Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Ecosystems create value

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Apr 5, 2017 1:30:13 PM

On Monday, March 27, I had the pleasure of welcoming more than 550 CSR professionals to the Center’s 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, and had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the event’s theme: Corporate Citizenship Ecosystems. Below you can find a video and a transcript excerpting my remarks:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Partnerships, Responsible Corporate Leadership, Value of Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 3: Exploring our Ecosystems

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 28, 2017 3:13:48 PM

032817_BCCCC_0832.jpgThe primary focus of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was ecosystems, so fittingly the final day of the event was full of making meaningful connections and expanding awareness of the entire system in which CSR professionals do their important work. In learning from experts both on the mainstage and in the audience, participants broadened their knowledge of their operating context and looked ahead to next year’s Conference—with convening sponsor Travelers—which was introduced during the event’s closing session.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network, Professional Development

Corporate Citizenship Conference Evening Recap Day 2: Unique Strengths, Shared Goals

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 27, 2017 7:57:03 PM

032717_BCCCC_1654.jpgThe second morning of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was packed with inspiring stories, rich breakout sessions, and spirited networking, culminating in a lunch session hosted by New Balance Athletics, Inc. Subsequently, attendees took advantage of a second set of breakout sessions, featuring an Analog Devices case study that focused on choosing and engaging with nonprofit STEM partners. There was also a deep dive on how to create sustainability and social impact goals that are shared across an entire company. During this session, Smith and Stangis, co-authors of the book: “21st Century Corporate Citizenship,” discussed real-life examples and shared tools and frameworks that attendees could use to make corporate citizenship goals meaningful to everyone in the company. 

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network

Corporate Citizenship Conference Morning Recap Day 2: Strong Partnerships for Strong Communities

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 27, 2017 5:28:50 PM

The morning of the first full day of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference dove into the internal and external partnerships that make it possible to create a better world. Attendees explored these networks through general sessions, breakout panels, case studies, workshops, and numerous networking opportunities, including an on-site volunteer project.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network, Professional Development

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 1: Sharing Stories, Driving Change

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 26, 2017 8:36:59 PM

032617_BCCCC_0966.jpgTo achieve business and social value, CSR practitioners must draw on the diverse resources and support offered through their corporate citizenship ecosystems. Today, 550 of those professionals joined us in Boston to expand their ecosystems, all while learning to navigate them more effectively.

In Good Company

The 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference is a 2.5 day event created to facilitate thoughtful sharing and collaboration. Because the event is open to CSR practitioners only, attendees are afforded a unique opportunity to ask difficult questions, share challenges, and hold frank discussions.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network, Professional Development

2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference Begins Today in Boston

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 26, 2017 6:39:48 AM

Conf17_Banner_Blog_Vertical-1.jpgToday, the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference will kick off in Boston. Uniquely tailored to corporate citizenship professionals, this sold-out event will bring together industry experts and more than 550 CSR practitioners from around the world to network, learn, and grow.

This year, the Conference is sponsored by State Street, a company with more than 200 years of experience in advancing stable and prosperous communities, and is being held in Boston. This two-and-a-half-day event will be packed with information and guidance from top leaders in the field. Attendees will walk away prepared navigate their corporate citizenship ecosystems more effectively, enabling them to drive the continued success and prosperity of their firms and to maximize our collective efforts to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  

Here are just a few things we’re excited about exploring in Boston:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network, Professional Development

Announcing the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Finalists

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 6, 2017 10:50:25 AM

Congratulations to the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Finalists!

The public voting has closed and YOU have chosen the top nine finalists for 2017. Thank you to all the companies that entered. The Corporate Citizenship Film Festivalpresented by FedExis proud to honor excellence in corporate citizenship and recognize your important work.

The winner of each category, including a special award for Fan Favorite (based on votes) and Best in Show (based on overall excellence in storytelling, production, and the connection of corporate citizenship to business value) will be announced at the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, held in Boston March 26-28.

Interested in entering for 2018? Email filmfestival@bc.edu.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Film Festival, Communication, Global, Storytelling

From survive to thrive: Maintaining resilience to succeed in the long term

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Mar 1, 2017 11:53:17 AM

“…Time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” ~John F. Kennedy

British Standard, BKVSBlog-TargetLastinImpact-1.pngS65000 (2014) defines "organizational resilience" as "ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper."

Corporate citizenship has a unique role to play in ensuring your company continues to thrive even in difficult times. A well-designed corporate citizenship program is the foundation to being able to weather adverse events. There are four critical practices to help any company PASS through disruptions and continue to thrive:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Responsible Corporate Leadership, Corporate Social Performance (CSP), Risk, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Tracking progress toward environmental sustainability goals

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Feb 24, 2017 10:04:02 AM

Today’s companies face substantial pressure from stakeholders—both internal and external—to monitor and report on a variety of environmental metrics. The benefits to the company are clear, as research shows that successfully managing a company’s environmental footprint can strengthen a firm’s financial performance[i], help them maintain that performance over the long term[ii], improve the company’s image,[iii] and identify and mitigate potential risks to operations.[iv]

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Topics: Environment, Sustainability Reporting, Value of Corporate Citizenship

Stakeholder engagement as strategy development

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Feb 10, 2017 2:26:52 PM

The following is excerpted from The State of Corporate Citizenship 2017. To learn more about how you can prioritize the corporate citizenship issues that are most important to your stakeholders and business context, consider joining online from October 2-November 22, 2017 for our Materiality: Determining Priorities for Corporate Citizenship Strategy and Reporting course.

While the 2017 State of Corporate Citizenship shows a declining interest in formal stakeholder engagement among executive respondents, engaging with both internal and external audiences can be an important component of any corporate citizenship program. Through stakeholder engagement, companies can fully understand their social, environmental, and economic impacts, and prioritize the issues that are most important to both stakeholders and their business context.

Many companies, like CBRE—the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm—use the insights they gather from stakeholders to inform a materiality assessment, creating a roadmap for more strategic time and resource allocation, and more comprehensive reporting.

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Topics: Stakeholder, Materiality, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Strategy, Engagement, Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)