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The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship develops, curates, and distributes comprehensive research to provide insights and expertise to support your corporate citizenship decision making in our dynamic business landscape. From in-depth case studies of leading company CSR efforts to summaries of the latest news and regulations, we offer you the information necessary to help you drive progress in your business and communities.

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Corporate Citizenship

Corporate citizenship is how a company exercises its rights, obligations, privileges, and overall corporate responsibility within our local and global environments. The measurement and return on investment (ROI) of corporate responsibility and corporate citizenship is defined by how well companies responsibly manage not only their financial performance but also their environmental and social impact.

Value of Corporate Citizenship

Corporate citizenship delivers value when companies optimize their core competencies to address opportunities, goals, and operating context issues in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of business. Research reveals that strong corporate social and environmental performance is no longer simply a "nice to have" element of a company's overall strategy. In today's global economy, corporate responsibility is a business imperative.

Engaging Employees

Engaging employees is a best practice that results in keeping workplace productivity high and turnover rates low. Research makes a direct connection between effective efforts and retaining engaged and productive employees, so it's no surprise that engaging employees has emerged as a key performance indicator for corporate citizenship. High levels of employee engagement benefit companies by boosting reputation and recruiting new talent, and can serve as a tool to help corporate social responsibility professionals gain executive buy-in.

Impact Measurement

Impact measurement is establishing comprehensive tools and frameworks for measuring corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. By understanding how much social and business value you create and the means by which you create it, you can provide your company with a best-practice opportunity to demonstrate the value of its unique corporate citizenship efforts.

Community Involvement

Community Involvement includes in-kind and financial donations, employee volunteer days, or enduring partnerships that have the power to bring positive, measurable change to both your company and the communities in which you operate.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is increasing attention to global environmental concerns, providing the incentive for business to assess their environmental impact—such as the usage of natural resources and carbon footprint.

Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability reporting is the disclosure and communication of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals—as well as a company’s progress towards them. The benefits of sustainability reporting include improved corporate reputation, building consumer confidence, increased innovation, and even improvement of risk management.

Supply Chain Management

Sustainable supply chain management for corporate citizenship is defined as the opportunity for companies to address inefficiencies and risks as well as responsibly manage the quality of goods and services within their supply chain. It's a vital component of any company's platform, yet many CSR professionals in the field aren't sure where to begin.

Responsible Corporate Leadership

Responsible corporate leadership is an imperative for companies hoping to maximize both business and social returns from CSR initiatives—and it requires involvement from individuals at all levels of a company.

The Corporate Citizen Magazine

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The Corporate Citizen: Issue 21

CAREER AND LEARNING ISSUE: Learn how leading companies are learning from their previous corporate citizenship efforts to drive their future work.

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The Corporate Citizen: Issue 20

ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE: How leading companies are developing programs that respond to present needs and work toward creating the world in which we want to live.

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The Corporate Citizen, Issue 19

Companies are drawing from their ecosystems to invest in the health, vibrancy, and potential of our people and our planet.

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The Corporate Citizen, Issue 18

Companies that are collecting and using data to create innovative programs, address social and environmental issues, and measure and report on their progress.

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Research Reports

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State of Corporate Citizenship

The State of Corporate Citizenship is a research project of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship that examines how executives view corporate citizenship and their firms' performance in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business.

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Sustainability Technology Vendor Report

Today’s companies face substantial pressure from stakeholders to monitor and report on a variety of environmental metrics. The benefits are clear, as successfully managing a company’s environmental footprint can help reduce costs, improve image, and identify potential risks to operations.

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Diversity and Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is increasingly becoming a corporate citizenship and business imperative for all industries. This report finds that companies that work to attract diverse talent that is developed and supported through thoughtful inclusion efforts are rewarded with increased performance.

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Community Involvement Study

Conducted by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, this research project explores how companies are investing in corporate foundation giving and employee volunteering and how these community involvement efforts connect to overall business success.

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Briefs

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Research Briefs

Delivered twice monthly via email, Research Briefs is a digital summary of recent or seminal research from corporate practice and academic study, offering knowledge and tools you can apply directly to your work.

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Regulatory Radar

This monthly briefing on emerging regulatory issues keeps you apprised of the actions that may impact your corporate citizenship efforts. Each edition includes summaries of and links to the latest items we’ve added to our Resource Library.

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Media Monitor

CSR news you can use: Stay on top of important corporate citizenship issues with this curated weekly email newsletter available exclusively to members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

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Corporate Citizenship Infographics

View these visualizations of the latest CSR research reports from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Expand your learning in community involvement, diversity & inclusion, and more.

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