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January Corporate Citizenship Highlights

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie on Jan 30, 2015 4:20:49 PM


In January, policy makers, government agencies, and companies took advantage of the New Year spirt by recommitting to goals, setting targets, and measuring results in the environmental arena. Earlier this month, the Obama administration built on 2014’s advances in climate change policy—an effort the President reaffirmed during his 2015 State of the Union address— with a plan to limit methane emissions and the announcement of a federal “model rule” for states that don’t file carbon-cutting plans. In Canada, Ontario got closer to revealing its plan for carbon-pricing, and plans to unveil its strategy later this year.

In response, many companies are taking time assess their environmental impact, develop reduction strategies, and report on their performance. Those that do will not only be armed with the necessary information to shrink their carbon footprint, they will also have a better understanding of potential risks to their business and opportunities for innovation. Furthermore, companies that disclose environmental performance metrics may boost their bottom line, as research indicates that analysts are increasingly using environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information to inform their decisions. The financial benefits of transparency hold true even during market crisis, as the liquidity of transparent firms is more predictable (and thus attractive to investors).

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Dell Sets Goals to Achieve a Legacy of Good

Posted by Katherine V. Smith on Jan 26, 2015 3:12:49 PM

DellMemberSpotLightThe following originally appeared in the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen, the Center’s magazine, and outlines Dell’s Legacy for Good Plan, a set of corporate citizenship goals for the year 2020. Come to the Center’s 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference to learn more about this ambitious program from Dell, the event’s convening sponsor.

In May 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed Boston College’s graduating class and urged them to meet the threat of climate change head-on. His challenge to the next generation of leaders echoed his recent call to action to diplomats across the world, urging them to elevate the environment in everything they do and work together to adopt a new, ambitious environmental agreement by 2020. Specifically, he underscored the need to adopt energy solutions while also pushing for sustainable development on several environmental and social fronts, including the economic empowerment of women. In his statements, Kerry remained adamant that achieving success in this effort requires leadership, innovation, and collaboration across multiple sectors, involving partnership between the public and private sectors.

It is a tall order for companies. It can be challenging for them to develop strategies that maximize both business and social value, and to make long-term commitments in a short-term world. Yet experience shows it can be done. One company taking on the challenge is Dell, a leader among the increasing number of technology companies that believe their sector can help inspire environmental change with efficient product and service solutions.

In 2013, Dell released its “Legacy of Good Plan,” a set of goals for the year 2020. The plan outlines Dell’s strategy for bringing sustainability and business objectives together to benefit customers and leave a legacy of social and environmental good. Since then, the Dell team, led by Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Trisa Thompson, has been putting the plan into action.

Stimulating environmental and social change is no easy task—it requires dedication, a sophisticated approach, and, above all, collaboration across industries and organizations.Tweet: Stimulating #environmental & #social change is no easy task—it requires dedication, and, above all, collaboration!

Dell considers the planet at every stage of the product lifecycle, ensuring that products are made of environmentally preferred materials, meet tough environmental production standards, and are easily recycled for proper disposal or eventual reuse. Dell’s major new commitments include the following:


Increasing Energy Efficiency

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

3 ways to cut carbon: creative lessons in corporate citizenship

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jan 21, 2015 3:12:08 PM

windmillIs cutting carbon part of your future business focus? It’s certainly on the minds of many these days:
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability

Fostering a more promising and productive future through mentorship programs

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Jan 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Mentoring-079109-editedIn 1897, Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist credited with leading the enormous expansion of the American steel industry, appointed the 35-year-old Charles M. Schwab as his successor as president of Carnegie Steel. Schwab had started as a low level engineer at the company and first impressed Carnegie with his talents as a pianist at a party. This jump-started a close mentoring relationship between the two, and in a relatively brief period of time, Schwab was groomed to follow Carnegie as head of the company. Schwab’s business success even after he left Carnegie Steel is largely credited to Carnegie’s interest in his high-potential protégé.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Community Involvement, Corporate Volunteerism

Stay inspired in 2015 by staying centered

Posted by Katherine V. Smith on Jan 13, 2015 11:48:00 AM

Conf-TelescopeMan-20150112(1)"I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.” ― Mark Twain

The New Year inevitably brings rumination about where we’ve been, contemplation about where we are going, and predictions of future trends. This annual ritual can be overwhelming as our piles of prognostications and advice grows larger and the speed at which it accumulates accelerates.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship

Tell your corporate citizenship story during the 2015 Film Festival

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie on Jan 10, 2015 9:30:00 AM

FilmFestivalLogo-FINAL Each year, the Center hosts the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, which attracts both domestic and international interest. This annual event, now in its 7th year, provides companies an opportunity to showcase how they use video as an effective vehicle, illustrating to internal and external audiences CSR initiatives that build awareness of social, environmental, and governance issues.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Employee Engagement

Four Action Steps to Prepare for the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Jan 9, 2015 3:53:00 PM

CDP-BlogImager-20150109-332637-editedIt's the New Year; have you set your environmental footprint goals for 2015 and beyond? Setting emissions targets can be a daunting task, but it is also a very tangible way to demonstrate a strong commitment to corporate citizenship.Tweet: Setting #emissions targets can be a daunting task, but it's also a tangible way to demonstrate a strong commitment to #CSR

More than 4,500 companies begin the process of measuring, managing, and mitigating their contributions to climate change by completing the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire, which is a key standard for environmental emissions reporting.

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Topics: Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability, Reporting, Management Practices

December Corporate Citizenship Highlights

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie on Dec 30, 2014 9:00:00 AM

DecHighlights-iStock_000026225206Large-981454-editedThe holiday season is a great time for corporate citizenship, as companies and consumers come together to give back to the communities in which they live, work, and do business. During December, CSR practitioners have been called upon to organize countless corporate giving and volunteer initiatives, with impressive results. Just a few weeks ago, companies rallied to gain support for #GivingTuesday, and saw a whopping 36 percent increase in donations. Some companies, like Center member Microsoft, stepped up their game by matching donations benefiting Microsoft Youthspark, a company-wide, global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youths by 2015.

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How does good corporate citizenship help companies do well?

Posted by Katherine V. Smith on Dec 30, 2014 8:46:00 AM

Corporate citizenship professionals know that their work yields both business and social value and recent research conducted at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship shows that executives see investments in environmental and social programs as valuable, too.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Research, Management Practices

Risky business: The cost of NOT managing environmental impacts

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Dec 18, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Blog-Water-262080-editedThe natural resources we so often take for granted are in fact critically important to the very existence of our ecosystems and our economy.

Take, for example, a family-owned barge company which has ferried goods up and down the Mississippi River for the last 60 years. Water and weather weigh heavily on whether the company opens its doors every day, so the increased frequency of major water events like flooding or droughts must become part of their risk mitigation strategy.

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Topics: Environment, Professional Development, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability

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