Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

The business case for the Paris Agreement

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jun 5, 2017 12:15:31 PM

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Since President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, we have witnessed an unprecedented response from local, state, and corporate actors. In the subsequent 24 hours, dozens of companies—including Disney, General Motors, and Apple—and scores of state and local officials pledged continued commitment to the plan. Bloomberg founder and CEO Michael Bloomberg offered to contribute the $15 million dollars that the United States otherwise would have to the operating budget of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In California, Governor Jerry Brown committed to continue talks with China to connect the country to the state’s cap and trade program, which is already linked to Quebec.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Business Case

Investing in a Brighter Future for All

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on May 12, 2017 2:43:52 PM

The following is excerpted from Issue 19 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can align your corporate citizenship strategy with strategic business goals, consider joining us online for our Corporate Citizenship Strategy course.

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BBVA Compass relies on its bedrock principle of transparent banking to serve its clients, and invests significant time and money in its communities. 

It is firmly committed to reaching low- to moderate-income (LMI) areas. Every initiative BBVA Compass undertakes, every program that it develops and supports—whether it’s community development, education, or the arts—is designed to underscore the bank’s brand promise of building better, brighter futures for everyone in its communities.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Strategy, Community

21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Conversation

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on May 3, 2017 10:01:36 AM

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:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Communication, 21st Century Corporate Citizenship, Vision, Leadership, Executive

Ecosystems create value

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Apr 5, 2017 1:30:13 PM

On Monday, March 27, I had the pleasure of welcoming more than 550 CSR professionals to the Center’s 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, and had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the event’s theme: Corporate Citizenship Ecosystems. Below you can find a video and a transcript excerpting my remarks:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Partnerships, Responsible Corporate Leadership, Value of Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 3: Exploring our Ecosystems

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 28, 2017 3:13:48 PM

032817_BCCCC_0832.jpgThe primary focus of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was ecosystems, so fittingly the final day of the event was full of making meaningful connections and expanding awareness of the entire system in which CSR professionals do their important work. In learning from experts both on the mainstage and in the audience, participants broadened their knowledge of their operating context and looked ahead to next year’s Conference—with convening sponsor Travelers—which was introduced during the event’s closing session.

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

Corporate Citizenship Conference Evening Recap Day 2: Unique Strengths, Shared Goals

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 27, 2017 7:57:03 PM

032717_BCCCC_1654.jpgThe second morning of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was packed with inspiring stories, rich breakout sessions, and spirited networking, culminating in a lunch session hosted by New Balance Athletics, Inc. Subsequently, attendees took advantage of a second set of breakout sessions, featuring an Analog Devices case study that focused on choosing and engaging with nonprofit STEM partners. There was also a deep dive on how to create sustainability and social impact goals that are shared across an entire company. During this session, Smith and Stangis, co-authors of the book: “21st Century Corporate Citizenship,” discussed real-life examples and shared tools and frameworks that attendees could use to make corporate citizenship goals meaningful to everyone in the company. 

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

Corporate Citizenship Conference Morning Recap Day 2: Strong Partnerships for Strong Communities

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 27, 2017 5:28:50 PM

The morning of the first full day of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference dove into the internal and external partnerships that make it possible to create a better world. Attendees explored these networks through general sessions, breakout panels, case studies, workshops, and numerous networking opportunities, including an on-site volunteer project.

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

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 1: Sharing Stories, Driving Change

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 26, 2017 8:36:59 PM

032617_BCCCC_0966.jpgTo achieve business and social value, CSR practitioners must draw on the diverse resources and support offered through their corporate citizenship ecosystems. Today, 550 of those professionals joined us in Boston to expand their ecosystems, all while learning to navigate them more effectively.

In Good Company

The 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference is a 2.5 day event created to facilitate thoughtful sharing and collaboration. Because the event is open to CSR practitioners only, attendees are afforded a unique opportunity to ask difficult questions, share challenges, and hold frank discussions.

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

2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference Begins Today in Boston

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 26, 2017 6:39:48 AM

Conf17_Banner_Blog_Vertical-1.jpgToday, the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference will kick off in Boston. Uniquely tailored to corporate citizenship professionals, this sold-out event will bring together industry experts and more than 550 CSR practitioners from around the world to network, learn, and grow.

This year, the Conference is sponsored by State Street, a company with more than 200 years of experience in advancing stable and prosperous communities, and is being held in Boston. This two-and-a-half-day event will be packed with information and guidance from top leaders in the field. Attendees will walk away prepared navigate their corporate citizenship ecosystems more effectively, enabling them to drive the continued success and prosperity of their firms and to maximize our collective efforts to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  

Here are just a few things we’re excited about exploring in Boston:

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

Announcing the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Finalists

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Mar 6, 2017 10:50:25 AM

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 Festivalpresented by FedExis 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 filmfestival@bc.edu.

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

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