Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Banfield Pet Hospital: Creating a Better World for Pets

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on May 11, 2016 12:10:00 PM

The following is excerpted from Issue 15 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can engage your employees and contribute to your communities through employee volunteering programs, consider joining us for our Employee Volunteer Programs with Purpose course.

Community involvement efforts—once a way for well-intentioned companies to connect with people in their area—are now an essential part of corporate citizenship programs and have evolved to become a strategic component of business.BanfieldPetHospital.jpg

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Topics: Partnerships, Engaging Employees, Member Spotlight, Corporate Community Involvement, Align, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Signature Programs

Employee volunteering and engagement in action with Insperity

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Apr 28, 2016 12:19:51 PM

Here at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we’re asked to provide insight and expertise on the complete spectrum of corporate citizenship practices. Our more than 420 member companies are interested in issues ranging from environmental impact reporting to nonprofit board placements—as well as every area in between. One issue that is consistently among the most popular topic of discussion, however, is one of the foundational elements of early CSR—employee volunteer programs. A main focus of corporate citizenship programs year-round, employee volunteer initiatives are especially popular now—during the spring and summer months—when the warmer weather offers a broader array of available activities.

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The focus on employee volunteer programs is hardly surprising. Employee volunteer programs offer a myriad of benefits to both businesses and the communities they serve. Research finds that they encourage stronger employee engagement, increase retention, and better job performance. The Center’s own research supports these findings. Our 2015 Community Involvement Study finds that more than 90 percent of companies list improved employee engagement among the top three benefits of an employee volunteer program. Furthermore, companies themselves have found empirical support for the relationship between volunteering and employee engagement. Of the 60 percent of companies that measure the connection between engagement in their employee volunteer program and employee engagement, 89 percent found a positive correlation (see Figure A).

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Topics: Engaging Employees, Member Spotlight, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP)

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: Engaging Employees, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP)

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: Engaging Employees, Strategy, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Return on Investment (ROI)

Employee Volunteering: Do you want to expand your employee participation?

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Dec 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Volunteerism-iStock_000022509516LargeIs your corporate citizenship department looking to kick-start your employee volunteer program? Start with, “What’s in it for me?”  Ask yourself: What’s in it for your employees and your business?

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Topics: Engaging Employees, Value, Reputation, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP)

Legg Mason supports employee retention through their Global Mentor Program

Posted by k.Kosmides on Jun 18, 2014 7:31:23 AM

legg_mason_logoAs companies engage with corporate citizenship, internal policies and programs present an excellent opportunity to address important focus areas such as employee retention. Legg Mason, a global asset management firm, supports employee retention through the Global Mentor Program, an internal mentorship initiative. By matching high-performing employees with experienced members in leadership roles, the program aims to expand the networking skills, leadership training, and company exposure of promising staff members. Legg Mason views the Global Mentor Program as a critical investment in leadership and talent development, having successfully mentored approximately 140 employees since the program’s inception.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Engaging Employees, Leadership, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Professional Development, Retention, Signature Programs

Learn how two companies have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Apr 17, 2014 12:11:25 PM

At the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, volunteerism emerged as one of the major themes of discussion. To keep the conversation going, it also became the topic of our April webinar, titled “Innovations in Volunteering.” This one hour webinar highlighted two companies that have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs at their companies and provided key takeaways.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Measurement, Skills-based Volunteering, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Innovation, Buy-in, Human Resources (HR)

Corporate Citizenship 2014: Five areas for continued action

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jan 8, 2014 11:33:03 AM

As we start 2014, we have taken some time to reflect on the work of the last year and where we see the field headed. The Center has had the privilege to work with companies in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa this year and our membership reflects this diversity. While the individual issues being addressed by companies may differ across global regions, the questions are essentially the same at their core:

Are we helping to create the type of world we want to do business in?

Even more importantly, are we helping to create the kind of world we want to live in?

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Topics: Sustainability, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Global, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Community Involvement Technology Vendor Reports

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Dec 11, 2013 4:00:35 AM


TechVendorArt.pngKeeping your community involvement program organized and running smoothly, especially when it is growing, can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are many technology solutions that can help!

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Topics: Giving, Corporate Community Involvement, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Survey