Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

The Power of Storytelling

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Dec 14, 2016 9:08:28 AM

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.

2016_film_festival_winners.jpgFrom left to right: Jamie Mercurio of athenahealth, Catherine McGlown of Humana, Chandra Gruber of St. Jude Medical, and Sarah Andersen of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Film Festival, Communication, Storytelling

2017 Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

We're delighted to announce that the call for entries is now open for our 9th annual International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. Part of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, this year's Film Festival is presented by FedEx.

“Each year, through video storytelling, we highlight the tremendous work accomplished by corporate citizenship professionals from around the world,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “By showcasing these exceptional programs and initiatives—and the creative ways in which they’re shared—we strive to inspire others to do even more great work.”

Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 400 submissions. Among last year’s winning entries were films that featured STEM education, lifelong fitness and well-being, and access to quality healthcare for uninsured individuals. Here's an overview of last year's finalists:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Film Festival, Storytelling

2017 Conference: Corporate Citizenship Ecosystems

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In the more than three decades since the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded, so much in our field has changed. Corporate citizenship has gone from a sideline effort of a few well-meaning companies to a strategic business imperative deemed vital by the majority of executives. Why has this shift occurred? Because business leaders have come to recognize that corporate citizenship delivers business AND social value—and that both of these are crucial to achieving sustainable growth.

In the last three decades, the role of a corporate citizenship professional has evolved.  While many still operate in small teams, you have become experts at drawing on the ideas and information, expertise, effort, and financial support of your internal and external partners to advance your businesses, your communities, and our world.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Responsible Corporate Leadership, Investors

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 3: Taking on the Future Together

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 22, 2016 4:03:51 PM

The final day of the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was rich with inspiration and ideas, as attendees solidified connections, learned from each other and from experts in the field, and were introduced to next year’s Conference sponsor—State Street—during the event’s closing session.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Materiality, Network, Professional Development

2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 2: Global Solutions at the Local Level

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 21, 2016 8:40:04 PM

Idea_Exchange_Breakfast.jpgThe first full day of the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was just that—full. Full of the insights and connections that will make future social, environmental, and economic progress possible. During four general sessions, 12 breakout panels, case studies, workshops, and numerous networking opportunities, CSR leaders from around the world discussed the programs that will address global problems—and their local impacts.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Reporting, Conference, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Network, Professional Development

2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 1: The Power of Storytelling

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 20, 2016 8:48:16 PM

BCConf16_crowd.jpgToday, more than 500 corporate citizenship professionals joined us in Atlanta with one purpose: to gather the knowledge and connections necessary to lead the fight against some of the most pressing global issues. The afternoon was filled with numerous networking opportunities and an illuminating dinner session—and was capped off by the annual Film Festival Award Ceremony—setting the stage for two more days of insights and connections.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network, Storytelling, Professional Development

2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference Begins Tomorrow in Atlanta

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 19, 2016 3:00:00 PM

BCConf16-Box.jpgEvery year, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship gathers CSR leaders from around the globe for our International Corporate Citizenship Conference. Drawing experts from our more than 400 Member companies, leading corporate citizenship and management thinkers, and organizations such as CDP and GRI, we create unique space—one that admits corporate citizenship practitioners only—for the free exchange of ideas.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Network, Professional Development

Collaboration as key to a sustainable and prosperous future

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Mar 1, 2016 2:41:27 PM

We should not only use the brains we have but all that we can borrow.”-Woodrow Wilson

As corporate citizenship professionals, you have a uniquely important job. You are required to create, operate, and communicate in ways to differentiate your company from its competitors, and often expected to work with them—as well as with many other partners—to help address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Issues like climate change, global poverty and hunger, and future workforce preparation cannot be addressed by one program or organization alone—no matter how innovative or dedicated. Tackling these problems, and many others, requires the collaborative effort of many.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Conference, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Network

Corporate Citizenship Film Festival: Announcement of 2016 Finalists

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Feb 19, 2016 2:50:34 PM

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The public voting has closed and YOU have chosen the top 9 finalists for 2016. Thank you to all the companies that entered. The Corporate Citizenship Film Festival 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) & Best in Show (based on overall excellence in storytelling, production, and the connection of corporate citizenship to business value) were announced at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference.  

Interested in entering for 2017?  Email filmfestival@bc.edu

 

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Film Festival, Storytelling

International Corporate Citizenship Conference : Breaking down a breakout session

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Dec 15, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Transparency and Governance

Every year, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship gathers experts from around the world for our International Corporate Citizenship Conference. This 2.5 day event is packed full of inspiring speakers, networking opportunities, and hands-on workshops that offer the insight and guidance to help you tackle environmental, social, and governance issues. While attendees find value in all of the activities, many find the most in-depth, actionable discussion to take place during our 26 breakout sessions. In these sessions, a panel of distinguished CSR leaders dives into a specific topic—offering real world examples of successes and challenges and fielding questions from the audience. Because the Conference admits corporate citizenship practitioners only, attendees engage in honest dialogue and free discussion.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Ethics, Transparency, Governance

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