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Featured this week: Christine Skennion Hoisington, Booz Allen Hamilton; Tia Angadicheril, Priscilla Rios, Brisbane Vaillancourt, Shanice Curtis, Aramark; AvalonBay; CBRE; Crowe; Kyndryl; Lam Research; Loomis Sayles; Nestlé USA; Onsemi; Palo Alto Networks; Paylocity; Prudential; RGA Reinsurance Company; Tanger Outlets; Black Hills Energy; Old National Bank; Altria; CEMEX; Fannie Mae; FirstEnergy; New Balance; Nike; PNC Bank; TELUS; Gensler; AllianceBernstein; FedEx; Morgan Stanley
The member community convened by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is one of a kind. The 500+ companies we serve each year around the globe are leaders in environmental, social, and governance action, and the thousands of individuals who make up this network are some of the best in the field!

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WAR IN UKRAINE: We are updating the blog post How Companies Are Responding to the War in Ukraine: A Roundup with the latest responses from our member companies.

Here is how our members have been working to build better business and a better world:

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Christine Skennion Hoisington was promoted to principal at Booz Allen Hamilton and will serve as director, community impact and philanthropy while continuing to serve as executive director of the Booz Allen Foundation. "Many thanks to all my teammates, mentors, colleagues, and leaders at Booz Allen who’ve supported me on this journey as well as the nonprofit organizations we work with who inspire me every day," said Hoisington. "There’s so much important work still to do to drive social impact and I’m lucky to be surrounded and supported by such great partners in this work."

Aramark recognized the commitment and contributions of women in its workplace with the 2022 EMPOWER Awards. Aramark’s EMPOWER employee resource group (ERG) presented the 2022 Awards at its “Limitless – The Power of WE” virtual symposium in celebration of Women’s History Month. The awards were presented to:

  • EMPOWER Leadership Award: Tia Angadicheril (Senior Data Management Analyst, Corporate)
  • Workplace Impact Award: Priscilla Rios (National Brand Manager, Canada)
  • Workforce Ally Award: Brisbane Vaillancourt (Regional Vice President, Higher Education)
  • Marketplace Service Award: Shanice Curtis (Marketing Manager, Higher Education)

Member Job Postings

AvalonBay Communities
Arlington, VA
Diversity Recruiting Director

Corporate Responsibility Analyst

Various Locations
ESG Internal Audit Manager

Multiple Locations
Various CSR Roles

Lam Research Corporation
Oregon / Remote
Senior Manager, ESG

McPherson Strategies
Remote USA
Account Supervisor

North Wales, PA
Grants Operations, Senior Specialist

Phoenix, AZ / Remote
Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility

Palo Alto Networks
Santa Clara, CA
Social Impact Program Manager

Schaumburg, IL
Corporate Citizenship and ESG Specialist

Various Locations
Communications Director

Tanger Outlets
Fully Remote or Hybrid
Director, Energy & Sustainability

Member Companies in the News

COMPANIES TAKE ACTION ON UKRAINE: We are updating the blog post How Companies Are Responding to the War in Ukraine: A Roundup with the latest responses from our member companies. Here’s more of the latest member news:

Congratulations to members who released ESG reports:

·        Black Hills Energy recently shared its 2021 Community Impact Report, a summary including more than 36,000 hours of employee volunteering. "Providing safe, reliable energy is the core of Black Hills Energy’s day-to-day business, but it’s [our] employees who are making a lasting impact in the 824 communities we serve across eight states," said Linn Evans, President and CEO at Black Hills. "They are championing important causes, investing time to serve on community boards and volunteering thousands of hours each year. We are proud to share this summary of Black Hills Energy’s 2021 community impact."

·        Old National Bank has released its 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, which focuses on a wide range of topics, including governance and ethics; client service; team member engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; community engagement; and sustainability. The report also includes information on Old National’s transformational partnership with Chicago-based First Midwest Bank, which was finalized in February 2022, and features highlights on First Midwest’s 2021 CSR initiatives.

Here's more news from the BCCCC member network:

Altria announced it has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) that will address the emissions from 100% of Altria’s annual purchased electricity demand across all U.S. facilities. The VPPA is for energy produced by a new wind farm project in Haskell and Throckmorton Counties, Texas. The Inertia Wind Energy Center is expected to be operational by the end of 2022 with a total generation capacity of 301 megawatts.

CEMEX, as a member of the Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement 2 ("LEILAC 2") consortium, announced that the project had received funding to build an industrial-scale facility. CEMEX is playing a leading role in this innovative carbon capture project in Germany, capable of capturing 20% of its CO2 emissions at a very low cost. LEILAC 2 is a research and innovation project utilizing carbon capture technology to decarbonize cement production. This indirect calcination technology may be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources, significantly reducing the need for fossil fuels in the cement production process.

Fannie Mae introduced its Expanded Housing Choice initiative, which aims to make the rental housing market more inclusive and equitable by expanding the availability of multifamily units that accept housing choice vouchers. The program will be directed at Texas and North Carolina property owners who accept Housing Choice Vouchers. The vouchers help provide housing for very low-income families, seniors, historically underserved populations, and people with disabilities.

FirstEnergy introduced a new program to give new life to wooden utility poles no longer fit for use. Under the new Wood Pole Diversion Program, utility poles no longer in use by FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities will be redistributed to interested parties for direct reuse. Alternative uses for poles include fencing, parking bollards, guide rail posts, furniture, landscaping or treated wood construction.

New Balance announced that it will expand its product assortment under the Company’s green leaf standard to now include certain footwear, focusing on high-volume models. For footwear that meets New Balance’s green leaf standard, at least 50% of the materials in its upper are sourced as environmentally preferred, and at least one material in the midsole/outsole uses approximately 3% bio-based or 5% recycled content.

Nike has just released two sneakers that are composed of 50% recycled material by weight. The Nike Mercurial Vapor Next Nature and the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature are part of Nike’s latest efforts in designing performance footwear with the future of the planet in mind.

PNC Bank has launched a new Minority Business Development Group, intended to deliver products, solutions and resources focused on advancing the financial wellness of emerging minority businesses. Comprised of bankers and advocacy partners, the group will invest in and leverage innovative technology and financial solutions in order to empower, educate, and accelerate entrepreneurial success.

TELUS is partnering with Vector Institute to launch an Energy Optimization System that will help reduce operational costs and minimize electricity use in commercial buildings across Canada. This collaborative development optimizes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems across locations, allowing for energy-efficient temperature control. The project will be especially targeted toward data centers—40% of energy across TELUS network locations is directed toward cooling telecommunications equipment. 

Members on the Move

This week, we proudly welcome new member Gensler! Learn more about joining them, along with more than 10,000 professionals in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship member community: Member Benefits

Members from AllianceBernstein, FedEx, Morgan Stanley, and more registered this week to attend the IN-PERSON International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2022 taking place in Boston on April 24-25. You can join them to learn and network with hundreds of professionals in the CSR field: There’s still time to register.