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

Merck Investing in Mothers: to reduce preventable maternal mortality worldwide

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Aug 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 17 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can create programs that prioritize the corporate citizenship issues that are most important to your stakeholders and business contextand make the best use of your resourcesconsider joining online from October 2-November 22, 2017 for our Materiality: How to Determine what Matters to Corporate Citizenship Strategy and Reporting course.

Around the world, leaders are coming together to address social and environmental issues, and the role for business has never been greater.

In 2015, corporate citizenship took unprecedented steps forward. Multiple stakeholders—including business leaders—worked to develop multilateral agreements to combat climate change and ensure sustainable progress. The Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent years of work and hope. With 17 new objectives and 169 specific targets that address issues ranging from education and inequality to economic growth and the environment, the SDGs are encompassing.150921_MERK_UGANDA_DAY4_KAMPALA_127_855_high.jpg

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Topics: Member Spotlight, Health & Wellness, Materiality, Corporate Community Involvement, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Human Rights, Signature Programs

IKEA Foundation tackles child labor in India’s cotton communities; long-term holistic approach addresses social, cultural and economic influences

Posted by Susan Thomas on Jul 15, 2014 8:47:10 AM

IKEA_Foundation_BLKTen-year-old Tejas was forced to leave school and work in the cotton fields in India alongside his parents to supplement the family’s US $1.67 a day earnings. "It’s very difficult to work in cotton fields," says Tejas. "My back ached every day. I feared that snakes or spiders would bite me. I wished I could study. My friends used to ask me to go to school with them. I had to work."

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Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Community Involvement, Non-Profits, Human Rights, Foundation, Signature Programs

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

A corporate approach to eradicating child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in the supply chain

Posted by Ryan Nick on Oct 30, 2013 6:56:43 AM

ChildLabor_toolkitThe international supply chain is a complex system that requires businesses’ increased attention and transparency due to the prevalence of human rights issues, from child labor and forced labor to human trafficking. This was the topic of our most recent webinar presented in conjunction with the Department of Labor.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Supply Chain Management, Human Rights, Trafficking, Labor Laws

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