Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

A strategic approach to public policy engagement

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jul 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

21st Century Corporate CitizenshipIn our current climate, companies are being looked to increasingly to take a position on social issues—sometimes to the point of engaging directly in public debate, or even in the political arena. As companies become more active in issues of public policy—from education, to immigration, to human rights—corporate citizenship professionals should be prepared to advise leadership on what issues best align with their companies’ values and business goals. To help firms effectively address questions like navigating the corporate advocacy space, Dave Stangis—Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Campbell Soup Company—and I released two resources last year.

First, the book 21stCentury Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business serves as a how-to guide for the corporate responsibility professionals leading and implementing programs on the ground. We followed up by publishing The Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Corporate Citizenship, which informs more senior managers on the business value of integrating sustainability and social impact into strategy. 

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership, Human Rights, Governance, Education, Policy, Public Relations

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

October Corporate Citizenship Highlights

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Oct 30, 2014 3:38:00 PM
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As corporations work to stay on the cutting edge of corporate citizenship practice, business leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the role that company citizenship plays in overall business strategy, and how—if effectively aligned—environmental, social, and governance dimensions can result in increased performance. The forthcoming 2014 State of Corporate Citizenship study reports that executives whose companies integrated corporate citizenship programs with their overall business strategy and were more likely to report success than those whose companies considered it an add-on activity.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Strategy, Leadership, Align, Board, Governance

How to confront child labor in your supply chain

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Jun 12, 2014 9:54:05 AM

child-labourToday is World Day Against Child Labor, an annual day of awareness that brings together governments, employers, and workers organizations, as well as millions of people from around the world, to highlight the plight of child laborers and identify what can be done to help them. Throughout the world, approximately 168 million children work, many of them full-time, leaving them without access to education or time to play. More than half are exposed to hazardous work environments, including slavery, forced labor, drug trafficking, and prostitution.

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Topics: Regulation, Supply Chain Management, Human Rights, Governance, Trafficking

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