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Colleen Olphert

Director, Membership and Member Services

Colleen leads the strategy and operations related to the recruitment and retention of member companies. Since joining the center in 2001 Colleen has had thousands of conversations with business professionals on the challenges and opportunities corporate citizenship presents to them. In her current role she uses her knowledge and experience to provide direction on content connected to member services. Prior to joining the Center, Colleen worked in the non-profit sector. She received her MBA and MSW from Boston College.

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Company’s blueprint for sustainability gets results—but couldn’t be achieved alone

Placing the utmost importance on transparency in ESG reporting, Dow is committed to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the SDGs.

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Health Equity Equals Stronger Communities

Blue Cross NC’s corporate citizenship efforts aim to address systemic racism head-on in collaboration with community organizations to address social determinants of health that cause health inequity.

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Introducing the NEW BCCCC Online Member Community

BCCCC is proud to launch our new online member community, where CSR professionals from across the globe can exchange ideas, ask questions, and network in a safe space. If your company is a BCCCC member, you'll want to check this out. If not, you'll want to join.

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Climate change advocacy across the organization

As the material risks of climate change become more evident—from extreme temperatures to weather events that cost billions of dollars in damage to lives and property—corporate commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are growing.

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion as smart business strategy

Over the past year, 70 percent of companies have rolled out new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments. A whopping 96 percent plan to extend talent strategies to build a more equitable workplace. Read what's working....

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Corporate culture is key to success on environment

One of the main drivers of success in sustainability is having a corporate culture—including the attitudes of employees, leaders, and other internal stakeholders—that supports and powers environmental, social, and governance initiatives.

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Major investments result in systemic change on racial equity

With more pressure than ever to prove the impact of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments, corporate citizenship teams are challenged to track outcomes over many small gifts or grants. Larger consolidated investments offer the advantage of centralized accountability with community partners.

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Disaster relief in the short and long term

Disaster preparedness is a long-term commitment that should be part of every company’s corporate citizenship strategy.

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How big companies can help diverse small businesses thrive

As diverse entrepreneurs were disproportionately affected by the recent economic downturn, Nielsen and Fiserv stepped in with critical resources.

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Starting a career in corporate social responsibility

Hoping to build a career in corporate social responsibility. Experts weigh in on the paths, skills, and networking that launched their CSR career success.

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Using the SDGs as a blueprint to build a better future

Learn about one company's robust social impact strategy rooted in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Commitment to inclusion across markets

How Nasdaq is using its influence as an exchange to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion among its own employees, communities, and the market at large.

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Virtual volunteering lessons learned

How one company successfully navigated its new virtual volunteering program and tracked results for employee engagement and loyalty.

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Workplace Giving Best Practices

Evidence shows offering workplace giving and matching gifts options can have a positive impact on employee attitudes toward their companies.

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Corporate Citizenship Responses to COVID-19

A regularly updated post on how Center members are stepping up to support responders, remove barriers to healthcare, and provide services and products to those who need them most.

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Women in STEM: empowering the next generation

On this International Women’s Day, we are spotlighting gender equality with the story of how one company is promoting women in STEM.

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Hometown heroes for food security

The Campbell Soup Foundation, the charitable arm of Campbell’s, has provided financial support to local champions that inspire positive change in communities throughout the U.S. where the company’s employees live and work

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Improving health and wellness in diverse communities

Committed to economic inclusion, Tufts Health Plan has spent $80-plus million with businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans, people with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Bold steps toward climate resiliency

TCFD-aligned reporting helped Verizon place its existing climate goals in a strategic context by connecting them to long-term business strategies.

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Feeding Families and Saving Lives

Dutch Bros Coffee has always maintained its promise to give back to its community, and one way it does that is through various fundraising drives held throughout the year.

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