Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

The business case for youth mentoring

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Sep 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the United States, approximately 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are disconnected from school and work, and many are not getting the support they need to drive greater engagement. One in three young people— nearly 16 million— will reach the age of 19 without having ever had a mentor in their life of any kind. These rates are even higher for at-risk youth, who experience higher rates of poverty, limited networks, and under-resourced schools.[1] Research shows that even one positive, consistent, caring, relationship with an adult can offset nearly every risk factor in a young person’s life and improve their chances of success.

Today, companies of all sizes are recognizing the role they can play in filling this “mentorship gap” and have simultaneously discovered that they can use mentorship programs to realize both business and corporate responsibility goals. According to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s most recent Community Involvement Study, companies consistently rank youth programs as one of the most important social issues addressed through their community involvement efforts (See Figure A).

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Topics: Management, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Business Case, Youth, Return on Investment (ROI)

Demonstrate your value through strategic measurement

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Jun 1, 2016 10:15:46 AM

“I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.”—Bill Gates

When done right, corporate citizenship is a serious investment of money, resources, and time. To ensure that your CSR programs continue to receive the funding and attention they deserve, you must be able to demonstrate—to your leaders, your partners, and broader stakeholders—the return on that investment, or the ROI. What do your efforts offer the business? How do they advance the missions of your nonprofit partners? How are they benefiting your employees, customers, and shareholders? 

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Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Impact Measurement, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Align, Return on Investment (ROI), Logic Model

Driving Engagement and Business Performance: The Role of Employee Volunteering Programs

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Sep 9, 2015 3:57:20 PM

The following is excerpted from the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you develop and implement employee volunteer programs to drive employee engagement, consider joining us at one of our professional development courses.

Employee VolunteeringBy thoughtfully developing and implementing initiatives like employee volunteer programs, corporate citizenship practitioners can benefit society and their business at the same time. The key is getting employees engaged.

The Center’s Community Involvement survey finds that more than 90 percent of companies list improved employee engagement among the top three benefits of an employee volunteer program.

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Topics: Engaging Employees, Strategy, Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), Return on Investment (ROI)

How does good corporate citizenship help companies do well?

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Dec 30, 2014 8:46:00 AM

Corporate citizenship professionals know that their work yields both business and social value and recent research conducted at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship shows that executives see investments in environmental and social programs as valuable, too.

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Topics: Value of Corporate Citizenship, Executive, Return on Investment (ROI), Impact

The genius of corporate citizenship

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 3, 2014 4:06:00 PM
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At the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we have been busy finishing the analysis of our 6th biennial study of executive perspectives about corporate citizenship. The 2014 State of Corporate Citizenship is a snapshot of how executives in large companies think about their companies’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments.

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Topics: Value of Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, Integration, Executive, Return on Investment (ROI)

Discover solutions for your toughest corporate citizenship challenges

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Feb 20, 2014 5:31:38 AM

When people register for the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, we ask them to share their greatest challenges in corporate citizenship. Once we gather that information we then plan the conference breakout sessions with these needs in mind. The panelists and practitioners leading these sessions will share their knowledge and experience to address your challenges. Here are just a few examples of what to expect:

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Supply Chain, Engaging Employees, Strategy, Global, Return on Investment (ROI)

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