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Katherine V. Smith

Executive Director

Katherine is executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Carroll School of Management, and part-time faculty in the Carroll School of Management. As executive director, she oversees all of the Center's activities and strategic ventures.

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21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Conversation

CSR leaders discuss the book: 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business.

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Ecosystems create value

What differentiates an ecosystem? If we look at the roots of the word, it can give us some clues.

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From survive to thrive: Maintaining resilience to succeed in the long term

A well-designed corporate citizenship program is the foundation to being able to weather adverse events.

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Leading change across sectors and sects

Our observations on how the six sects in The Economist’s recent Schumpeter column might be approached to garner support for corporate citizenship.

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The 2017 State of Corporate Citizenship released

The State of Corporate Citizenship 2017, now available to Center members, is a unique research report that examines how executives view corporate citizenship.

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The more things change...

Sustainability and social investment work is change management, which is difficult to effect. Your role: help people embrace change and sustainable progress.

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Companies Commit to Climate Progress

To build on the 2015 Paris Agreement, leaders recently gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco where they recommitted to a target-driven effort to limit climate change.

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Reflecting on the season of giving

As our calendar year comes to an end, it is a good time to assess your giving strategy and ensure sure it is designed to maximize both social and business value.

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Corporate Citizenship Career Path: Executive Forum

Selected Executive Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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2017 Conference: Corporate Citizenship Ecosystems

Being aware of your corporate citizenship ecosystem is critical. Ecosystems are the focus of our 2017 Conference taking place in Boston on March 26-28, 2017.

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Corporate Citizenship Career Path: Executive Forum

Selected Executive Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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The key to sustainable business

Corporate citizenship work is change management. The first step to managing change is imagining an alternative future. Ensure you take time to ask "What if...?"

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Corporate Citizenship Career Path

Selected Executive Forum members share their journeys to corporate citizenship leadership, as well as what they’ve learned along the way.

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Sustainability reports getting attention from investors and regulators

Recent reports show that regulators and investors have a heightened interest in sustainability reports, a positive step forward for the sustainable economy.

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Career and Learning in Corporate Citizenship

We provide professional development guidance to the full range of corporate citizenship business professionals— whether you’re beginning your educational journey, want to round out your skills, or are in need of course and career refresher.

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Reporting on meaningful change

To meet ambitious social and environmental targets like those outlined in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), progress must be tracked and evaluated by all the estates and actors of society.

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Demonstrate your value through strategic measurement

To ensure that your CSR programs receive the funding and attention they deserve, you must be able to demonstrate their return on investment through measurement.

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Corporate citizenship reporting advances ESG issues and your business

A corporate social responsibility report was once a nice to have; now approximately 93 percent of the Global 250 issue CSR reports.

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Understanding your material issues is essential to corporate citizenship success

Creating a CSR materiality assessment focused on opportunities for success and risks of negative outcomes is critically important.

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Activate your corporate citizenship network

Activate your corporate citizenship network to receive the ingredients for success—ideas and information, expertise, effort, and financial support.

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