Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Join us for the Accelerated Certificate Summit

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 16, 2018 1:37:21 PM
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The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship offers four certificate programs to help corporate citizenship professionals at all stages of their careers—earning a certificate gives practitioners access to a host of valuable tools while also adding notable credentials to their resume. Corporate citizenship professionals can earn these certificates, or take individual courses, in a variety of formats—from in-person events throughout the country to on-demand, online options. 

Now, we are excited to offer even greater flexibility to those seeking to earn their Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice through our Accelerated Certificate Summit, a week-long hybrid learning experience that dives deep into CSR best practices and connects core skills with elective courses most relevant to corporate citizenship practitioners’ work. The Summit is being offered from January 14 to January 18 in San Diego, CA—attendees can come from the whole week, one day, or anything in between—registering early means locking in the best rate.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, Professional Development, Benefits, Best Practices

Resilience and other lessons social impact leaders can learn from Olympians

Posted by Nikki Korn on Mar 16, 2018 4:19:29 PM

As we watched the Olympics and Paralympics, we saw athletes from all parts of the world pursue their goals without letting anything or anyone get in the way.  Their commitment and mindset teach us essential lessons for how we, as corporate citizenship professionals, must approach our work every day.

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Topics: Value of Corporate Citizenship, Benefits, Impact, Teams

Building CSR on optimism in 2018

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jan 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

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“Optimism is a force multiplier” ~ Colin Powell

As corporate citizenship professionals, our task is to create the world in which we want to do business and the world in which we want to live. This has never been an easy objective, but recently the challenges facing us have become even more apparent.

The past year has been a time of great change—and for many of us—those changes have at times been difficult to accept. However, while the past 12 months have been tumultuous, they have given me plenty of reasons to maintain, and even increase, my optimism.

2017 may have been full of events, both man-made and natural, that have caused all of us to pause and take stock of what it is that we value—withdrawal from the Paris Accord, exposure of pervasive sexual harassment, natural disasters of immense scale. It was gratifying to see that each of these and many other challenges elicited responses from corporate America as CEOs took action to affirm their companies’ core values.

Throughout the year, corporate leaders have acted decisively to commit to social and environmental progress like never before, advocating for immigration, LGBT rights, and environmental innovation. For example, following the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement—firms rallied to show that We are Still In, and solidified their pledges with strategic efforts—to such a great extent that the UN environmental chief announced recently that the United States will likely live up to the accord due to corporate efforts. Companies rallied around the victims of natural disasters around the globe, and are starting to send a decisive message that the workplace climate for women MUST change. It is these actions that give me cause to be optimistic.

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership, Benefits, Change, Impact, Equity, Shared Value

Preparing leaders to serve on nonprofit boards

For an in-depth training on how to prepare senior leaders to engage in skills-based volunteering in the local community, take the course: Nonprofit Board Service: Getting Your Team Ready to Serve on Feb 7-8, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

Serving on a nonprofit board is more than a high-impact way for executives to perform community service— it also provides benefits to the executive’s company. 

Nonprofit boards provide an excellent, low-cost training opportunity for senior leaders. Executives that serve on nonprofit boards are able to expandcommunityinvolvement.nonprofit.board.service..png their skillset by applying their expertise in a new context, all while engaging with and learning from people and communities from different professional and personal backgrounds.

At its core, nonprofit board service is a specialized type of skills-based volunteering, which is found to add value to the workplace. According to Deloitte, 91 percent of HR professionals agree that skills-based volunteering builds and hones business and leadership skills. Regina McNally, vice president of strategic workforce programs at State Street, summarized this effect: “Those [that engage in skills-based volunteering] learn in a whole new environment to let their brain work in a different way and bring those new skillsets back to the office.”

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership, Corporate Community Involvement, Benefits, Non-Profits, Board, Best Practices

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