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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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How's your ESG data? Ensuring accuracy and new reports

Kyra Whitten, vice president, sustainability, and president, Flex Foundation, penned a blog post on the Flex website called Is your ESG data trustworthy? for its Building a sustainable business blog series.

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supporting teen mental health wellbeing

Supporting teen mental health and wellbeing

Cigna's Evernorth has published a study suggesting that mental health concerns are on the rise among teens, and the impact on parents and families is an unmet need employers could address. Approximately 80% of the 1,000 parents included in Cigna's survey said their children are struggling with their mental health...

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companies respond to war in ukraine

How Companies Are Responding to the War in Ukraine: A Roundup

A roundup of companies donating to Ukraine and/or responding to Russian invasion, including examples of companies offering humanitarian aid, matching gifts, pro bono services, and revised operations within Russia, and statements condemning the war. See examples and send us your own.

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celebrate csr achievements

Pause and Celebrate Your Achievements

Saskia Epstein, vice president, client and community relations, PNC Bank, is being honored by YW Boston in along with four other 2022 Academy of Women Achievers. The honors have been awarded since 1995 by YW Boston as part of its mission to promote and celebrate the achievements of women.

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Communications to amplify the work of stellar partners

Join us in celebrating some of the new CSR hires among our member companies, along with the week's latest corporate citizenship initiatives and job openings.

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New job opportunities for aspiring DEI directors

Exciting updates from Takeda, Target, and FedEx on the corporate citizenship front, plus several open roles for the position of Director of DEI...

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Brighter, bolder, better corporate citizenship

A roundup of BCCCC member companies and CSR executives in the news, along with inspiring quotes heard at #BCConf22 from several mainstage speakers. And updated list of open job opportunities in corporate citizenship is also included.

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sustainability professionals more engaged

Sustainability professionals will need to be more engaged

Morgan Stanley’s Cryptocurrency and Sustainability Research teams did a deep dive on the key ESG issues surrounding crypto. Researchers detailed what they found, saying, "While crypto can offer some societal benefits—such as financial inclusion and the ability to 'be your own bank'—there are also potential downsides...

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companies invest in green products

Companies invest in green products, renewable energy, and more

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. Plus, other news and job openings in CSR...

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CSR professionals take on new career opportunities

CSR executives take on new roles and new challenges in this week's roundup of corporate citizenship activity. See who's tackling the plastic waste crisis and who's winning awards for community engagement...

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diversity and inclusion metrics and accountability

Diversity and inclusion metrics, accountability for progress

This latest roundup highlights some promising data on the growth in the number of women and underrepresented employees hired globally.

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ESG report season

It's ESG Report Season | Updates from BCCCC Member Companies

A roundup of BCCCC members who are issuing annual ESG reports, along with other highlights from companies and executives in our CSR community

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sec proposed new rules

SEC proposes new rules for mandatory environmental disclosure

The SEC rules for mandatory climate-related disclosures (currently moving toward a 60-day review period) would require companies issuing securities in U.S. financial markets to include in their Form 10-K and other disclosures information including the following...

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working together for a better brighter future

Working together for a better, bolder, brighter future

BCCCC members featured prominently on the agenda at this week’s virtual International Corporate Citizenship Conference. Here's what they had to say, along with other CSR news.

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empowering women acriss the workforce

Empowering women across the workforce

A spotlight on companies recognizing Women's History Month and International Women's Day 2022, including efforts to support women entrepreneurs, women investors, and women across the workforce. This post also highlights a list of DEI executives, singled out by LinkedIn, as professionals "making strides in 2022."

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esg leaders take helm

New ESG leaders take helm to drive strategy

The latest ESG appointments, promotions, and noteworthy recognition happening within our corporate citizenship community. Plus a new batch of CSR job openings and member company news items.

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black history month stem leaders

Closing out Black History Month by recognizing leaders in STEM, energy, hospitality, and more

Highlights from BCCCC member companies and their employees, including different ways businesses are honoring Black History Month

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the future of corporate citizenship

The future of corporate citizenship: Better, bolder, brighter

The future of corporate citizenship: reporting on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors will be required for many, as raters and policymakers around the world plan to mandate corporate disclosure of climate-related and human rights risks...

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climate change as economic opportunity

Companies take on climate change as economic opportunity

Several BCCCC member companies based on Minnesota were featured in the Star Tribune for their efforts to tackle climate change as economic opportunity, citing a Deloitte Economic Institute report that inaction on climate change could cost the U.S. economy $14.5 trillion by 2070.

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diversity and inclusion requires communication

For diversity and inclusion, communication is key

New CSR jobs, members in the news, and more.

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