Here at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we're pleased to release our Profile of the Professionals 2018 study, a research project that examines the roles, responsibilities, development, and compensation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals. Its findings—based on survey results from 932 corporate citizenship professionals—provide insight into how CSR professionals at all levels assess the skills they need to be effective in their roles and what they perceive as the greatest challenges they must overcome.
The enhanced design of ccc.bc.edu grants CSR professionals the ability to achieve more by providing quick access to a wealth of information—including tools, resources, and educational opportunities—curated to help identify and address sustainable business challenges, drive transparency, inspire new ideas, and solve problems. One of the great benefits of our enhanced, mobile-friendly site is that it’s now much easier to browse through and take advantage of the in-person and online classes featured in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s extensive executive education catalog.
The new ccc.bc.edu allows users to seamlessly explore all of the Center’s learning tools to determine the kind of learning they want to engage in, whether it be general coursework, classes geared toward a specific certificate, or customizable onsite training developed with a unique company or project in mind.
We recognize how extremely busy corporate citizenship professionals are—as a result, one of the chief aims of the new ccc.bc.edu was to make it easier for folks to access Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship resources both when they’re at the office and when they're on-the-go.
In addition to offering an extensive, easy-to-search digital resource library, the new ccc.bc.edu features a more attractive, seamless, and adaptable user experience. By providing a more intuitive and responsive interface, we are connecting you with essential tools that will help you to get your job done faster and more effectively.
For example, you can now easily browse through and register for any of our upcoming webinars, in addition to watching archived Center webinars on any of your devices at any time.
Welcome to our new website ccc.bc.edu! We encourage you to explore our newly enhanced, mobile-friendly platform. To help guide your experience, we’re sharing some of its most exciting and useful features.
Our new website has a robust resource library that is completely searchable in a variety of ways, including by topic. For example, if you want to learn more about employee engagement, you can access focused information about the topic, including relevant articles from our magazine, The Corporate Citizen, as well as research findings from management practice and academic study, recent regulatory decisions that may impact your corporate citizenship efforts, and webinars.
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:
The 2018 Film Festival is now open. Submit your video >
Congratulations to the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Finalists!
The public voting has closed and YOU have chosen the top nine finalists for 2017. Thank you to all the companies that entered. The Corporate Citizenship Film Festival—presented by FedEx—is proud to honor excellence in corporate citizenship and recognize your important work.
The winner of each category, including a special award for Fan Favorite (based on votes) and Best in Show (based on overall excellence in storytelling, production, and the connection of corporate citizenship to business value) was announced at the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, held in Boston March 26-28.
Interested in entering for 2018? Email email@example.com.
Each year, the Corporate Citizenship Film Festival provides companies with an opportunity to demonstrate how they have utilized video as a tool to communicate their environmental, social, and governance efforts. In this year’s competition—sponsored by FedEx—companies are showcasing how they are making a positive impact in communities on their corner and around the world. Community involvement, economic development, and environmental stewardship are just some of the topics which were touched on by the 2017 participants.
“To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.”—Winston Churchill
Investment in a stable and prosperous society is an investment in future business performance. We’ve seen corporate commitment to this ideal in action during the development and ratification of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in the fight for U.S. marriage equality. More and more, companies are vocalizing their support of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues—and are executing strategic plans to create the change they know is required to achieve a sustainable economy.
The emerging U.S. policy agenda could make the work even more challenging than it has been for the last decade. Especially if it is in conflict with the policies of global market economies in which your company likely operates. So what is to be done? Cling tightly to your coffee mug that reads, “stay calm and carry on” and do just that. There is overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and human induced and socio-economic research that underscores the social ills that accompany inequality. The companies that have the courage to be among the first to make real commitments to improving the environmental and social conditions in their operating environments are the ones that have the opportunity to use those commitments as positive differentiators with institutional investors, customers, and the general public.
Every year, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship holds the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival to celebrate not only the great work that companies are doing to achieve social, environmental, and business value, but also the creative methods in which they communicate their efforts. Public voting for the 2017 Film Festival—presented by FedEx—is now open. Vote for the winning video before February 17, 2017. Winners will be announced during the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, held in Boston on March 26-28.
For the 2016 competition, the Center introduced competition categories for the first time to recognize a wider selection of terrific programs. The award ceremony, sponsored by Mary Kay Inc., was held during the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference in Atlanta. There, Kirsten Gappelberg, director of corporate social responsibility & sustainability at Mary Kay, shared the mindset that enables her team to create award-winning videos that increase engagement around their signature cause—domestic violence.
From left to right: Jamie Mercurio of athenahealth, Catherine McGlown of Humana, Chandra Gruber of St. Jude Medical, and Sarah Andersen of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes an increased focus on corporate giving initiatives. From localized donations such as food and toy drives to broader efforts like the annual #GivingTuesday campaign, companies are ramping up their corporate giving programs. As our calendar year comes to an end and many are moving into new budget cycles this spring, it is a good time to assess your giving strategy and make sure it is designed to maximize both social and business value. All giving is good AND you can increase the effectiveness of your company’s giving program by employing the resources and capabilities unique to you, addressing the causes most relevant to your business operating context, and mobilizing your employees. If you activate your program on all three of these fronts, you will make an impact that continues well beyond the holidays.