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Vote for your favorite corporate citizenship story

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Jan 17, 2017 12:46:12 PM

Each year, the Corporate Citizenship Film Festival provides companies with an opportunity to demonstrate how they have utilized video as a tool to communicate their environmental, social, and governance efforts. In this year’s competition—sponsored by FedEx—companies are showcasing how they are making a positive impact in communities on their corner and around the world. Community involvement, economic development, and environmental stewardship are just some of the topics which were touched on by the 2017 participants.

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Topics: Conference, Film Festival

The Power of Storytelling

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Dec 14, 2016 9:08:28 AM

Every year, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship holds the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival to celebrate not only the great work that companies are doing to achieve social, environmental, and business value, but also the creative methods in which they communicate their efforts. Public voting for the 2017 Film Festival—presented by FedEx—is now open. Vote for the winning video before February 17, 2017. Winners will be announced during the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, held in Boston on March 26-28.

For the 2016 competition, the Center introduced compe­tition categories for the first time to recognize a wider selection of terrific programs. The award ceremony, sponsored by Mary Kay Inc., was held during the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference in Atlanta. There, Kirsten Gappelberg, director of corporate social responsibility & sustainability at Mary Kay, shared the mindset that enables her team to create award-winning videos that increase engagement around their signature cause—domestic violence.

2016_film_festival_winners.jpgFrom left to right: Jamie Mercurio of athenahealth, Catherine McGlown of Humana, Chandra Gruber of St. Jude Medical, and Sarah Andersen of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Topics: Conference, Corporate Communication Strategy, Film Festival

2017 Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We're delighted to announce that the call for entries is now open for our 9th annual International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. Part of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, this year's Film Festival is presented by FedEx.

“Each year, through video storytelling, we highlight the tremendous work accomplished by corporate citizenship professionals from around the world,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “By showcasing these exceptional programs and initiatives—and the creative ways in which they’re shared—we strive to inspire others to do even more great work.”

Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 400 submissions. Among last year’s winning entries were films that featured STEM education, lifelong fitness and well-being, and access to quality healthcare for uninsured individuals. Here's an overview of last year's finalists:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Conference, Film Festival

Corporate Citizenship Film Festival: Announcement of 2016 Finalists

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Feb 19, 2016 2:50:34 PM

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2016 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival!FilmFestivalLogo_FINAL_Vertical_NoDate.gif

The public voting has closed and YOU have chosen the top 9 finalists for 2016. Thank you to all the companies that entered. The Corporate Citizenship Film Festival is proud to honor excellence in corporate citizenship and recognize your important work.

The winner of each category including a special award for Fan Favorite (based on votes) & Best in Show (based on overall excellence in storytelling, production, and the connection of corporate citizenship to business value) were announced at the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference.  

Interested in entering for 2017?  Email


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Topics: Conference, Film Festival

The impact of CSR storytelling through video

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Nov 4, 2015 1:53:05 PM

2016 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

A picture is worth a thousand words.” If this statement is accurate, how many words is video worth? Video is quickly becoming the media consumption format of choice for consumers and business executives around the world. A recent study by comScore, shows that 100 million people watch a video on the internet each day. Even more impressive is research from Cisco that states by 2019, online video will be responsible for nearly 80 percent of global internet traffic, an increase from 66 percent in 2013. These figures speak to the fact that video is rapidly becoming the most valuable opportunity for businesses to engage their stakeholders.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Philanthropy, CSR, Partnerships, Film Festival

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


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

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