March is the celebration of women’s history month. One of the more well-known aspects is the celebration of International Women’s Day. Occurring on March 8 each year, International Women’s Day is the celebration of the contributions that women past, present, and future have made and continue to make to the world. It celebrates the achievements of women politically, socially, and economically, while turning an eye to areas still needing improvement. With the 2015 deadline to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG) quickly approaching, this year’s theme of “Equality for women marks progress for all,” provides an opportunity to review both the challenges and the progress made towards achieving these goals thus far. Many of our member companies participated in this year’s festivities, and are committed to empowering women year round through their corporate citizenship programs. Here are a few examples:
Internal communications within a company can strengthen the effectiveness of an organization’s corporate citizenship efforts. It can be a challenge for corporate citizenship departments to balance the needs and the expectations for overall communication strategies, especially when there seems to be a tug of war between external and internal communications. During our recent webinar, entitled, “Getting the Message Straight: Internal Communication Fixes,” the conversation highlighted three corporate citizenship professionals who have worked through communication challenges to find the right balance of both work and reward. The Center was joined by Paige Bennett, leader of Internal/External Communications for Corporate Responsibility Communications at Dell, Danielle Dupre, of the Adidas Group’s global Internal Communications team, and Linda Qian, CSR Communication Manager for Intel, who shared their experiences on how they approach these complex relationships in order to maximize value.
Hunger Action month is a nationwide effort led by the Feeding America Network, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. According to the Feeding America website, one in six Americans struggle with hunger, making it a national issue beyond the stereotype of the poor or homeless. Thirty-six percent of individuals served by Feeding America have at least one working adult in their home, and only 10 percent of the client households served are homeless. As individuals and members of organizations we can do our part to make a difference. Here are just a few examples of how our member companies have partnered with Feeding America to provide their support to this cause.
Sustainability reporting is here to stay. A full 95% of the Global 250 issue sustainability reports.
These are among the findings of the Value of Sustainability Reporting study from the Center for Corporate Citizenship and Ernst & Young LLP. Sustainability reporting provides results that:
- Increase the reputation of the company
- Increase employee loyalty and public company reputation
- Aid in refining corporate vision and strategy
- Provide transparency
- Stimulate dialogue with stakeholders
Based on these stated benefits, sustainability reporting has quickly become a best practice standard performed by many major companies worldwide. The Global Reporting Initiative, the world’s most widely accepted framework, announced the fourth generation (G4) guidelines of on May 24, 2013.