Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Modern Slavery: Driving solutions to detect and eliminate human rights abuse in supply chains

 Slavery_SupplyChainManagement.jpegToday, leading companies understand that they must look beyond their own operations when assessing and addressing their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts. To deliver maximum business and social returns, they should consider and incorporate their supply chains when developing corporate citizenship programs.

Those that do are presented with the opportunity to address inefficiencies and risks—many of which could have severe ramifications to a firm’s reputation, as research finds that consumers are likely to hold a firm responsible for unsustainable activity regardless of where it occurs within the supply chain. A 2014 study finds that, while the severity of the incident increases backlash, the relationship the supplier has to the firm (direct vs. indirect) and the importance of the supplied product in no way mediates consumer anger.[i] That means that the behaviors of even a supplier that makes a negligible part of a product could pose a serious threat to company reputation and profit.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

DO MORE in corporate citizenship


We recognize how extremely busy corporate citizenship professionals are—as a result, one of the chief aims of the new was to make it easier for folks to access Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship resources both when they’re at the office and when they're on-the-go.

In addition to offering an extensive, easy-to-search digital resource library, the new features a more attractive, seamless, and adaptable user experience. By providing a more intuitive and responsive interface, we are connecting you with essential tools that will help you to get your job done faster and more effectively.

For example, you can now easily browse through and register for any of our upcoming webinars, in addition to watching archived Center webinars on any of your devices at any time.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Communication, Digital Media

Continuous learning for sustainable progress

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Aug 1, 2017 2:41:57 PM

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein is lauded for his brilliant intellect, his kindness toward students, his humor, and—most importantly—his boundless imagination. What made Einstein unique was his ability to look beyond the limitations of others to see their capabilities, to laugh at absurdity rather than become depressed by it, and to imagine ways that current constraints could be overcome.

Though 99.99 percent of us will fall at least slightly short of Einstein’s intellect, we can adopt his behaviors and attitudes and make the most of the gifts we do possess. In our day-to-day work we, as corporate citizenship professionals, assess key challenges of our time, and imagine how our companies’ unique capabilities can be used to achieve progress. Increasingly, we will be asked to understand more—about social and environmental issues, our regulatory and political landscapes, the capabilities of our industries, the way we set goals and communicate progress. The list goes on...

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership

Supporting veterans and their families with corporate citizenship efforts

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Corporate citizenship initiatives focused on veteran hiring and engagement are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a win-win situation for companies and military families alike: Veterans provide companies with valuable transferable skills and consistently prove to be dependable and hardworking team players, while companies provide veterans with the stability and purpose to help their families thrive.

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Topics: Corporate Community Involvement

KNOW MORE in corporate citizenship

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Jul 19, 2017 12:12:40 PM

479520746-webad-small.jpgWelcome to our new website! We encourage you to explore our newly enhanced, mobile-friendly platform. To help guide your experience, we’re sharing some of its most exciting and useful features.

Our new website has a robust resource library that is completely searchable in a variety of ways, including by topic. For example, if you want to learn more about employee engagement, you can access focused information about the topic, including relevant articles from our magazine, The Corporate Citizen, as well as research findings from management practice and academic study, recent regulatory decisions that may impact your corporate citizenship efforts, and webinars.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Communication, Digital Media

Providing Clean Water Access in Africa

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jul 11, 2017 2:22:33 PM

The following is excerpted from Issue 19 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can determine your sustainability strategy, identify and mitigate your environmental impacts, and disclose risks and opportunities, visit the Environmental Sustainability topic page

Navigating the logistics and issues around providing access to clean water is overwhelmingly complex and challenging, but the basic facts are clear. There is a limited amount of this precious resource—and for many, what’s available is either unclean, or inaccessible.



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Topics: Environmental Sustainability

21st Century Corporate Citizenship: An Excerpt

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jul 5, 2017 9:30:55 AM

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For more than 30 years, we at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship have worked to provide the resources and tools to help organizations make the most of their corporate citizenship programs.

While we’ve worked hard over the past few decades to deliver valuable research and insights, I—along with many of the leading corporate citizenship professionals with whom the Center has had the privilege of working—have felt that there was a need for a practical guide to take CSR to the next level. Dave Stangis, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Campbell Soup Company, shared this belief, and offered to co-author a book with me to fill this gap. The result: 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business. Our intention is to help you align environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives with business goals to create long-term success.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Responsible Corporate Leadership

Managing corporate citizenship through organizational change

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All corporate citizenship work is change management; citizenship programs are designed with the express intent of creating meaningful, positive change in our companies and communities. Citizenship professionals are adept at building the case, marshalling (sometimes scarce) resources, and imagining that there could be better education, safer neighborhoods, and a healthier environment than there is now.

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership, Strategy, Change

Offering aid when disaster strikes

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jun 13, 2017 10:10:58 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 20 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can meet your corporate citizenship objectives by better managing your internal and external partnerships, consider joining us in Chicago on September 13-14 for our Corporate Citizenship Partnership Management course.


CVS Health, a Rhode Island-based pharmacy innovation company, is an industry leader committed to helping people on their path to better health and giving back to the communities in which it operates. The company’s high-profile decision in 2014 to stop selling tobacco products at its retail locations garnered nationwide attention, but it isn’t the only arena where CVS Health has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to corporate citizenship.

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Topics: Corporate Community Involvement

The business case for the Paris Agreement

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jun 5, 2017 12:15:31 PM

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Since President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, we have witnessed an unprecedented response from local, state, and corporate actors. In the subsequent 24 hours, dozens of companies—including Disney, General Motors, and Apple—and scores of state and local officials pledged continued commitment to the plan. Bloomberg founder and CEO Michael Bloomberg offered to contribute the $15 million dollars that the United States otherwise would have to the operating budget of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In California, Governor Jerry Brown committed to continue talks with China to connect the country to the state’s cap and trade program, which is already linked to Quebec.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Business Case

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