Corporate Citizenship Blog

Northwestern Mutual Combats Childhood Cancer

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Nov 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 15 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can develop and execute a stakeholder engagement strategy, structure, and process to maximize business and social value, consider joining us in Dallas, TX on December 7-8, 2016 for our Stakeholder Engagement: Identify, Prioritize, and Act course.

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s 2015 Community Involvement Study finds that nearly 60 percent of companies engage employees at all levels and one-third of companies engage stakeholders other than employees and customers to help determine which social issues to support (see Figure A). Through its foundation, Northwestern Mutual exhibits the importance of strategic stakeholder engagement through its community involvement efforts, especially its signature Childhood Cancer Program.

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Topics: Community Involvement, Employee Engagement, Stakeholder Enagement, Corporate Community Involvement

2017 Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We're delighted to announce that the call for entries is now open for our 9th annual International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. Part of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, this year's Film Festival is presented by FedEx.

“Each year, through video storytelling, we highlight the tremendous work accomplished by corporate citizenship professionals from around the world,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “By showcasing these exceptional programs and initiatives—and the creative ways in which they’re shared—we strive to inspire others to do even more great work.”

Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 400 submissions. Among last year’s winning entries were films that featured STEM education, lifelong fitness and well-being, and access to quality healthcare for uninsured individuals. Here's an overview of last year's finalists:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Conference, Film Festival

Reflecting on the season of giving

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Nov 1, 2016 9:41:37 AM

HiRes.jpgThe holiday season is upon us, and with it comes an increased focus on corporate giving initiatives. From localized donations such as food and toy drives to broader efforts like the annual #GivingTuesday campaign, companies are ramping up their corporate giving programs.  As our calendar year comes to an end and many are moving into new budget cycles this spring, it is a good time to assess your giving strategy and make sure it is designed to maximize both social and business value. All giving is good AND you can increase the effectiveness of your company’s giving program by employing the resources and capabilities unique to you, addressing the causes most relevant to your business operating context, and mobilizing your employees. If you activate your program on all three of these fronts, you will make an impact that continues well beyond the holidays.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Workplace Giving, Employee Engagement, communications, corporate giving

A New Era of Sustainability Reporting: The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Oct 31, 2016 2:28:50 PM

Corporate citizenship is one of the most dynamic and exciting fields in business today – the urgency of global issues, the evolving expectations of stakeholders, and the improvements in our ability to track and communicate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activity are trends that have created a vibrant, challenging, and ever-changing business ecosystem.

In response to this complex environment, companies have called on organizations like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to create a uniform and structured way to report credibly on the ESG issues that matter to their company and its stakeholders. GRI has responded.

On October 19, GRI issued their updated Sustainability Reporting Standards after nearly a year spent collecting comments, suggestions, and feedback from a variety of stakeholders.

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Topics: Sustainability, Reporting, GRI/G4

Corporate Citizenship Career Path: Executive Forum

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 24, 2016 3:41:16 PM

The following is excerpted from Issue 17 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can develop the strategies and skills that will prepare you to lead your teams and colleagues to a new level, consider applying for our Leadership Academy, which will be help on campus at Boston College November 14-18.

For more than six years, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has benefited from the guidance and expertise of its Executive Forum. This unique network brings together senior-level professionals from a wide range of industries to provide corporate citizenship leadership, inspiration, and knowledge, and influence the public discourse of the role of business in society. Here, a sampling of Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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Executive Forum at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education

Accenture Offers Skills to Succeed

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Oct 20, 2016 1:57:18 PM

The following is excerpted from the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can deliver maximum business and social value through strategic partnerships, consider joining us in Dallas, TX on December 7-8, 2016 for our Effective Corporate Citizenship Partnership Management course.

For some companies, the best way to achieve significant progress on an issue is to develop an effective program and then bring it to scale in a way that stays true to its foundational purpose while remaining adaptable enough to account for local needs. Accenture—a leading global professional services company—has done just that. By taking a focused and customizable approach to establishing powerful partnerships, their Skills to Succeed initiative, which launched in 2009, has helped equip more than 1.2 million people to date with the workplace and entrepreneurial skills needed to compete in the global economy.

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Topics: Partnerships, Member Spotlight, Corporate Community Involvement

Corporate Citizen Magazine Issue 18: Data Make Meaning

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Oct 14, 2016 8:56:54 AM

The Fall 2016 [Data Make Meaning] issue of the Corporate Citizen Magazine is now available!

TabletwithIssue18.jpgIn this issue, you'll learn about companies that are collecting and using data to create innovative programs, address social and environmental issues, and measure and report on their progress.

Highlights include:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Reporting, Data Philanthropy, Value of corporate social responsibility

2017 Conference: Corporate Citizenship Ecosystems

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In the more than three decades since the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded, so much in our field has changed. Corporate citizenship has gone from a sideline effort of a few well-meaning companies to a strategic business imperative deemed vital by the majority of executives. Why has this shift occurred? Because business leaders have come to recognize that corporate citizenship delivers business AND social value—and that both of these are crucial to achieving sustainable growth.

In the last three decades, the role of a corporate citizenship professional has evolved.  While many still operate in small teams, you have become experts at drawing on the ideas and information, expertise, effort, and financial support of your internal and external partners to advance your businesses, your communities, and our world.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Conference, Responsible Corporate Leadership

The business case for youth mentoring

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Sep 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the United States, approximately 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are disconnected from school and work, and many are not getting the support they need to drive greater engagement. One in three young people— nearly 16 million— will reach the age of 19 without having ever had a mentor in their life of any kind. These rates are even higher for at-risk youth, who experience higher rates of poverty, limited networks, and under-resourced schools.[1] Research shows that even one positive, consistent, caring, relationship with an adult can offset nearly every risk factor in a young person’s life and improve their chances of success.

Today, companies of all sizes are recognizing the role they can play in filling this “mentorship gap” and have simultaneously discovered that they can use mentorship programs to realize both business and corporate responsibility goals. According to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s most recent Community Involvement Study, companies consistently rank youth programs as one of the most important social issues addressed through their community involvement efforts (See Figure A).

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Topics: Community Involvement, Management Practices, Value of corporate social responsibility

Corporate Citizenship Career Path: Executive Forum

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Sep 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 17 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can develop the strategies and skills that will prepare you to lead your teams and colleagues to a new level, consider applying for our Leadership Academy, which will be help on campus at Boston College November 14-18. Also, check back for further insights from our Executive Forum in future Career Path installments.

For more than six years, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has benefited from the guidance and expertise of its Executive Forum. This unique network brings together senior-level professionals from a wide range of industries to provide corporate citizenship leadership, inspiration, and knowledge, and influence the public discourse of the role of business in society. Here, a sampling of Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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Executive Forum at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education

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