Corporate Citizenship Blog

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: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Conference, Responsible Corporate Leadership

Corporate Citizenship Career Path: Executive Forum

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Sep 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 17 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can develop the strategies and skills that will prepare you to lead your teams and colleagues to a new level, consider applying for our Leadership Academy, which will be help on campus at Boston College November 14-18. Also, check back for further insights from our Executive Forum in future Career Path installments.

For more than six years, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has benefited from the guidance and expertise of its Executive Forum. This unique network brings together senior-level professionals from a wide range of industries to provide corporate citizenship leadership, inspiration, and knowledge, and influence the public discourse of the role of business in society. Here, a sampling of Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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Executive Forum at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education

The key to sustainable business

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Sep 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Ideas_175px.jpgAs we head out of the dog days of summer, the transition to Fall brings more bustle to the rhythm of work and life for many of us.  It is easy to feel like the grind of our fast-paced business world will govern our every action and bit of our attention for the next 11 months. 

After all, our work is full of innumerable necessary tasks: prepare the sustainability report; develop the employee volunteer project; meet with the Green Teams to get the office recycling campaign going; create corporate citizenship talking points for your CEO’s next investor presentation; the list goes on and on…

Something’s gotta give, right?  Here’s one thing that you should never let slip off of your list:

Take time to ask, “What if…?”

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Management Practices

Corporate Citizenship Career Path

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Aug 25, 2016 9:36:51 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 17 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can develop the strategies and skills that will prepare you to lead your teams and colleagues to a new level, consider applying for our Leadership Academy, which will be help on campus at Boston College November 14-18. Also, check back for further insights from our Executive Forum in future Career Path installments.

For more than six years, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has benefited from the guidance and expertise of its Executive Forum. This unique network brings together senior-level professionals from a wide range of industries to provide corporate citizenship leadership, inspiration, and knowledge, and influence the public discourse of the role of business in society. Here, a sampling of Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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Executive Forum at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education

ArcelorMittal invests in building a cleaner future

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Feb 17, 2016 6:47:30 AM

ArcelorMittal’s commitment to carbon reduction efforts were on display during the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, where they served as the event’s carbon offset sponsor. 

In order to address the world’s most pressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, companies must continually search out and implement new ways to address their impacts and invest in sustainable solutions for today and for the future.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Environmental Sustainability

Impact investing: Connecting money management with mission

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Feb 2, 2016 3:07:19 PM

Impact investing is an emerging area that companies are beginning to add to their philanthropic portfolios. The definition of impact investing is twofold: fund a worthy social cause to provide value to the community while returning financial value to the investor.

A new notice put out by the IRS in September makes this a particularly favorable time for companies to begin operationalizing the task of impact investing. The 2015 IRS report, “Investing Made for Charitable Purposes,” affirmed the private foundation’s right and ability to invest in a way that advances their charitable goals, even if the expected rates of return on those investments may be less than other possible investment options.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Management Practices

Inspired Service

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jan 20, 2016 12:50:17 PM

The following is excerpted from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s most recent issue of the Corporate Citizen magazine. 

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Jessica Allen, standing, is an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow, serves as caregiver for her husband Charles, and holds down a job with the Yellow Ribbon Fund. While serving in Afghanistan, Charles stepped on an IED and everything changed—he became a double amputee. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is one example of the nonprofits supported by USAA and The USAA Foundation to help military caregivers with programs that promote their emotional well-being and financial empowerment.

With a new comprehensive corporate citizenship strategy, USAA sharpens its focus to increase positive impact on military families and local communities. In 1922, 25 Army officers in San Antonio, Texas, joined together to insure their automobiles because they had difficulty getting insurance due to their high-risk professions. These officers formed an insurance company to help protect one another—an association based on trust and the bond of military service.

From that humble beginning, the organization has grown to become a leading brand for customer experience. Today, USAA serves more than 11 million military servicemembers and their families with insurance, banking, investments, and financial advice. The organization’s corporate citizenship focus through the years had been broadly focused and mostly oriented toward its San Antonio hometown.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Community Involvement, Management Practices

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

Do you want to join approximately 600 CSR professionals for in-depth discussions and expert insights? Register before February 5th and save up to $200.

Transparency and GovernanceEvery 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, Executive Education, Conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Open call to submit your corporate citizenship video

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Dec 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM


The submission period is open, we will be accepting video uploads until January 15, 2016.

FilmFestival_IllustratedProjector.pngFor eight years the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has hosted the Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, which attracts both domestic and international interest. This year, the event is sponsored by Mary Kay, and provides your company with a platform to share your CSR story with thousands of viewers, including the approximately 600 CSR leaders attending the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference. 
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Community Involvement, communications

Corporate Citizenship Conference : Global Citizens / Local Communities

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Dec 2, 2015 9:50:18 AM

2016ConferenceLogo.pngEffective corporate citizenship professionals are always looking ahead, analyzing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that are emerging, and modifying their own efforts to plan and account for them. This is a complex task that only becomes more challenging as the global business context becomes more integrated.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability

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