Corporate Citizenship Blog

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: CSR, Conference

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: CSR, Conference

2017 Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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, CSR, Conference, Film Festival

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

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: Business Perspectives, Executive Education, CSR, Conference

Stakeholder engagement delivers critical insight on global issues

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Feb 23, 2016 2:39:36 PM

To tackle global issues like climate change, poverty, and health and wellness, individuals acrossGlobe-Hands.jpg sectors have to work together cooperatively.

Every day at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we work with companies to realize their full capacity to create global change, and we know that work is not undertaken alone. 

Our members think carefully about how their local engagements contribute to the bigger picture and about their impacts on a variety of stakeholders. Our members engage with those outside the corporate walls to understand where they can put their assets to work and how they can prevent negative impacts. These companies engage a broad range of supporters AND critics to ensure well-informed decisions based on a variety of perspectives.   

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Topics: CSR, Stakeholder Enagement

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. 


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

The impact of CSR storytelling through video

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Nov 4, 2015 1:53:05 PM

2016 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

A picture is worth a thousand words.” If this statement is accurate, how many words is video worth? Video is quickly becoming the media consumption format of choice for consumers and business executives around the world. A recent study by comScore, shows that 100 million people watch a video on the internet each day. Even more impressive is research from Cisco that states by 2019, online video will be responsible for nearly 80 percent of global internet traffic, an increase from 66 percent in 2013. These figures speak to the fact that video is rapidly becoming the most valuable opportunity for businesses to engage their stakeholders.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Philanthropy, CSR, Partnerships, Film Festival

Driving a #GivingTuesday campaign: employee engagement, partnership and participation

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Oct 30, 2015 2:37:41 PM

 “We make a living by what we get but, we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill

Giving Tuesday is a national day of online giving which is held at the start of the annual holiday season following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

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Topics: Workplace Giving, Corporate Philanthropy, CSR, Partnerships, Employee Engagement

Securing a sustainable supply chain: lessons from CSR research

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Oct 13, 2015 12:04:00 PM

A company’s corporate citizenship impact extends beyond its headquarters. To address environmental, social, and governance issues effectively, CSR professionals today must look beyond their own operations and deep into their supply chain. How and where are materials sourced? How are the components of products developed? What are the environmental and human rights ramifications of those processes? Issues as serious as child labor, conflict minerals, and climate change can only be effectively tackled when a company’s commitments to corporate citizenship and reporting are adopted by their suppliers and partners.

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Topics: CSR, Reporting, Research, Supply Chain

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