Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Technological advances require ability to anticipate impacts and opportunities they present

Posted by MargaretaBarchan on Aug 7, 2012 9:08:52 AM

Sweden played host to more than 300 leaders, innovators, executives, and researchers from 54 countries this June at the Tällberg Forum to consider the tremendous impact of technology on humankind.

With a conference theme of “Beyond our imagination” the general thesis put forth by presenters is that technology has outpaced our ability to use or understand it. Consider, for instance, the reality that it took us more than 20 years to make use of the Internet and online technology as we do now to interact and connect globally.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Environment, STEM

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

How to embed sustainability into the business enterprise

Posted by Susan Heany on May 15, 2012 11:19:35 AM

For consumer products companies like Avon, there is often a quick assumption that sustainability will focus on the products themselves – products that are green, organic, natural or similar designations. But at Avon, and many peer companies, the sustainability imperative is embedded organically (no pun!) into the business enterprise, with a commitment to identify and leverage sustainable opportunities in the processes required to develop, create and deliver products to the consumer.

Historically these processes have been invisible to the stakeholder, but with the increased demand for transparency and disclosure, companies have a greater opportunity to showcase meaningful commitments – a silver lining in the sometimes cloudy sky of reporting, rankings and ratings. And, along the way, the thousands of employees who bring the sustainability commitment to life, from environmental engineers to marketers, are elevated to playing a role in a larger mission, not just “doing their jobs.”

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Environment, Sustainability, Executive Interviews

Corporate citizenship requires demonstrations of courage and conscience

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Apr 27, 2012 12:07:13 PM

Our 2012 conference was a terrific opportunity to hear many points of view on the practice of corporate citizenship. Terrific committed leaders of corporate citizenship practice from around the world representing some of the most well-respected companies of our time shared their insights. A couple of thoughts presented by our main stage speakers have stuck with me.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Membership, Conference

2012 Conference: David Jones explores how communication evolution creates new world for business

Posted by Tim Wilson on Apr 18, 2012 10:52:03 AM

David Jones, Global CEO of Havas and author of the best-selling new book, “Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business is Better Business” delivered an illuminating presentation at the 2012 International Corporate Citizenship Conference on evolutions in communication and their ramifications for business behavior.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Conference

2012 Conference: Innovating an engine for social responsibility – The Verizon, Coinstar, and Abbott examples

Posted by Jessica Macias Bochatay on Apr 18, 2012 10:41:58 AM

How can we be more responsive to the economic, social, and environmental interests of consumers and society? How can we reconcile a profit-oriented model while achieving social impact? How do we cope with the major challenges that arise when we try to integrate social aspects into the corporate world?

These were some of the key questions posed by moderator Nikki Korn, principal of the Cause Consulting Group, during a breakout session on Innovation in Corporate Citizenship.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Conference

2012 Conference: Dell turns to innovation to revolutionize corporate citizenship

Posted by Tim Wilson on Apr 18, 2012 9:38:20 AM

In a keynote address to the 2012 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, Trisa Thompson, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Dell, spoke on “Powering the Possible Through Innovation: Revolutionizing the Approach to Corporate Responsibility.” Thompson came to her current job from a legal background but said the position she has held for 18 months marries her avocation and vocation.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Conference

Abundance of knowledge available to share

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Apr 13, 2012 11:07:02 AM

Our 2012 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was a rich source of important insights, and learning. Thanks to all of our conference sponsors, speakers, and attendees who brought such tremendous energy, curiosity, and collegiality!

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Conference

Conference promises shared knowledge

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Mar 19, 2012 12:21:46 PM

We are just days away from the start of our 2012 International Corporate Citizenship Conference and joining more than 500 professionals in Phoenix.

With the support of our hosts from Arizona Public Service and our many conference sponsors, we will explore ideas and share experiences that can inform good corporate citizenship. I anticipate that our time in the Valley of the Sun will provide opportunities to both learn and re-energize.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Conference

Sustainable productivity requires a long view

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Feb 8, 2012 8:38:51 AM

I grew up near Amish country in Northeastern Ohio, where you are as likely to get stuck behind a buggy or tractor on the road as you are a school bus. In my childhood we visited and bought from these farms and learned from our neighbors about the necessity of seed crops – the best part of the harvest that is put aside for future plantings. To ensure future yields, our neighbors deferred some of what they could have taken for profit in any given year and devoted effort and resources to future productivity. They rotated crop fields, and sometimes devoted entire growing seasons to planting soil-enhancing cover crops.

Amish country is a long way from Davos, but it seems like the World Economic Forum discussions focused on sustainable economies might benefit from an infusion of farm wisdom. For those who missed it, the theme

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Topics: Business Perspectives