Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

The Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: An Excerpt

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Sep 5, 2017 11:49:16 AM
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For more than a year, Dave Stangis—Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Campbell Soup Company—and I have working together to help corporate citizenship professionals align environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives with business goals to create long-term success. Our first book, released earlier this year, served as a step-by-step handbook for developing and implementing effective corporate citizenship programs.

Now, we’re pleased to share a second book—a guide for the business executive who is working to build a more ethical, resilient, sustainable, and profitable company. Titled The Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Corporate Citizenship, the book provides the information needed to understand how corporate citizenship builds reputation, delivers value to the bottom line, and mobilizes an organization’s employees and customers.

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership, Best Practices, Purpose

Securing a sustainable supply chain: lessons from CSR research

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Oct 13, 2015 12:04:00 PM

A company’s corporate citizenship impact extends beyond its headquarters. To address environmental, social, and governance issues effectively, CSR professionals today must look beyond their own operations and deep into their supply chain. How and where are materials sourced? How are the components of products developed? What are the environmental and human rights ramifications of those processes? Issues as serious as child labor, conflict minerals, and climate change can only be effectively tackled when a company’s commitments to corporate citizenship and reporting are adopted by their suppliers and partners.

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Topics: Materiality, Supply Chain Management, Triple Bottom Line, Best Practices, Business to Business (B to B), Business to Consumer (B to C)

Your most important corporate citizenship client

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jun 3, 2015 1:41:47 PM

Warren Buffet tells a story about Charlie Munger that illustrates a great life lesson,

“Charlie, as a very young lawyer, was probably getting $20 an hour. He thought to himself, ‘Who’s my most valuable client?’ And he decided it was himself. So he decided to sell himself an hour each day. He did it early in the morning, working on these construction projects and real estate deals. Everybody should do this, be the client, and then work for other people, too, and sell yourself an hour a day.”


At the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we are privileged to spend our days working with corporations to help them achieve their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives—objectives that—if successfully achieved—will make the world a better place. This purpose informs our mission, strategies, and goals. We try to make your hours efficient by doing some of the work for you.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Strategy, Professional Development, Best Practices

30 years of corporate citizenship insight, growth, and progress

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on May 6, 2015 3:26:14 PM

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. The world is a very different place than it was 30 years ago. When the Center was established in 1985 with just 35 people from 35 companies connecting to our mission to help companies know more, do more, and achieve more with their environmental, social, and governance investments, debate about the human contributions to climate change had just begun in earnest and institutionalized corporate philanthropy and employee volunteer programs were new practices.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Framework, Best Practices

Integrating sustainability across business units through Eastman Chemical’s Green Leader® Training Program

Posted by TSimpson on Dec 18, 2013 4:30:32 AM

EToday, most business leaders recognize the importance and value of adopting a formal sustainability platform. According to the Value of sustainability reporting, in addition to the cost savings, effective sustainability practices improve operational efficiencies and natural resource stewardship. However, one of the main challenges is ensuring employees and team leaders incorporate sustainability in their day-to-day decisions in the workplace.

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Topics: Engaging Employees, Sustainability Reporting, Leadership, Integration, Best Practices, Signature Programs

Supporting education: Meeting the needs of community and company

Posted by Paige Kelly on Aug 23, 2013 5:48:29 AM

In our most recent webinar, Supporting education: Meeting the needs of community and companyEDUWebinar, we learned from three professionals who have developed unique education programs that strategically align with their core business as well as their communities’ needs. Hilary Ayala, Director of Consolidated Edison’s Grassroots Management and Strategic Partnerships Programs, Janet Nicholas, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Dassault Systemes, and Dave Enzerra, Senior Director of Community & Public Affairs at Lubrizol Corporation, demonstrated how they successfully implemented and now maintain their education initiatives while facing budget constraints and global challenges. In this webinar we got an in-depth look into three programs that differ in scope, targeted participants, goals, and outcomes.

Hilary Ayala from Con Edison utilizes a grassroots approach, listening and optimizing employee passion for a program that addresses a key issue for both the betterment of local students, and for the company’s future in recruiting students that have excelled in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Con Edison became involved in the FIRST Robotics competition in 1999 because it provides an opportunity for employees to connect with students on a one-on-one basis and to use skills that they use throughout their work at Con Edison, creating a win-win situation for both students and employees.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Best Practices, Education, Signature Programs

The Many Benefits of Establishing a Culture of Giving

Posted by Alessandra Cavalluzzi on Jul 18, 2013 6:00:05 AM

BIOPhoto_AlessandraCavalluzzi_200pxThere is a lot of discussion about the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its impact on local communities, a company’s image and even its bottom line. There is an area, however, though equally significant a component as the others, that is often overlooked in this conversation. That is the way in which CSR strengthens a company’s culture and offers associates (employees) at all levels an opportunity to become more engaged.

I am the senior manager of community relations at MSC Industrial Supply Co., one of the nation’s largest direct marketers and premier distributors of Metalworking & Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies. I work out of our company’s headquarters in Melville, NY, and have seen firsthand the way in which our community engagement programming has benefited our corporate culture. But let’s take a step back. While giving back has always been one of our core values, and an important element of MSC’s culture, in 2005 we decided to formalize this tradition through the creation of the Community Relations Department, which coordinates all of the company’s CSR programming.

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Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Engaging Employees, Giving, Corporate Community Involvement, Culture, Best Practices

Newell Rubbermaid strives for excellence in environmental sustainability

Posted by TSimpson on Apr 2, 2013 11:28:14 AM

In 2011, Newell Rubbermaid developed an environmental sustainability program designed to measure progress toward its goals to reduce water and energy usage, lower emissions and increase recycling across the company. The Environmental Sustainability Excellence (ESX) program, as it is now called, allows Newell Rubbermaid’s facilities to systematically assess the environmental impacts associated with production and upstream supply chain activities. Balaji Jayaseelan, Newell Rubbermaid’s Program Manager of Environmental Sustainability, recently shared some insights into the development of the ESX program and its impact on the company’s sustainability efforts.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Professional Development, Framework, Best Practices, Signature Programs

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