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Responsible Corporate Leadership


Responsible company leadership is an imperative for corporations hoping to maximize both business and social returns from CSR initiatives—and it requires involvement from individuals at all levels of a company and its corporate governance. Whether you are an associate starting your career or a seasoned executive, leadership skills are necessary for success. CSR leaders envision and direct others towards better environmental, social, and business outcomes. As an effective corporate citizen, you must use your own unique competencies to strengthen existing partnerships, build cross-company buy-in, and ultimately act as an advocate for the importance of corporate citizenship as an essential component of company operations.

With corporate citizenship becoming a recognized business imperative, transformational leadership ensures that CSR is well integrated into a company's identity and culture and that it's being recognized for driving business value. Why? Because successful company leaders know that the outcomes and enduring partnerships achieved through corporate citizenship strategy enable performance not only for measuring progress toward a specific CSR initiative, but also for broader business objectives. In an age where leadership and corporate social responsibility are inextricably linked, you—as a CSR professional—are uniquely positioned to ensure that corporate citizenship is a strategic and well-integrated component of your company's operations.

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is here to help you develop effective and ethical leadership skills. Below is a sample of the responsible company leadership examples and research we offer our members.

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Courses on Responsible Corporate Leadership

Corporate Citizenship Strategy Strategic planning is one of the most difficult but critical activities a citizenship professional can do to understand potential value and the steps he/she must take to reach it.

Corporate Citizenship Partnership Management Learn to create and strengthen nonprofit and business partnerships that achieve together CSR goals that neither partner could accomplish alone.

Stakeholder and Material Issues Management: Advanced Corporate Citizenship Strategy Explore tools to use in prioritizing stakeholder relationships, identifying material issues, and engaging stakeholders to collect valuable feedback that can help you to maximize business and social value.