Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Impact investing: Connecting money management with mission

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Feb 2, 2016 3:07:19 PM

Impact investing is an emerging area that companies are beginning to add to their philanthropic portfolios. The definition of impact investing is twofold: fund a worthy social cause to provide value to the community while returning financial value to the investor.

A new notice put out by the IRS in September makes this a particularly favorable time for companies to begin operationalizing the task of impact investing. The 2015 IRS report, “Investing Made for Charitable Purposes,” affirmed the private foundation’s right and ability to invest in a way that advances their charitable goals, even if the expected rates of return on those investments may be less than other possible investment options.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Finance, Strategy, Impact Investing

Applied Materials’ Education Initiative aims to increase graduation rates and student success

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Oct 17, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The forthcoming 2015 Community Involvement Survey illustrates that many companies are addressing relevant social issues, with a prominent focus on K-12 education. The survey shows that nearly 55 percent of companies include education among their top issues for attention and investment. Tweet: 55% of companies include #education among their top issues for attention and #community investment. With nearly 20 percent of students failing to graduate on time, or at all, corporations are making investments to try and increase student achievement and graduation rates for a more educated workforce.[i]

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Topics: Partnerships, Corporate Community Involvement, Impact Investing, Investment Strategy, Education

Investors looking to companies for a longer-term view

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jul 1, 2014 11:25:52 AM

While I was on the road for Center business a couple of weeks ago, I caught BlackRock CEO Larry Fink on Squawk Box. Fink is bullish on U.S. equities. With $4.4 trillion under management, he is someone who a lot of investors listen to, whether they agree with him or not. The panel of Squawk Box interlocutors was discussing with Fink how our dovish Fed is dampening volatility (and trading volume) in the markets, reducing the opportunity to make quick money. Fink’s position in this conversation caught my attention. “Lack of volatility is not an investor problem,” he said, “It is a trader problem.” During the 20 minutes or so I watched, Fink talked about a longer-term perspective as being important to the future of our national and global economy—promoting longer-term corporate governance, public and private capital investments, and public policy. He and others have noted that many large corporations are sitting on a lot of cash that can be put to work to create more business value and more social good.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Transparency, Impact Measurement, Impact Investing, Investment Strategy, Investor Relations

Where should you invest? Assessing and Meeting Community Needs

Posted by elizabeth.rogers on Nov 21, 2013 10:23:05 AM

webinar_dec42013Corporate citizenship professionals often debate which issues warrant a commitment by their firms. Selecting poorly can be costly. A firm’s corporate citizenship efforts may amount to nothing if it invests heavily in, say, political campaigns when its customers and employees really care about green energy or education programs. Understanding both where a company is best positioned to make an impact and which issues are most important to its stakeholders is critical.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Community, Impact Investing, Investment Strategy

Is your corporate citizenship and sustainability department facing finite resources?

Posted by kerin.sikorski on May 24, 2013 6:27:32 AM

WebinarJune2013Finite resources of time, support, and the almighty dollar can leave citizenship and sustainability departments searching for solutions. How can we do more with less? Can we afford to strive for the impacts we want? What are the priorities?

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Strategy, Impact Investing, Impact, Resource