Ready Response: Inspiring Stories, Virtual Volunteering, and More!


COVID-19 is disrupting business operations and ESG programs across the world. To support your efforts in this time of disruption, we’re rounding up relevant Center resources, news, company best practices, and research and gathering it in one place at Resource(ful).

Blog: Inspiring Stories that Explore New Perspectives

Our new issue of The Corporate Citizen features resilient companies that have adapted their corporate citizenship programs to address complex issues such as economic inequality, natural disasters, and COVID-19. READ MORE

Connect through the Center: BCCCC Member Meetups

Our live BCCCC Member Meetups are gathering hundreds of CSR professionals to share and learn. Register now for this week's remaining Zoom sessions. 

Virtual volunteering & employee support

Wednesday April 22; 12pm EDT | Share how you’re shifting to digital shared experiences: from online gatherings, to virtual volunteering, to innovative engagement, and hear how your peers are overcoming similar obstacles. LEARN MORE

Changing Your Grant Making Focus and Easing Grant Restrictions

Thursday April 23; 12pm EDT | No matter where you are in your process, we welcome you to join our grant-focused interactive Zoom meetings to troubleshoot, share your learnings, and engage with our dynamic member community. LEARN MORE

Infographic: Effective CSR is Not “One Size Fits All”

The State of Corporate Citizenship 2020–a longitudinal study conducted by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship—examines how executives view corporate citizenship and their firms’ performance in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business. The data suggest that executives understand that well-designed and effectively executed corporate citizenship both helps to accomplish business results and create social value. VIEW INFOGRAPHIC

Want to know more about how executives view corporate citizenship? Check out our State of Corporate Citizenship 2020 Report, available exclusively to members. Not a member? Visit our Become a Member page to learn more. 

Members in Action

Check out our ongoing list of how companies are responding to COVID-19.

Aramark announced its uniform services division will redeploy production lines in order to manufacture essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for those working in hospitals and in other critical roles across the United States. Aramark expects to produce millions of masks, scrubs, and isolation gowns. 

Green Shield Canada (GSC) is committing $500,000 to support communities across Canada impacted by the pandemic. This support includes: financial contributions to emergency relief funds launched by Community Foundations and other partners and in-kind support for innovative community efforts like the COVID-19 Community Response Coalition in Windsor-Essex, where GSC call center agents are helping to run an emergency food hotline.

Umpqua Bank has pledged $1 million in community support, and is expediting donations to several COVID-19 Response Funds focused on meeting the needs of low-income and culturally-diverse residents and workers across its footprint. The company is also making investments in nonprofit organizations providing micro loans and capital to small businesses; expanding eligibility for its Community Grants program; and increasing its associate match program from a 100% match to a 300% match for select nonprofits.

How is your company responding to COVID-19? Let us know by contacting us at

Relevant Regulations

Canada provides emergency wage subsidy

The goal of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is to prevent further job losses and to encourage employers to re-hire workers who were previously laid off due to COVID-19. READ MORE

$2.2 trillion CARES Act signed into law

In addition to unemployment benefits, the new law provides emergency grants and a forgivable loan program for companies with fewer than 500 employees. READ MORE

News You Can Use

Companies that are helping Americans fight COVID-19

While this list of 30 companies is by no means exhaustive, it emphasizes the diversity of industries becoming involved and the wide range of actions being taken. USA TODAY

Coronavirus vaccine? Two pharmaceutical giants collaborating to develop one

Two of the world's largest vaccine manufacturers, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, are joining forces to develop a new vaccine to prevent COVID-19. NPR