Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Applied Materials’ Education Initiative aims to increase graduation rates and student success

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Oct 17, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The forthcoming 2015 Community Involvement Survey illustrates that many companies are addressing relevant social issues, with a prominent focus on K-12 education. The survey shows that nearly 55 percent of companies include education among their top issues for attention and investment. Tweet: 55% of companies include #education among their top issues for attention and #community investment. With nearly 20 percent of students failing to graduate on time, or at all, corporations are making investments to try and increase student achievement and graduation rates for a more educated workforce.[i]

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Topics: Partnerships, Corporate Community Involvement, Impact Investing, Investment Strategy, Education

MassMutual challenges students to plan for the future

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Apr 15, 2015 1:48:00 PM

MassMutual-FutureSmartHere at the Center, we spend a lot of time thinking about how our members can make the good work they do in CSR go even further. We scan research publications in the management and social sciences disciplines related to corporate citizenship, work with some of the top thinkers in the field, and conduct our own research to provide our more than 400 members with the insights that help drive business and social value.

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Topics: Partnerships, Corporate Community Involvement, Education, Signature Programs

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: Volunteer, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, Youth, Education, Involvement

Go big or go home: Inside HMH’s latest initiative

Posted by Olivia Simone on Aug 25, 2014 3:29:00 PM

houghton-mifflin-harcourt-logoAs a global education company and one of the world’s leading providers of pre-K-12 education content and services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has an extended tradition of fostering education through partnerships with local organizations. At the heart of each initiative is the company’s mission – to change people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.

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Topics: Partnerships, Corporate Community Involvement, Education, Signature Programs

Boston Scientific tackles widespread disparities in healthcare with its Close the Gap program

Posted by Susie Moore on Aug 12, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Bs-furtherIn America, heart disease [1] is the #1 killer, taking more lives each year than all cancers combined. And although diseaseprevalence is similar across genders and ethnicities, awareness of risk factors and disparity in treatment rates are not. Close the Gap, a Boston Scientific educational initiative, was established in 2006 to address disparities in cardiovascular care for the underserved patient populations of women, African Americans, and Hispanic/Latino Americans. Initially focused solely on cardiovascular health, Close the Gap recently expanded its mission to address healthcare disparities that exist in other disease states, including asthma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.[2-5]

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Diversity, Health & Wellness, Corporate Community Involvement, Inclusion, Education, Gender, Signature Programs

Key takeaways: manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Posted by M McCollester on Jul 14, 2014 11:38:54 AM

Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is extremely important in building a skilled talent pool for the manufacturing sector. We spoke with three representatives in our July webinar, Manufacturing Companies and an Educated Workforce, about their efforts to build effective STEM education programs.

Scott Hudson, principal manager, social responsibility and community outreach at the Alcoa Foundation, Jennifer Mandel, communications and public affairs manager at Lockheed Martin, , and Michele Walker-Moak, program manager, global community affairs atApplied Materials believe that encouraging interest in STEM fields is crucial for the future of manufacturing companies. They noted that a shortage of STEM-trained talent currently exists, and thus they focus their programs on engaging untapped demographic groups to help fill this void.

Three key themes emerged from our discussion of STEM education initiatives, and our participants shared their experiences with each:

Aligning Programs with Strategic Issues

One of the main themes that arose from our exchange is the significance of aligning educational programs with a company’s overall strategy. Taking this step increases the program’s effectiveness for it allows executives, employees, and other stakeholders to more easily see the value of the investment.

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Topics: Partnerships, STEM, Corporate Community Involvement, Align, Value, Education

Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s "Manufacture Your Future" off to a strong start

Posted by Susan Thomas on Jul 3, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Alcoa-Foundation-Logo-150x150According to a national survey, less than 20 percent of Americans said that their parents or school system had encouraged them to pursue a career in manufacturing. In response, Alcoa Foundation, the charitable arm of Alcoa, a manufacturing company pioneering the revitalization of the industry, teamed up with their new partner, Discovery Education, in an effort to bridge the industry’s unemployment gap through an online program named "Manufacture Your Future," which debuted in late May.

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Topics: STEM, Corporate Community Involvement, Non-Profits, Education, Foundation, Signature Programs

Manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Posted by elizabeth.rogers on Jun 25, 2014 8:45:32 AM

Manufacturing companies rely on the knowledge and capabilities of skilled workers to keep their businesses going. As a result, manufacturers should be, and often are, proponents of programs that encourage education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, STEM, Corporate Community Involvement, Strategy, Education

Alcoa Foundation: Providing today’s youth with the skills to prepare them for tomorrow

Posted by TSimpson on Nov 26, 2013 4:25:00 AM

AF LogoWith employees in 30 countries across the world, Alcoa is truly a global company. Given the extent of its reach, Alcoa Foundation, the charitable arm of Alcoa, designs its community giving platform with this global audience in mind, developing scalable programs in partnership with select nonprofit organizations. In September 2013, Alcoa Foundation announced a global initiative for unemployed youth in ten Alcoa communities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Jamaica, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. Through the Internships for Unemployed Youth Program, participating youth will receive the education and training necessary to pursue a career in manufacturing. Suzanne van de Raadt, Global Communications Manager, Alcoa Foundation, provided some insight into the history of the program and the tools Alcoa has used to manage its execution across geographies.

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Topics: Partnerships, Corporate Community Involvement, Global, Youth, Non-Profits, Education, Signature Programs

Supporting education: Meeting the needs of community and company

Posted by Paige Kelly on Aug 23, 2013 5:48:29 AM

In our most recent webinar, Supporting education: Meeting the needs of community and companyEDUWebinar, we learned from three professionals who have developed unique education programs that strategically align with their core business as well as their communities’ needs. Hilary Ayala, Director of Consolidated Edison’s Grassroots Management and Strategic Partnerships Programs, Janet Nicholas, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Dassault Systemes, and Dave Enzerra, Senior Director of Community & Public Affairs at Lubrizol Corporation, demonstrated how they successfully implemented and now maintain their education initiatives while facing budget constraints and global challenges. In this webinar we got an in-depth look into three programs that differ in scope, targeted participants, goals, and outcomes.

Hilary Ayala from Con Edison utilizes a grassroots approach, listening and optimizing employee passion for a program that addresses a key issue for both the betterment of local students, and for the company’s future in recruiting students that have excelled in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Con Edison became involved in the FIRST Robotics competition in 1999 because it provides an opportunity for employees to connect with students on a one-on-one basis and to use skills that they use throughout their work at Con Edison, creating a win-win situation for both students and employees.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Best Practices, Education, Signature Programs