the responsibility of professionals is by measuring the commitment to pro bono service by professional services firms. These professional services firms set the expectations for their profession.
Tier One (5%+)
Tier Two (2-5%)
Management Consulting Firms
Tier Three (1-2%)
Public Relations Firms
Tier Four (0.5 – 1%)
Human Resources / Talent Development Firms
Market Research Firms
Tier Five (Under 0.5%)
As there is no consistent and reliable data on pro bono service at firms, Taproot has generated these rankings based on our over a dozen years working in the field. The numbers associated are the estimated average percentage of billable hours done on a pro bono basis.