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Corporate Citizenship

Corporate citizenship is how a company exercises its rights, obligations, privileges, and overall corporate responsibility within our local and global environments. The measurement and return on investment (ROI) of corporate responsibility and corporate citizenship is defined by how well companies responsibly manage not only their financial performance but also their environmental and social impact.

Value of Corporate Citizenship

Corporate citizenship delivers value when companies optimize their core competencies to address opportunities, goals, and operating context issues in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of business. Research reveals that corporate responsibility is a business imperative in today's global economy.

Engaging Employees

Engaging employees is a best practice that results in keeping workplace productivity high and turnover rates low. Research makes a direct connection between effective efforts and retaining engaged and productive employees, so it's no surprise that engaging employees has emerged as a key performance indicator for corporate citizenship. High levels of employee engagement benefit companies by boosting reputation and recruiting new talent, and can serve as a tool to help corporate social responsibility professionals gain executive buy-in.

Impact Measurement

Impact measurement is establishing comprehensive tools and frameworks for measuring corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. By understanding how much social and business value you create and the means by which you create it, you can provide your company with a best-practice opportunity to demonstrate the value of its unique corporate citizenship efforts.

Community Involvement

Community Involvement includes in-kind and financial donations, employee volunteer days, or enduring partnerships that have the power to bring positive, measurable change to both your company and the communities in which you operate.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is increasing attention to global environmental concerns, providing the incentive for business to assess their environmental impact—such as the usage of natural resources and carbon footprint.

Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability reporting is the disclosure and communication of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals—as well as a company’s progress towards them. The benefits of sustainability reporting include improved corporate reputation, building consumer confidence, increased innovation, and even improvement of risk management.

Supply Chain Management

Sustainable supply chain management for corporate citizenship is defined as the opportunity for companies to address inefficiencies and risks as well as responsibly manage the quality of goods and services within their supply chain. It's a vital component of any company's platform, yet many CSR professionals in the field aren't sure where to begin.

Responsible Corporate Leadership

Responsible corporate leadership is an imperative for companies hoping to maximize both business and social returns from CSR initiatives—and it requires involvement from individuals at all levels of a company.

The Corporate Citizen Magazine

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The Corporate Citizen: Issue 25

CAREER AND LEARNING ISSUE 2018: Hear leadership perspectives from CSR professionals who understand that that our future prosperity and sustainability depend on continuous learning.

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The Corporate Citizen: Issue 24

SCAN, ANALYZE, EXPERIMENT, EVOLVE: Hear from companies who have scanned their horizons, analyzed their circumstances, experimented with their programs, and evolved into corporate citizenship leaders.

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The Corporate Citizen: Issue 23

RESILIENCE, RESPONSIBILITY, RESULTS: In this issue of The Corporate Citizen, you’ll hear from companies that have cultivated resilience by taking a longer view in their corporate social responsibility strategies, by refusing to see impediments to progress as obstacles and viewing them rather as CSR challenges to be overcome, and by maintaining tenacious optimism about what is possible.

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The Corporate Citizen: Issue 22

GOALS BEYOND "BETTER": As corporate citizenship professionals, when we're designing our vision for a more sustainable future—and developing the programs to achieve it—we need to move beyond "better," and really start to describe specific ESG goals that will deliver tangible, measurable progress toward that vision.

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Research Reports

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Profile of the Professionals

The Profile of the Professionals is a research project of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship that examines the roles,responsibilities, development, and compensation of those practicing corporate citizenship.

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State of Corporate Citizenship

The State of Corporate Citizenship is a research project of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship that examines how executives view corporate citizenship and their firms' performance in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business.

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Trends in Sustainable Business

This report offers tactics, tools, and best practices for integrating environmental sustainability throughout your operations, from strategy development, to reporting, to event planning.

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Community Involvement Technology Vendor Report

This report is intended as a starting point for anyone selecting and managing technology solutions for employee giving, volunteering, and grant making programs.

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Briefs

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Research Briefs

Delivered twice monthly via email, Research Briefs is a digital summary of recent or seminal research from corporate practice and academic study, offering knowledge and tools you can apply directly to your work.

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Regulatory Radar

This monthly briefing on emerging regulatory issues keeps you apprised of the actions that may impact your corporate citizenship efforts. Each edition includes summaries of and links to the latest items we’ve added to our Resource Library.

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Media Monitor

CSR news you can use: Stay on top of important corporate citizenship issues with this curated weekly email newsletter available exclusively to members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

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Corporate Citizenship Infographics

View these visualizations of the latest CSR research reports from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Expand your learning in community involvement, diversity & inclusion, and more.

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