Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Corporate Citizenship Career Path: Executive Forum

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 24, 2016 3:41:16 PM

The following is excerpted from Issue 17 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can develop the strategies and skills that will prepare you to lead your teams and colleagues to a new level, consider applying for our Leadership Academy, which will be held on campus at Boston College November 13-17, 2017.

For more than six years, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has benefited from the guidance and expertise of its Executive Forum. This unique network brings together senior-level professionals from a wide range of industries to provide corporate citizenship leadership, inspiration, and knowledge, and influence the public discourse of the role of business in society. Here, a sampling of Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

Executive Forum at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Leadership, Executive, Career, Professional Development

Career and Learning in Corporate Citizenship

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jul 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

TabletWithCover.pngCorporate citizenship is a unique field in that, through its practice, we seek to address an enormous range of issues—from water stewardship to employee wellness to access to education.

Our mission of employing each company’s specific capabilities to provide quantifiable value to both business and society demands much of us as corporate citizenship professionals. To achieve it, each of us must have a thorough understanding of our company’s social and environmental impacts, an awareness of our stakeholders’ needs and interests, a strategy that addresses the issues that are material to our business and which our firm’s capabilities are best suited to tackle, and a way to measure and evaluate our impact.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Responsible Corporate Leadership, Professional Development

The Corporate Citizen Magazine Issue 14: Lifelong Learning

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Oct 6, 2015 12:53:33 PM

Learn how your peers are using information strategically to increase transparency in their organizations and drive powerful change in Issue 14 of the Corporate Citizen Magazine.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Trends in GRI reporting: value, digital, and ethics

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 22, 2015 9:18:00 AM

GRI-ReportingFirst, the good news: Today’s corporate citizenship reports are more engaging, relevant, and are communicating the positive environmental, social, governance, and business value that companies are creating. A corporate citizenship report was once a nice to have; now approximately 93 percent of the Global 250 issue them.

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Topics: Executive Education, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Trends, Digital Media

Your most important corporate citizenship client

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jun 3, 2015 1:41:47 PM

Warren Buffet tells a story about Charlie Munger that illustrates a great life lesson,

“Charlie, as a very young lawyer, was probably getting $20 an hour. He thought to himself, ‘Who’s my most valuable client?’ And he decided it was himself. So he decided to sell himself an hour each day. He did it early in the morning, working on these construction projects and real estate deals. Everybody should do this, be the client, and then work for other people, too, and sell yourself an hour a day.”

At the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we are privileged to spend our days working with corporations to help them achieve their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives—objectives that—if successfully achieved—will make the world a better place. This purpose informs our mission, strategies, and goals. We try to make your hours efficient by doing some of the work for you.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Strategy, Professional Development, Best Practices

4 rules to make you smarter, your networks stronger, and your CSR programs better

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on May 29, 2015 9:24:41 AM
Corporate Citizenship Knowledge WallThirty years ago, a small group of corporate citizenship professionals gathered on campus at Boston College to found the Center for Corporate Citizenship. I am sure that they never imagined that the Center’s members would grow in number and diversity to the group that we have today, but what was certain was that the combination of knowledge, tools, and a room full of smart people would bring innovation and deliver business and social value through environmental, social, and governance initiatives.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Management, Leadership, Performance

Engaging veterans through philanthropy and employment

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on May 20, 2015 2:59:00 PM

Engaging_VetransIn the United States today, there are more living military veterans than ever before. According to the latest published census in 2014, 19.6 million out of the total 319.2 million Americans are veterans. These men and women have not only sacrificed a great deal defending our country and the freedoms upon which it was founded, they have also accumulated a great many skills and qualities which make them outstanding options as civilian employees. Yet—while their discipline, leadership abilities, and technical skills are widely lauded—military veterans that have served since 2001 have an unemployment rate higher than the national average, one that soars to a staggering 21.4 percent for those between the ages of 18-24.[1]

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Philanthropy, Corporate Community Involvement, Veterans

80 / 20: How Small Corporate Citizenship Teams Make a Big Impact

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Mar 17, 2015 3:14:00 PM

Networks_20150317Do you know the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto? Probably not, but you may know or at least experience his principle, the Pareto Principle—better known as the 80-20 Rule

The Pareto principle states that approximately 80 percent of effects happen because of 20 percent of the causes. Malcolm Gladwell speaks about the Pareto Principle, referring to it as "The Law of the Few" in his book, The Tipping Point.  

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Professional Development, Impact

Applied Materials Education Initiative marks more than 10 years of supporting school transformation and improved student outcomes

Posted by TSimpson on Jan 24, 2013 10:27:29 AM

In 2001, an alarming number of very low performing schools and students were causing great concern throughout the Silicon Valley region, especially among businesses. In response, Applied Materials set a new philanthropic strategic course through its Education Initiative with the goal of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school inspired and prepared to have success in college and life. Today with consistent emphasis on system transformation, Applied Materials has a success story and a strategy worth sharing. Students and schools are achieving performance scores at levels previously considered unattainable. Michele Walker-Moak, Global Community Affairs Manager, recently shared some insights behind the initiative with the Center.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Executive Education, Partnerships

Capital One partners with Junior Achievement to expand financial awareness of youths

Posted by TSimpson on Dec 12, 2012 6:30:15 AM

Since 2006, Capital One and Junior Achievement (JA) have partnered to provide experiential personal finance education to students across the country through JA Finance Park®. This unique program begins with four weeks of intensive in-classroom money-management lessons. Students then have the opportunity to put their newly learned skills to the test in the interactive learning environment of Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Executive Education, Workplace Giving

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