Corporate Citizenship Blog

Corporate citizenship progress through lifelong learning

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Sep 2, 2015 11:42:58 AM


I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi

LightbulbsThe importance of lifelong learning has been championed by great iconoclasts from Gandhi to Picasso. Through their own curiosity and desire to make things different and better, these people changed the world and the way that subsequent generations think about everything from art to citizenship. In many ways, the work of our members at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is similar. Bringing the assets of business to the table to solve some of our most intractable environmental and social problems demands new ways of thinking about the world.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Professional Development

GRI’s Reporting 2025: A look ahead with Katherine V. Smith

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Aug 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Once the province of a few unusually green or community-oriented companies, sustainability reporting is now a best practice employed by companies worldwide. A full 95 percent of the Global 250 issue sustainability reports, and by doing so gain a competitive edge in every aspect of the triple bottom line.

According to the Value of Sustainability Reporting study—a joint survey conducted by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and EY—sustainability reporting offers a number of benefits. The majority of respondents believe that reporting improves reputation; while nearly 40 percent find it to increase employee loyalty.

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Now, the conversation is no longer about whether a company should report, but rather what they should consider when they do. Recently, Katherine Smith, the executive director at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, sat down to speak with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) about the challenge of addressing income inequality and the future use of our natural resources. This was all part of GRI's Reporting 2025, a new project established to discover major issues that will be on companies' agendas in the years to come.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability, Management Practices

Employee engagement around the world: A practitioner’s guide

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Aug 20, 2015 8:55:00 AM

EmployeeEngagementHave you ever considered taking local programs global? Do you want to further engage your employees both in your headquarters country and abroad? Today, many companies are wrestling with the challenges and opportunities that global employee engagement poses in order to remain competitive, protect intangible assets such as reputation, and manage the risks associated with complex global operations.

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Topics: Community Involvement, Employee Engagement, Management Practices

Integrating corporate citizenship across the value chain

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Aug 11, 2015 11:30:00 AM


The following member spotlight is excerpted from the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can focus resources and attention on the issues most important to your company’s stakeholders and business context, consider joining us in New York, NY on Oct. 8 for our Materiality: What matters to Corporate Citizenship Reporting course.

Today, consumers are likely to hold firms responsible for the impacts of their products, regardless of where within the value chain the impact occurs. That’s why many companies are taking steps now to ensure that their corporate citizenship objectives are shared by their suppliers and business partners.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Sustainability, Supply Chain

The global benefits of stakeholder engagement

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Aug 4, 2015 4:02:00 PM

Blog_Engagement_BCCCCPhilanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Effective corporate citizenship programs look not only at the social issues they seek to address, but also at the root causes of those issues, assessing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues both at the macro and micro levels simultaneously.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Environmental Sustainability, Employee Engagement

Investing in Sustainability: Much More & Not Enough

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Aug 3, 2015 3:04:00 PM

InvestingintheFuture-LinkInTrillions of dollars are invested in sustainability. But trillions are not. What gives?

This year's International Corporate Citizenship Conference demonstrated that good progress has been made for the sustainability investment case, but also that much has not changed in the past decade. Michael Dell, CEO of recently de-listed Dell, described that going private to attract business investors with a longer-term mindset was a strategic, sustainable investment decision.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability, Conference

The Road to Paris: Business leaders call for universal climate agreement

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM

wind-turbine-on-roadExperts agree: The risks from climate change are increasing in frequency and impact, creating challenges for senior leaders across all economic and political sectors. Leading companies are taking action to help address climate change, a threat that could reconfigure supply chains, production processes, and operations, by practicing risk assessment, informed decision making, and organizational innovation.
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Topics: Environment, Professional Development, Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

JetBlue moves people through employee engagement

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jul 28, 2015 1:11:06 PM

Jetblue_Moves_PeopleThe following member spotlight is excerpted from the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen, the Center’s magazine, and illustrates the importance of strategic communication in effective corporate citizenship programs. To learn more about communicating effectively, join us in New York on Oct. 6-8 for our Communications 101 course.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Community Involvement, Employee Engagement

Trends in GRI reporting: value, digital, and ethics

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 22, 2015 9:18:00 AM

GRI-ReportingFirst, the good news: Today’s corporate citizenship reports are more engaging, relevant, and are communicating the positive environmental, social, governance, and business value that companies are creating. A corporate citizenship report was once a nice to have; now approximately 93 percent of the Global 250 issue them.

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Topics: Professional Development, Sustainability, Management Practices

Leading through learning

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jul 2, 2015 12:39:00 PM

G7-20150702-Opt2Last month, the leaders of seven of the world’s largest economies came together for the G7 summit, and committed to ending reliance on fossil fuels by 2100. In concert with that goal, they pledged to reduce carbon emissions 40-70 percent below 2010 levels by 2050. While the practical details of how these reductions are to be achieved have yet to be outlined, the commitment is a strong signal of how climate change has risen to the forefront of the global environmental and geopolitical discussions. Now, according to Sir David King, the top climate change diplomat in the United Kingdom, we can expect a climate deal to be reached during November’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Environment, Environmental Stewardship

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