As companies engage with corporate citizenship, internal policies and programs present an excellent opportunity to address important focus areas such as employee retention. Legg Mason, a global asset management firm, supports employee retention through the Global Mentor Program, an internal mentorship initiative. By matching high-performing employees with experienced members in leadership roles, the program aims to expand the networking skills, leadership training, and company exposure of promising staff members. Legg Mason views the Global Mentor Program as a critical investment in leadership and talent development, having successfully mentored approximately 140 employees since the program’s inception.
Our conference this year was kicked off by a great speech by FedEx executive Raj Subramaniam. In the opening minutes of his remarks Subramaniam noted that, “Adaptable leadership is leadership. Change is no longer what happens to any business eventually. It is what happens to every business constantly.”
Outside the rich discussions emerging from the general sessions, conference attendees and speakers alike were sharing, learning, and inspiring each other in the day’s many breakout sessions. Following are highlights from just a few of the sessions:
“Engaging All Employees: A Guide to an Inclusive Portfolio” featured corporate citizenship pros who have mastered the art and science of employee engagement. Mark Heintz, director of corporate responsibility at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Patty Pannkuk, vice president of team member philanthropy at Wells Fargo, Kate Rubin, vice president of social responsibility and president of UnitedHealth Foundation, and Nicole Stein, vice president of community responsibility at Umpqua Bank, spoke about what has worked for them to develop effective engagement efforts.
The 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference kicked off at the Beverly Hilton with an opening reception hosted by Altria. The space was abuzz with excitement from first-time attendees and conference veterans alike who were looking to share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise. Networking commenced, connections were made, and rich conversation began in earnest among peers eager to talk corporate citizenship and today’s realities.
As we start 2014, we have taken some time to reflect on the work of the last year and where we see the field headed. The Center has had the privilege to work with companies in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa this year and our membership reflects this diversity. While the individual issues being addressed by companies may differ across global regions, the questions are essentially the same at their core:
Are we helping to create the type of world we want to do business in?
Even more importantly, are we helping to create the kind of world we want to live in?
Today, most business leaders recognize the importance and value of adopting a formal sustainability platform. According to the Value of sustainability reporting, in addition to the cost savings, effective sustainability practices improve operational efficiencies and natural resource stewardship. However, one of the main challenges is ensuring employees and team leaders incorporate sustainability in their day-to-day decisions in the workplace.
The Boston College 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference is your chance to learn from and interact with some of the top corporate citizenship practitioners from around the world. This year’s conference will take place in Los Angeles, California on March 23-25.
We promise to bring you a conference packed with general sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops that will provide insights, proven success stories, and practical takeaways. The only hard part will be choosing which sessions to attend!
Thanks to our many sponsors and the more than 650 professionals who joined us in Boston, the 2013 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was a terrific success. For 2-1/2 days we convened to learn, network, and share challenges and successes, and to examine the many ways that companies are Designing Opportunity for business and society. Closing keynote Seth Godin noted that new opportunities don’t come without a willingness to take risks because “If you say failure is not an option, then neither is success.”
Our keynote speakers each addressed how their firms approached the design process.