Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

International Corporate Citizenship Conference : Breaking down a breakout session

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Dec 15, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Transparency and Governance

Every year, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship gathers experts from around the world for our International Corporate Citizenship Conference. This 2.5 day event is packed full of inspiring speakers, networking opportunities, and hands-on workshops that offer the insight and guidance to help you tackle environmental, social, and governance issues. While attendees find value in all of the activities, many find the most in-depth, actionable discussion to take place during our 26 breakout sessions. In these sessions, a panel of distinguished CSR leaders dives into a specific topic—offering real world examples of successes and challenges and fielding questions from the audience. Because the Conference admits corporate citizenship practitioners only, attendees engage in honest dialogue and free discussion.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, Ethics, Transparency, Governance

Even leaders sometimes need to recalculate

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 10, 2013 7:27:40 AM

“Recalculating.” How many times have you groaned when you heard that word coming from your GPS because you thought you knew the route and the GPS was sending you a different way, or because it meant you had missed a turn and now had to reroute.

But often this recalculation is a positive. The alert to “recalculate” means it’s time to choose a different path. This new path will show you new routes you might otherwise have missed, or reintroduce you to routes you’ve already encountered.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Executive Education, Conference, Ethics

CSR professionals give tips on how to prepare for organizational change

Posted by Paige Kelly on Sep 12, 2013 5:51:00 AM

BlogOrganizational change is inevitable in businesses today; the question is how do individuals not only endure but thrive in such an atmosphere? As one of our webinar speakers, Cathy Glover, Director of Community Investment at Suncor, points out, implementing any major organizational change is like building the car while it is still driving,” – clearly a significant challenge for any individual. The Center recognized this challenge as a common one for members and wanted to highlight two individuals who have learned from a transitional phase firsthand in our most recent webinar, Preparing for organizational change: A professional development guide. Along with Cathy Glover, Rosemary Matzl, Director of Community Relations at Illinois Tool Works, also spoke candidly about her experiences and learning related to corporate change.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Ethics, Management

Preparing for organizational change: A professional development guide

Posted by elizabeth.rogers on Aug 21, 2013 6:11:55 AM

change-ahead-sign_300x220In an evolving economy, it is business as usual when you receive a memo announcing a merger, acquisition, or CEO change. While organizational change presents challenges to professionals in all areas of a company, these changes can be particularly challenging when you work in sustainability, corporate responsibility, and community involvement.

For corporate citizenship professionals, such changes can have direct impacts on your grantees, programs, and even philanthropic priorities. The field in general has gained stature, the social and business benefits of your programs are well-known and understood by the current leadership, but will the priorities remain the same? Will you have to off-ramp with a charity that you’ve worked with for years? When a CEO who supported your corporate citizenship efforts decides to take an opportunity elsewhere, or a merger forces two different priority lists to compete, what is a citizenship professional to do?

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Ethics

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