Synopsys Inc., a leading innovator in the global electronics market, empowers employees to organize and participate in volunteer projects that match their individual interests and giving priorities. Through its Synopsys Shares program, the company maximizes its positive societal impact while supporting the diverse passions of its employees by granting them the flexibility to choose activities that closely align with their values and the needs of the local community. Megan McDow, community affairs manager, answered a few questions about the program.
Today is World Day Against Child Labor, an annual day of awareness that brings together governments, employers, and workers organizations, as well as millions of people from around the world, to highlight the plight of child laborers and identify what can be done to help them. Throughout the world, approximately 168 million children work, many of them full-time, leaving them without access to education or time to play. More than half are exposed to hazardous work environments, including slavery, forced labor, drug trafficking, and prostitution.
West Africa grows about two-thirds of the world’s supply of cocoa beans. More than two million cocoa farmers in West Africa and more than 10 million West Africans depend on cocoa for a significant portion of their livelihoods. Both climate change and shifts in demand have gravely impacted the industry in this region, creating the need for companies with operations in the region to invest in the long-term sustainability of local cocoa farmers. According to Andy McCormick, Senior Director of Cocoa Sustainability at The Hershey Company, projects designed to improve farmer production and raise incomes need to be at sufficient scale.
Today, April 22nd, marks the 44th annual Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of commitment to the protection of the environment. According to National Geographic more than 1 billion people around the world will celebrate earth day in more than 190 countries. This annual day of action allows people of all walks of life, from individuals to major corporations, to demonstrate their commitment to the protection of the Earth. Below are three ways companies are participating in Earth Day:
At the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, volunteerism emerged as one of the major themes of discussion. To keep the conversation going, it also became the topic of our April webinar, titled “Innovations in Volunteering.” This one hour webinar highlighted two companies that have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs at their companies and provided key takeaways.
When people register for the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, we ask them to share their greatest challenges in corporate citizenship. Once we gather that information we then plan the conference breakout sessions with these needs in mind. The panelists and practitioners leading these sessions will share their knowledge and experience to address your challenges. Here are just a few examples of what to expect:
Chip Heath, NY Times best-selling author and professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, will close out the 2014 conference. Heath is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan) of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, and Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.
With 66 companies submitting videos and more than 60,000 participants casting votes, this year's film festival resulted in a frenzy of activity over the last few weeks. Now the voting has closed and the results are in. The top ten videos are listed below. Each video is unique in its own right and touches on important issues within our communities. Congratulations to our top ten finalists!
Each year the Festival provides companies with an opportunity to demonstrate their successes in corporate citizenship. Sixty-Six entries showcasing how companies are having a positive impact in communities around the world were submitted into this year’s Festival.
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is excited to announce the submission period for the sixth annual Film Festival is now open! This Film Festival is an opportunity to share your company’s journeys and successes around corporate citizenship.