Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Corporate Disaster Relief: Strategic efforts to rebuild and strengthen communities

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jan 30, 2017 2:45:17 PM

Helping communities rebound from a traumatic event or natural disaster requires multi-level and cross-sector effort. There are immediate needs to be met—such as trauma support—and in the case of extreme weather events—food, water, and shelter. To make the most of their disaster relief programs, corporate citizenship professionals must partner internally and externally to make the best possible use of all available resources, from community involvement efforts like corporate giving and volunteering to more operational activities like security, logistics, and supply chain management.

Disasters, no matter what their scale, have economic ramifications in addition to the social and environmental consequences. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, wildfires, floods, droughts, and other natural disasters were responsible for more than a trillion dollars in economic damage in 2015 and that number is only expected to increase as climate-related natural disasters become more frequent.

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Topics: Workplace Giving, Corporate Philanthropy, Partnerships, Community Involvement, Employee Engagement, Corporate Volunteerism, corporate giving, Responsible Corporate Leadership

Volunteer programs can help increase employee engagement

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Feb 11, 2016 1:17:23 PM

With longer work hours and shorter tenures on average, it is more difficult than ever to keep employees engaged with their jobs. The Gallup’s 2013 State of the Global Workplace study describes engaged employees as people who are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations. In that study, it was found that 87 percent of employees are disengaged from their jobs.[i]

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Corporate Volunteerism, Volunteer Programs

Case Study: Aligning workplace giving, corporate philanthropy, and volunteering at KPMG

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Dec 23, 2015 7:20:00 AM

The following is excerpted from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s most recent research report, the Community Involvement Study 2015. KPMG_Corporate_Giving.jpgTo learn more about corporate giving, consider joining us in Austin, TX on Feb. 23-25, 2016 for Corporate Giving: An Introduction to Corporate and Foundation Giving

To most effectively address social issues through community involvement efforts, many companies take a holistic approach, developing efforts that work in tandem to achieve the greatest possible business and social value. Workplace giving efforts are an important component of these efforts, and are often used by companies to augment the more traditional corporate giving and volunteer initiatives.

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Topics: Corporate Philanthropy, Community Involvement, Corporate Volunteerism, Case Study

Farmers Insurance helps launch a Disaster Recovery Playbook

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Nov 24, 2015 9:00:45 AM

The following is excerpted from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s research report, the Community Involvement Study 2015.

Farmers_NJ_Fav_Team_.jpgThe 2015 Community Involvement Study finds that nearly all companies have a community involvement strategy or are in the process of setting one up. The most effective are those that align their programs with overall business objectives—bringing the unique skills and expertise of employees to bear on some of society’s toughest challenges.

As a property and casualty insurance company, Farmers Insurance knows well what challenges people face when they encounter natural disasters. Building from their core competency, Farmers has a dedicated team of staff members who handle only disaster response and are prepared to react in a moment’s notice.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Corporate Communication Strategy, Corporate Volunteerism, Management Practices

Driving Engagement and Business Performance: The Role of Employee Volunteering Programs

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Sep 9, 2015 3:57:20 PM

The following is excerpted from the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you develop and implement employee volunteer programs to drive employee engagement, consider joining us at one of our professional development courses.

Employee VolunteeringBy thoughtfully developing and implementing initiatives like employee volunteer programs, corporate citizenship practitioners can benefit society and their business at the same time. The key is getting employees engaged.

The Center’s Community Involvement survey finds that more than 90 percent of companies list improved employee engagement among the top three benefits of an employee volunteer program.

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Topics: CSR, Corporate Volunteerism, Management Practices

Fostering a more promising and productive future through mentorship programs

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jan 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Mentoring-079109-editedIn 1897, Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist credited with leading the enormous expansion of the American steel industry, appointed the 35-year-old Charles M. Schwab as his successor as president of Carnegie Steel. Schwab had started as a low level engineer at the company and first impressed Carnegie with his talents as a pianist at a party. This jump-started a close mentoring relationship between the two, and in a relatively brief period of time, Schwab was groomed to follow Carnegie as head of the company. Schwab’s business success even after he left Carnegie Steel is largely credited to Carnegie’s interest in his high-potential protégé.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Community Involvement, Corporate Volunteerism

CSR Professionals Give Back on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Nov 25, 2014 1:24:54 PM

Giving Tuesday The third annual #GivingTuesday is happening on December 2, 2014. Started in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday is working to institutionalize a day of giving back. According to a Guidestar report, more than 50 percent of nonprofits receive the bulk of their contributions during the holiday season. More than 70 percent of these annual charitable gifts in the United States come from individuals.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Philanthropy, Community Involvement, Corporate Volunteerism

Trends in Corporate Giving: Building Nonprofit Capacity

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Nov 19, 2014 12:58:00 PM

Trends-in-Corporate-GivingThe nonprofit sector is a powerful force in the U.S. economy. According to the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University, more than 70 million people work and volunteer in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits employ more people than every other sector except retail and manufacturing, and their revenue accounts for nearly 10 percent of the U.S. GDP.[1] As a result, recipients and funders alike have a serious stake in a nonprofit’s ability to reach the best possible decisions, work effectively, and sustain itself over time. Nonprofits are vitally important to the health and wellbeing of the United States as we know it.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Workplace Giving, Corporate Philanthropy, Corporate Volunteerism

Giving Tuesday: A day when individuals and companies give

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Nov 4, 2013 4:29:53 AM

TGivingTuesdayCloudhe Center for Corporate Citizenship has partnered with GivingTuesday.org (#GivingTuesday), a non-profit organization that aims to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the holiday season. Through a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of personal and corporate philanthropy and inspires people to bring attention to the season of giving.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Workplace Giving, Community Involvement, Employee Engagement, Corporate Volunteerism

CEO challenge ignites spark of service at The Advisory Board Company

Posted by TSimpson on Oct 29, 2013 8:41:52 AM

ABC_Logo_PantoneWhen Robert Musslewhite, CEO of The Advisory Board Company, presented the 2013 challenge of 100% participation in service, $1 million in nonprofit benefit, and 10,000 lives touched, his employees responded. At The Advisory Board Company, employees are encouraged to develop as professionals and lead with both their heads and their hearts. The company culture is driven by a desire to not only go beyond every expectation to serve mission-driven organizations, but to do so with an understanding of the importance of its nonprofit partners’ work. Because of this service-driven mindset, combined with a collaborative approach focused on truly understanding all facets of a challenging issue, they have built deep relationships with their partners.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Workplace Giving, CSR, Employee Engagement, Corporate Volunteerism

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