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Attend the 2013 International Corporate Citizenship Conference and learn how to become an opportunity-side corporate citizenship leader

Posted by Tim Wilson on Nov 6, 2012 9:15:20 AM

For some, corporate citizenship is a part of risk management. But that approach discounts the upside business value of managing the opportunity side of corporate citizenship. Leading companies that link corporate citizenship to core business strategy and allow innovation to guide this alignment begin to realize benefits such as new products and markets, a more engaged workforce, improved relationships in the community, and, ultimately, strengthening the financial performance of the firm.

Our conference theme of Creating Opportunity, reflects an upside approach to corporate citizenship. When we convene in Boston, April 21-23, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, conference speakers will provide insights,

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Public policy and private investment – Global corporate citizens as agents and ambassadors

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 30, 2012 11:30:08 AM

In September I attended the Concordia Summit as the guest of a young Boston College alumnus. The Summit convened political and industry leaders from across the United States and around the world to discuss and promote industry/government initiatives in developing economies. This august group included U.S. political leaders President Clinton and Senator John McCain, Woodrow Wilson Institute leader and former congresswoman Jane Harmon; current and former world leaders, including Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former president of Poland, Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of Haiti; leaders of organizations that routinely intermediate between public and private interests, including Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Ian Bremmer president of the Eurasia Group; and leaders from corporations including Donna Karan (represented by herself), Kate Spade New York, and Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Much of the discussion centered on how companies might think about their global citizenship and the need for private investment.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Announcing the 2013 International Corporate Citizenship Conference -- Register now and save $300

Posted by Tim Wilson on Oct 23, 2012 7:46:40 AM

Effective corporate citizenship creates opportunity for business, stakeholders, and the community. The 2013 International Corporate Citizenship Conference in Boston, April 21-23, 2013, will help you build the knowledge it takes to recognize opportunity and act on it.

Recent research by Boston College reveals that more than 80 percent of top executives acknowledge that environmental, social, and governance investments create financial value for their companies. Conference keynote speakers, workshops, and breakout sessions will provide data and case studies that support this executive perspective.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Participate in Center survey on professionals in corporate citizenship

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2012 7:30:00 AM

The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is conducting its biennial survey regarding professionals in corporate citizenship (sometimes referred to as CSR, sustainability or corporate responsibility). This study will provide insight into the responsibilities, background, level of job satisfaction, and financial rewards connected to corporate citizenship.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

The Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy: How to effectively influence change

Posted by Tim Wilson on Aug 21, 2012 6:25:13 AM

At the heart of advancing corporate citizenship is organizational change, and that change comes in many forms. Whether it's the creation of strategy, the development of management structures, systems and policies, engaging employees and senior management, aligning initiatives to support the business, or embedding corporate citizenship into the culture and fabric of the business – these are all change challenges faced by corporate citizenship professionals. But no matter which challenges they face, the ability to lead effectively is critical.

Strong leadership skills are important to managing any aspect of business, but corporate citizenship leadership poses unique challenges. Managers responsible for advancing corporate citizenship rarely have formal authority to direct

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Take advantage of opportunity for feedback on GRI’s G4 framework

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Aug 6, 2012 11:39:57 AM

We are in the public consultation period for the fourth iteration of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). We encourage our members to give their feedback on the framework. There are a number of enhancements to the framework that will be welcome to reporters (the abandonment of the application level rubric of assigned letter grades) and some where business stakeholders may want to provide guidance.

In the consultation process to date, one of the best surprises I had from the stakeholder feedback was the number of companies that use the GRI as a management framework even if they choose not to register their reports. Conversely, I was disappointed that so few corporate reporters have provided feedback on the G4. In the coming weeks the Center will be providing more information on the substance of the proposed changes – including proposals on reporting material impacts throughout the value chain, supply chain disclosures, and required disclosures regarding compensation of executives and workers in countries where your firm has significant operations.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Environment, Reporting, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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