Corporate Citizenship Blog

The many benefits of membership to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jun 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was established with a clear and simple goal: to serve corporate citizenship professionals seeking information and insights that will help their companies achieve maximum business and social value from environmental, social, and governance investments. 

To achieve that mission, we help our members stay abreast not only of the guidelines, innovations, challenges, and opportunities affecting the profession, but also of the many internal and external pressures that are driving progress in their companies. We work continually to develop information assets and executive education opportunities to support corporate citizenship professionals on their journeys.

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Topics: Membership

ArcelorMittal invests in building a cleaner future

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Feb 17, 2016 6:47:30 AM

ArcelorMittal’s commitment to carbon reduction efforts were on display during the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, where they served as the event’s carbon offset sponsor. 

In order to address the world’s most pressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, companies must continually search out and implement new ways to address their impacts and invest in sustainable solutions for today and for the future.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Environmental Sustainability

Integrating corporate citizenship across the value chain

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Aug 11, 2015 11:30:00 AM


The following member spotlight is excerpted from the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can focus resources and attention on the issues most important to your company’s stakeholders and business context, consider joining us in Providence, RI on April 5 for our CDP Reporting: Disclosing Environmental Impacts course.

Today, consumers are likely to hold firms responsible for the impacts of their products, regardless of where within the value chain the impact occurs. That’s why many companies are taking steps now to ensure that their corporate citizenship objectives are shared by their suppliers and business partners.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Sustainability, Supply Chain

Encouraging Employee Engagement Across the Spectrum

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Nov 4, 2014 4:10:18 PM


Encouraging Engagement across the SpectrumEarlier this month I was in Denver with the Center’s Community Involvement Roundtable. As always, it was a dynamic two days filled with animated discussion, shared challenges, and best practices. Much of our focus for this recent meeting was engaging employees across the professional spectrum, from new hires to pre–retirees, though the conversation extended to retirees as well. This focus on employee engagement is not surprising, as the majority of executives surveyed in the Center’s forthcoming 2014 State of Corporate Citizenship study reported that recruiting and retaining employees are important business goals that are aided by the contribution of corporate citizenship.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Community Involvement, Employee Engagement

NetSuite Donates Time and Talent to Help Nonprofits Succeed

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Oct 10, 2014 2:24:00 PM

netsuite.org-3cHere at the Center, we see countless examples of companies doing good work in their communities, with their employees, and for the environment. Any effort that delivers both business and social value is worthwhile, but it’s especially exciting when companies use their unique skill sets to create positive change.
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership

Adidas goes ‘all in’ to embrace sustainability

Posted by Olivia Simone on Sep 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM

CBZ95.adidas14.Brand_Logo_BWpAccording to a 2011 MIT Sloan School of Management study, 67 percent of global executives say that sustainability strategies are necessary to be competitive. As a global leader in the sporting goods industry, the adidas Group recently redesigned its sustainability journey into a “4Ps” model emphasizing people, product, planet, and partnership. Now, as part of its mature chemical management program, the company will screen and manage chemical input at the supplier level through a recent partnership with bluesign technologies, a company dedicated to sustainable movement within textile industries.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Environment, Membership, CSR, Sustainability

Go big or go home: Inside HMH’s latest initiative

Posted by Olivia Simone on Aug 25, 2014 3:29:00 PM

houghton-mifflin-harcourt-logoAs a global education company and one of the world’s leading providers of pre-K-12 education content and services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has an extended tradition of fostering education through partnerships with local organizations. At the heart of each initiative is the company’s mission – to change people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Executive Education

Boston Scientific tackles widespread disparities in healthcare with its Close the Gap program

Posted by Susie Moore on Aug 12, 2014 6:00:12 AM

Bs-furtherIn America, heart disease [1] is the #1 killer, taking more lives each year than all cancers combined. And although diseaseprevalence is similar across genders and ethnicities, awareness of risk factors and disparity in treatment rates are not. Close the Gap, a Boston Scientific educational initiative, was established in 2006 to address disparities in cardiovascular care for the underserved patient populations of women, African Americans, and Hispanic/Latino Americans. Initially focused solely on cardiovascular health, Close the Gap recently expanded its mission to address healthcare disparities that exist in other disease states, including asthma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.[2-5]

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Partnerships, Community Involvement

Synopsys Shares program offers freedom and flexibility to drive employee engagement in local communities

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Jul 29, 2014 6:02:08 AM

CS2696_SynopsysSharesLogoV_OSynopsys Inc., a leading innovator in the global electronics market, empowers employees to organize and participate in volunteer projects that match their individual interests and giving priorities. Through its Synopsys Shares program, the company maximizes its positive societal impact while supporting the diverse passions of its employees by granting them the flexibility to choose activities that closely align with their values and the needs of the local community. Megan McDow, community affairs manager, answered a few questions about the program.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Community Involvement, Employee Engagement

Building better leaders for a more sustainable future

Posted by Susan Thomas on Jul 21, 2014 5:39:54 AM

Corporate citizenship can advance only when efforts are guided by informed and dedicated leaders—and leadership happens not just at the top of organizations, but from every seat.

That’s why, every year, corporate citizenship professionals from around the world come to the Center’s Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy, an intensive trimester-long program that aims to strengthen leaders so that they can more effectively engage and influence their colleagues, improve organizational alignment, and broaden support, ultimately increasing long-term business and social value for their companies.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, CSR

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