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Research Reports


Profile of the Professionals

2018 RESEARCH NOW AVAILABLE | The Profile of the Professionals is a research project of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship that examines job satisfaction, professional development, motivations, and compensation of corporate citizenship professionals.


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.


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.


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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The Corporate Citizen Magazine


The Corporate Citizen: Issue 23

RESILIENCE, RESPONSIBILITY, RESULTS: In this issue of The Corporate Citizen, you’ll hear from companies that have cultivated resilience by taking a longer view in their corporate social responsibility strategies, by refusing to see impediments to progress as obstacles and viewing them rather as CSR challenges to be overcome, and by maintaining tenacious optimism about what is possible.


The Corporate Citizen: Issue 22

GOALS BEYOND "BETTER": As corporate citizenship professionals, when we're designing our vision for a more sustainable future—and developing the programs to achieve it—we need to move beyond "better," and really start to describe specific ESG goals that will deliver tangible, measurable progress toward that vision.


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.


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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On-Demand Webinars

GRI's Reporting 2025: A Look Ahead with Katherine V. Smith

VIDEO: Katherine Smith, the executive director at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, discusses upcoming trends in sustainability reporting, such as the challenge of addressing income inequality and the future use of natural resources.

STEM education: A corporate and community imperative

WEBINAR: Hear from companies about the case for STEM programs, how they measure success, and what the future holds for the STEM talent pipeline in this country.

RESILIENCE: Long-term sustainability for companies and communities

WEBINAR: Corporate citizenship can play a role in helping companies survive and thrive. Join us this month to hear from companies as they describe passing through disruptions, leading through change and changing contexts, and creating fail-safes to ensure the success of their business and community.

RESULTS: How corporate citizenship efforts can create measurable change

WEBINAR: JLL and Kimberly-Clarke discuss best practices for measuring and tracking activity to ensure that progress is being made on corporate citizenship and the business case for CSR is being communicated.

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Research Briefs


Retain employees by investing in internal CSR efforts

RESEARCH BRIEF - With the estimated costs of employee turnover estimated to be up to five times the annual salary of the employee, reducing turnover is a significant opportunity for many companies.


Large companies have a role to play in reducing income inequality

RESEARCH BRIEF - Established firms have the ability to affect the income inequality by offering their workforce more equal wage structures, and many are likely to do so in part to avoid employee backlash resulting from wage comparison. As employees tend to compare themselves to others in their organization, particularly those who have similar roles, on such issues as pay; perceived inequality can have negative consequences for an organization, similar to those of disengaged workers.


Hiring a Head of CSR? Women and experienced CSR professionals have a greater positive financial impact on performance

RESEARCH BRIEF - Researchers examined how CSR leadership appointments impact corporate financial performance—specifically return on assets (ROA), sales over total assets (SOA), and sales growth—and whether gender and/or CSR experience affects this relationship.


Gender diversity benchmarking may limit company success

RESEARCH BRIEF - Researchers sought to determine if companies are more likely to increase their gender diversity when they are subject to greater scrutiny—and whether those efforts met or exceeded the efforts of their peers.

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Regulatory Radar


Congress passes anti-sex trafficking bill

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 21, 2018, Congress passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill expands the existing criminal sex-trafficking law to rope in facilitation of trafficking by web sites.


Oregon passes prescription drug price law

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 12, 2018, Oregon signed the Drug Transparency Act into law, joining the growing number of states that have implemented laws requiring transparency of prescription drug price increases.


Canada proposes warning labels on unhealthy foods

REGULATORY RADAR - The government of Canada has proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to require front-of-package labeling for products that contain threshold levels of certain nutrients the Canadian government has flagged as being of public health concern, specifically sodium, saturated fats, and sugars. The proposed amendments will also change food-labeling regulations related to nutrient content claims and high-intensity sweeteners.


United States works to ban bump stocks

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 23, 2018, the Department of Justice proposed a rule change that would effectively ban bump stocks, a modification that makes semi-automatic guns fire automatically.

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