The organisation's stated aim is to "put social justice at the heart of British politics". While the think-tank states it is politically independent, it has been labelled one of the most influential on the British Conservative Party under the leadership of David Cameron.
Policy programmes and impact
One of the CSJ's most notable reports was Breakthrough Britain. It has also produced well-publicised reports into gang culture, modern slavery, addiction, family breakdown, and educational failure. In 2012, the CSJ announced it would carry out the study Breakthrough Britain II. The CSJ has also played important roles in the design and development of Universal Credit (a major welfare reform programme) and championing the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
More recently, notable policy programmes and impact include:
A report called on the government to increase the state pension age to 75. 
A Woman-Centred Approach called on government to scrap plans for up to 5 new women's prisons and to put funds towards community-based alternatives. The Ministry of Justice subsequently announced they would scrap the new prison plans and set out proposals to pilot five residential centres for women in the community.
Housing First recommended placing homeless people dealing with problems like alcohol and drug abuse in permanent accommodation and giving them access to care and training. The approach, known as Housing First, had been trialled in the US and adopted by Finland with positive results. Conservative Communities Secretary Sajid Javid had said he was keen to examine the scheme. While the CSJ called for a nationwide roll-out of Housing First, the Government announced and allocated £28m funding for a number of Housing First pilot sites in the West Midlands, Liverpool and Manchester.
Historically, the CSJ's work was project-based with projects and staff members changing regularly. Recently, under Andy Cook, the latest Chief Executive, the CSJ has created a number of dedicated policy units with specific unit heads to lead on their designated area.
The CSJ also has an alliance of "front line poverty fighting charities" and runs an annual Centre for Social Justice Awards ceremony celebrating some of the best voluntary and non-profit organisations in the UK. In addition the CSJ regularly holds events at the major political party conferences.
CSJ Awards 2018 in London, UK
In addition to holding their own Awards ceremony, the CSJ has also won a number of awards in the past:
The CSJ acknowledges some funders in individual reports, but this information is not collated on its website or in its annual accounts, and there is no indication of the proportion of funders acknowledged, resulting in the think-tank being graded E for transparency by the Who Funds You? project in June 2018. The CSJ has been upgraded to a D grade for transparency by Who Funds You? as of July 2018.