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Corporate Social Responsibility Statements
Corporate citizenship or corporate social responsibility? Business ethics or transparency? Sustainable development or accountability? Which term is right?
Here at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, we define corporate citizenship as the business strategy that shapes the values underpinning a company’s mission and the choices made each day by its executives, managers and employees as they engage with society. We believe that four core principles define the essence of corporate citizenship, and that every company should apply them in a manner appropriate to its distinct needs: minimizing harm, maximizing benefit, being accountable and responsive to stakeholders, and supporting strong financial results.
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At ARAMARK, we create positive experiences and environments that enable people and organizations to thrive. Every day our 250,000 employees worldwide enrich lives through business and community activities.
We focus our energy on initiatives that support our diverse workforce; enhance and protect our environment; strengthen our communities; and advance consumer health and wellness. We seek to lead by example and continuously improve in those areas of our business that are under our direct control. We work with clients and suppliers to develop innovative product and service options that operationalize their corporate social responsibility objectives.
"Part of being a great company is being a responsible corporate citizen. At Baxter, we use the term “sustainability” to describe our long-term approach to balancing our business priorities with our social, economic and environmental responsibilities. These efforts align with and support the company’s higher purpose of saving and sustaining lives." - Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
For Campbell corporate social responsibility (CSR) encompasses the economic, environmental and social aspects of our business and our interactions with our stakeholders. Furthermore, our view of CSR is consistent with the United Nations/Brundtland Commission definition of sustainability: "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
A sustainable world needs sustainable business. Our challenge is to further increase our long-term competitiveness with minimal impact on people and the environment, while generating maximum value for our local and global stakeholders.
At Dow, we believe in the power of the Human Element to change the world. We place a high value on listening to our communities and strive not just to be a good neighbor, but a global corporate citizen. We understand that our promise is our most vital product and through authentic relationships we are building better, stronger, more sustainable communities in the places where we do business.
The Microsoft corporate citizenship mission is simple: to serve the public good through innovative technologies and partnerships and to deliver on our business responsibilities of growth and value to our customers, shareholders, and employees. This mission not only guides our work as a corporate citizen, but also provides a framework through which our business addresses new markets, technologies, and business models.
At Novo Nordisk, we refer to corporate sustainability as companies’ ability to sustain and develop their business in the long-term perspective, in harmony with society. This implies a more inclusive view of business and its role; one in which engagements with stakeholders are not just used to legitimize corporate decisions, but rather the foundation for how it conducts and grows its business. It is about innovation, opportunity and planning for the long term.
"Responsibility and accountability are issues we take very seriously at Sprint Nextel. Whether it’s a large corporate wide practice or an individual employee dealing directly with a single customer, we want to make sure that we are always behaving in an honest and ethical manner. In recent years, the idea of corporate social responsibility has quickly moved from a “nice to have” to an “ought to have” to today’s “absolutely must have.” A company is much more than the products and services it sells; the effect a company has on the people, communities and world around it goes to the very core of the way that company conducts business. As such, Sprint Nextel’s actions affect everyone our business touches – our shareholders, our vendors, our customers and certainly our 60,000 employees." -Gary Forsee, Chairman and CEO
As we deliver across the globe, we’re not just transporting packages. UPS creates a connection of people and communities. This connection results in trust and collaboration, performance and accountability, and careful, attentive service to our customers. It starts with attracting and retaining a skilled, motivated and safety-conscious workforce and extends to a global community engagement strategy that includes grants, charitable donations and employee volunteerism.
"Corporate responsibility starts with a belief that what you do is important to society. This belief is at the heart of our company. Over the course of its more than 125-year history, the communications industry has played a unique and positive role in driving our economy and creating the bonds that connect our customers to people, ideas and opportunities." -Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman & CEO
At Whirlpool we strongly believe in the principles of Corporate Responsibility - of achieving success in ways that honor ethical values and respect people, communities and the natural environment. Equal to protecting the health and safety of our employees, we consider environmental stewardship among our most important business responsibilities. This belief is only reinforced as our operations extend to virtually every corner of the globe.
Actions to protect our employees and preserve the environment for those who follow are based on more than a moral impulse; initiatives such as these help ensure the short-and long-term viability of our company. Working in harmony with the environment and supporting those in our communities that need support provides our stakeholders with a real sense of Whirlpool's values. We operate globally in ways that honor our values and respect the people, communities, and natural environment in which we work and live. With over 90 years of operating businesses in community settings, Whirlpool knows the importance of backing words with responsible actions that support our stakeholders.