Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Corporate Citizenship Impact and Measurement: How to Measure Progress

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Oct 22, 2015 4:34:27 PM

Evaluation & MeasurementCorporate citizenship professionals are becoming increasingly adept at tying CSR programs to overall business strategy, creating programs that make the most of their employees’ unique skills and their companies’ products and services, and tackling the problems that are most relevant to their stakeholders and operating contexts. In this way, they are addressing environmental, social, and governance issues while contributing to important business goals. To ensure that they are efficiently investing their time, skills, and financial resources, effective CSR professionals are relying on careful measurement and evaluation tactics.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Impact Measurement, Value

CSR and social media: how to amplify your communication efforts

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Feb 17, 2015 10:05:00 AM
Blog-CSR-and-SocialMediaWhat is the key to successfully promoting your CSR efforts on social media? Where is the magic button to gain thousands of likes, RT's, followers, increased brand favorability, and greater stakeholder engagement on social media channels? A lot of work goes into planning, executing, and communicating CSR campaigns both internally and externally. The key to doing so successfully is understanding the WHY when integrating social into your communication efforts. Our research at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has shown that CSR efforts are receiving increased corporate investment, and are contributing to company success. This means, as a corporate citizenship professional, you'll have more stories to tell and an increased opportunity to engage your audience in creative ways through technology.
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Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Communication, Impact Measurement, Network, Digital Media

Get to ‘better’. How using data drives success in corporate citizenship.

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Feb 5, 2015 2:14:00 PM
“In God we trust. All others bring data”
―W. Edwards Deming

Data Drives Corporate CitizenshipThrough corporate citizenship, we can improve our companies—and our world.  But how do others know what we are doing?

We can create a healthier planet through more sustainable operations and green innovations. We can foster a society that welcomes the contributions of all of its members and works to ensure the health and safety of its communities. We can drive financial performance. How do we know we’re getting to “better”? We set goals and report on progress towards them.

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Topics: Impact Measurement, Value, Outcomes

Accounting for the future—will you be Wimpy or Warren Buffet?

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Aug 6, 2014 6:04:00 AM

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree long time ago" - Warren Buffett

20140806-KVS-Blog-WhimpyLast week I was reading a whitepaper from MFS Investment Management about the benefits of investing on a longer horizon.

Corporate citizenship leaders, take note. There is more and more being written about the need for investors to take a longer view. This perspective presents a potential opportunity for companies that are willing to make longer-term investments in environmental, social, and governance dimensions of their businesses to improve their operating environments so that they can sustain positive returns for the longer term.

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Topics: Responsible Corporate Leadership, Impact Measurement, Value, Investment Strategy

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

Hershey’s Learn to Grow builds opportunities for cocoa farmers through evidence-based learning and innovative solutions

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Apr 29, 2014 5:57:55 AM

HersheyCorpLogo2012_180x96West Africa grows about two-thirds of the world’s supply of cocoa beans. More than two million cocoa farmers in West Africa and more than 10 million West Africans depend on cocoa for a significant portion of their livelihoods. Both climate change and shifts in demand have gravely impacted the industry in this region, creating the need for companies with operations in the region to invest in the long-term sustainability of local cocoa farmers. According to Andy McCormick, Senior Director of Cocoa Sustainability at The Hershey Company, projects designed to improve farmer production and raise incomes need to be at sufficient scale.

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Topics: Sustainability, Partnerships, Supply Chain, Impact Measurement, Corporate Community Involvement, Innovation, Global, Signature Programs

Natixis Global Asset Management sharpens corporate citizenship focus for greater impact

Posted by TSimpson on Aug 14, 2013 7:34:16 AM

Q_NATIXIS_10CMThe definition of what it means to be a good corporate citizen has evolved over the years. It varies according to a company’s resources, giving priorities, corporate culture, and even with time. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) underwent a period of internal reflection as it sought to develop a more strategic corporate citizenship program that produced greater impact on the local community.

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Topics: Partnerships, Philanthropy, Engaging Employees, Impact Measurement, Strategy, Non-Profits, Tracking

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