Corporate Citizenship Blog

Risky business: The cost of NOT managing environmental impacts

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Dec 18, 2014 10:50:55 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

CH2M HILL partnership joins communities and saves lives

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Dec 11, 2014 10:22:57 AM

CH_Foundation_logo_CMYKPartnerships can amplify the unique strengths and skillsets of collaborators to produce impressive results. Sometimes—as in the case of CH2M HILL’s partnership with its non-profit partner Bridges to Prosperity—those results can join communities, increase well-being, and save lives.

CH2M HILL is a worldwide leader in engineering, construction, and operations management. With 26,000 employees in 190 offices on six continents, the firm is well positioned to deliver on its mission to help clients “build a better and more sustainable world,” building on its Little Yellow Book, a roadmap for the company’s ethical behavior that was written by one of the company’s founders.

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#GivingTuesday = #winning & what your company can learn

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie on Dec 9, 2014 4:51:26 PM

#BlackFriday. #CyberMonday. #GivingTuesday.

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It’s been a week since this new tradition of generosity took place on December 2, 2014, and the data is in: the giving economy is thriving.

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday provides a global stage to promote, celebrate and encourage the act of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. 

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Employee Volunteering: Do you want to expand your employee participation?

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Dec 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Volunteerism-iStock_000022509516LargeIs your corporate citizenship department looking to kick-start your employee volunteer program? Start with, “What’s in it for me?”  Ask yourself: What’s in it for your employees and your business?

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What can business learn from Ferguson?

Posted by Katherine V. Smith on Dec 3, 2014 3:32:00 PM

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have drawn in stark contrast the differences of opinion, perception, and experience regarding race relations in the United States. Employers have a role to play in helping to create an environment of constructive dialog and mutual understanding and many are working hard to do so.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship

November Corporate Citizenship Highlights

Posted by Katherine V. Smith on Nov 26, 2014 9:37:00 AM

Corporate citizenship professionals know the business and social value that can be achieved by furthering their efforts through strategic and thoughtful partnerships. Many environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are widespread and pervasive, and can only be tackled through the active involvement of a Partnershipmultitude of people and organizations, each bringing their own unique skillsets. Earlier this month, a historic partnership was created to tackle of the most pressing issues of our time, as Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama committed to limit greenhouse gases. As part of the deal, China agreed to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by 2030 or earlier, and will attempt to increase its share of non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2030. The United States plans to cut emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Partnerships

CSR Professionals Give Back on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Nov 25, 2014 1:24:54 PM

Giving Tuesday The third annual #GivingTuesday is happening on December 2, 2014. Started in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday is working to institutionalize a day of giving back. According to a Guidestar report, more than 50 percent of nonprofits receive the bulk of their contributions during the holiday season. More than 70 percent of these annual charitable gifts in the United States come from individuals.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Philanthropy, Community Involvement, Corporate Volunteerism

6 Steps to Being a Better Corporate Citizenship Partner

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Nov 20, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Leaveraging-Corporate-Citizenship-PartnershipsCreating public-private partnerships in corporate citizenship is rarely easy. Scorecards, conference calls, memoranda of understanding, and that’s before you’ve even begun the actual project. So why are CSR professionals seeking more partners, further collaboration, and more strategic alignment?

One of the biggest reasons is because stakeholders, especially consumers, are noticing who your partners are and examining the details of your work together. A 2010 Nonprofit Marketing Trend Tracker survey found that 60 percent of respondents indicated that they actively seek partnership details before supporting a cause and 75 percent of American consumers reported that they wanted to hear about the results of a corporate citizenship partnership, including the effect on the social issue or money raised for the cause.Tweet: A 2010 survey found that 60% of respondents indicated that they actively seek #partnership details before supporting a cause

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Professional Development, Partnerships, Community Involvement

Trends in Corporate Giving: Building Nonprofit Capacity

Posted by Stewart Rassier on Nov 19, 2014 12:58:55 PM

Trends-in-Corporate-GivingThe nonprofit sector is a powerful force in the U.S. economy. According to the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University, more than 70 million people work and volunteer in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits employ more people than every other sector except retail and manufacturing, and their revenue accounts for nearly 10 percent of the U.S. GDP.[1] As a result, recipients and funders alike have a serious stake in a nonprofit’s ability to reach the best possible decisions, work effectively, and sustain itself over time. Nonprofits are vitally important to the health and wellbeing of the United States as we know it.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Workplace Giving, Corporate Philanthropy, Corporate Volunteerism

Presenting Corporate Citizenship…

Posted by Nancy R. Dunbar, PhD on Nov 7, 2014 1:26:00 PM

Corporate-Citizenship-CommunicationsWhy do we invite speakers to address audiences for important occasions? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to communicate ideas in print?

If you were going to learn about an important initiative of your firm, would you prefer to receive a memo or to hear the news from a person? Why?

When you prepare a presentation outlining a corporate citizenship effort, how much time do you spend thinking about your delivery? Your voice? Your nonverbal communication? Your language? Your organization? Or do you think mostly about your message – the ideas, the “content”?

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Communication Strategy

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