Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

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

Corporate responsibility + diversity & inclusion: an integrated approach to build a better working world

Diversity.jpgI recently had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion as part of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference. Phyllis A. James, executive vice president and chief diversity and corporate responsibility officer at MGM Resorts International, moderated the conversation, which also included Jack Bergen, vice president of corporate projects at Arconic, and Caroline Chambers, vice president and diversity programs manager at Comerica Bank. Together, we explored how an integrated approach to corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusiveness can help achieve business goals.

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Topics: Diversity, Corporate Community Involvement, Business Case, Inclusion, Skills-based Volunteering

Investing in a Brighter Future for All

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on May 12, 2017 2:43:52 PM

The following is excerpted from Issue 19 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can align your corporate citizenship strategy with strategic business goals, consider joining us online for our Corporate Citizenship Strategy course.


BBVA Compass relies on its bedrock principle of transparent banking to serve its clients, and invests significant time and money in its communities. 

It is firmly committed to reaching low- to moderate-income (LMI) areas. Every initiative BBVA Compass undertakes, every program that it develops and supports—whether it’s community development, education, or the arts—is designed to underscore the bank’s brand promise of building better, brighter futures for everyone in its communities.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Strategy, Community

21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Conversation

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on May 3, 2017 10:01:36 AM

Last month, during the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Richard Pearl, vice president and global corporate responsibility officer of State Street Corporation, and Dave Stangis, vice president of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer for the Campbell Soup Company, to discuss the book I co-authored with Dave—21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business. Together, we touched on the writing process, the terrific contributions of our colleagues in the Executive Forum, and our expectations for our field’s future. Below you can find a video excerpting a portion of the discussion and a transcript of our complete remarks:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Communication, 21st Century Corporate Citizenship, Vision, Leadership, Executive

Integrated corporate citizenship and the B Corp evolution

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on May 1, 2017 3:18:02 PM

Connecting business and social value is the goal of corporate citizenship work, and our member companies are continually finding creative and meaningful ways to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities into their companies’ day-to-day operations. According to the Center’s State of Corporate Citizenship 2017, integrating corporate citizenship creates business value for companies (see Figure A), so it’s no wonder executives plan to increase funding to these efforts in the coming years (see Figure B).Figure9-A.jpg

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Topics: Sustainability Reporting, B Corp

Long-term measurement for long-term sustainability

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Apr 19, 2017 10:47:33 AM

The following is excerpted from The State of Corporate Citizenship 2017. To learn more about how you can use measurement tools to capture the value your corporate citizenship programs create for both the company and the community, consider joining in New Orleans on January 17-18, 2018 for our Advanced Corporate Citizenship Measurement: Logic Model and ROI course.

To achieve key business goals and make a lasting impact on social and environmental issues, companies are investing in corporate citizenship efforts. The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s State of Corporate Citizenship 2017 finds that when companies commit to an activity—such as the development of environmentally friendly products—for more than four years, executives are much more likely to report success in meeting their goals.

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Topics: Sustainability, Member Spotlight, Impact Measurement, Value, Signature Programs

Empower your employees to lead sustainability efforts

Posted by Mark Feldman, Principal, Cause Consulting on Apr 12, 2017 10:40:09 AM

032817_BCCCC_0173.jpgFrom water filters that serve the developing world, to banking products that encourage investments in energy efficiency, to action-focused mobile engagement platforms, companies across all industries are empowering their employees to apply their professional expertise to develop solutions to business and social challenges. Distinguished from employee team and skills-based volunteerism, employee-led product innovation is a powerful engagement tool that drives business, social, and environmental impact. 

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Topics: Sustainability, Engaging Employees, Innovation, Culture, Employee

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

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