Corporate Citizenship Blog

The Road to Paris: Business leaders call for universal climate agreement

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM

wind-turbine-on-roadExperts agree: The risks from climate change are increasing in frequency and impact, creating challenges for senior leaders across all economic and political sectors. Leading companies are taking action to help address climate change, a threat that could reconfigure supply chains, production processes, and operations, by practicing risk assessment, informed decision making, and organizational innovation.
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Topics: Environment, Executive Education, Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

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, Sustainability, Management Practices

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: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education

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 Practices

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, Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 3: A Future-Focused Finale

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Apr 21, 2015 4:19:24 PM

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The final day of the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was rich with inspiration and ideas, as attendees solidified connections, learned from each other and from experts in the field, and were introduced to next year’s Conference sponsor—UPS—during the event’s closing session.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, CSR, Conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 2: Embracing the Future and Finding Simplicity

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Apr 20, 2015 10:51:52 PM

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With an agenda packed from dawn to dusk, day two of the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was full of learning and networking—we even managed to network while getting some exercise! Highlights included an in-depth one-on-one with Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell, an on-site volunteer project benefiting Austin middle-schoolers, and more than 15 other sessions tackling subjects ranging from engaging veterans to navigating the reporting landscape.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, CSR, Conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship Conference Recap Day 1: Exploring and Celebrating the Digital Age

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Apr 19, 2015 10:18:00 PM

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The first day of the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was packed with insights, discussion, and collaboration, as CSR professionals from around the world came together to network, share stories, and learn from each other—and from experts in the field. While it was a day of growth and exploration, it was also a day of celebration, as UPS and Mary Kay were both awarded the top prize for the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival. 

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Film Festival

2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference begins tomorrow in Austin

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Apr 18, 2015 3:46:21 PM

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Every year, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship gathers CSR leaders from around the globe for our International Corporate Citizenship Conference. Drawing experts from our more than 400 Member companies, leading corporate citizenship and management thinkers, and organizations such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and CDP, we create unique space—one that admits corporate citizenship practitioners only—for the free exchange of ideas.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Conference

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

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