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Research Reports


Profile of the Professionals

2018 RESEARCH NOW AVAILABLE | The Profile of the Professionals is a research project of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship that examines job satisfaction, professional development, motivations, and compensation of corporate citizenship professionals.


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.


Diversity and Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is increasingly becoming a corporate citizenship and business imperative for all industries. This report finds that companies that work to attract diverse talent that is developed and supported through thoughtful inclusion efforts are rewarded with increased performance.


Community Involvement Study

Conducted by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, this research project explores how companies are investing in corporate foundation giving and employee volunteering and how these community involvement efforts connect to overall business success.

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The Corporate Citizen Magazine


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.


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.


The Corporate Citizen: Issue 21

CAREER AND LEARNING ISSUE: Learn how leading companies are learning from their previous corporate citizenship efforts to drive their future work.


The Corporate Citizen: Issue 20

ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE: How leading companies are developing programs that respond to present needs and work toward creating the world in which we want to live.

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On-Demand Webinars

GRI's Reporting 2025: A Look Ahead with Katherine V. Smith

VIDEO: Katherine Smith, the executive director at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, discusses upcoming trends in sustainability reporting, such as the challenge of addressing income inequality and the future use of natural resources.

STEM education: A corporate and community imperative

WEBINAR: Hear from companies about the case for STEM programs, how they measure success, and what the future holds for the STEM talent pipeline in this country.

RESILIENCE: Long-term sustainability for companies and communities

WEBINAR: Corporate citizenship can play a role in helping companies survive and thrive. Join us this month to hear from companies as they describe passing through disruptions, leading through change and changing contexts, and creating fail-safes to ensure the success of their business and community.

RESULTS: How corporate citizenship efforts can create measurable change

WEBINAR: JLL and Kimberly-Clarke discuss best practices for measuring and tracking activity to ensure that progress is being made on corporate citizenship and the business case for CSR is being communicated.

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Research Briefs


How CSR messages on social media drive consumer decision-making

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies, especially those who sell potentially controversial products, benefit from having a strong social media following and engaged followers. When a company has more followers and more positive comments on a corporate citizenship campaign, consumers perceive their message to be more legitimate and are more likely to buy their products.


Want to increase employee volunteerism? Communicate both professional and societal benefits

RESEARCH BRIEF - Employees are driven to participate in employee volunteer activities both for professional advancement/career advancement opportunities and for altruistic reasons. While those with previous volunteer experience are most motivated by societal benefits, those who value career advancement are more willing to accept circumstances such as temporary pay cuts.


Chief diversity officers: What makes a company more likely to have one?

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies are more likely to adopt a chief diversity officer (CDO) position if they have long-term oriented leadership, competitors with a CDO, are focused on innovation, and/or have a diverse employee base.


For successful behavior change campaigns, message early and often

RESEARCH BRIEF - Pro-environmental communications can be used to influence customer behavior, even when they say they do not recall having seen or been exposed to such communications. To make a long-term impact on customer behavior, companies should use ongoing and repeated environmental messaging.

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Regulatory Radar


Congress passes anti-sex trafficking bill

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 21, 2018, Congress passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill expands the existing criminal sex-trafficking law to rope in facilitation of trafficking by web sites.


Oregon passes prescription drug price law

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 12, 2018, Oregon signed the Drug Transparency Act into law, joining the growing number of states that have implemented laws requiring transparency of prescription drug price increases.


Canada proposes warning labels on unhealthy foods

REGULATORY RADAR - The government of Canada has proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to require front-of-package labeling for products that contain threshold levels of certain nutrients the Canadian government has flagged as being of public health concern, specifically sodium, saturated fats, and sugars. The proposed amendments will also change food-labeling regulations related to nutrient content claims and high-intensity sweeteners.


United States works to ban bump stocks

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 23, 2018, the Department of Justice proposed a rule change that would effectively ban bump stocks, a modification that makes semi-automatic guns fire automatically.

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