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Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to how a company exercises its rights, responsibilities, obligations, and privileges within our local and global societies. We measure CSR (also known as corporate citizenship) by how well companies manage not only their financial performance, but also their environmental and social impacts and opportunities. Whether we call it CSR, Corporate Responsibility, or ESG, great corporate citizenship goes beyond a focus on addressing surface-level sustainability efforts or corporate philanthropy. Today’s leading responsible corporations draw on the collective impact of a variety of initiatives that address an array of trends and emerging issues.
What is their secret to making the greatest impact? They select the issues the can be met most directly by their unique resources. By addressing those issues that are most material to your company and industry, you can work with colleagues across your company to develop corporate citizenship programs through which value is shared by shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders—delivering both meaningful social value and a strong financial bottom line. As CSR professionals, we create, execute, and communicate initiatives that address many of the world’s most pressing challenges—issues that affect company operating contexts. The underlying goal of corporate citizenship remains clear: Create a better world in which to do business, and a better world in which to live.
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is here to help. Here is a sample of what we offer our members.
Resources and Research on Corporate Citizenship
Corporate Citizenship Strategy
Do you ever feel that your citizenship department is a collection of activities without a unifying thread or grand plan? Are you starting with a blank slate and want to plan for success? 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 will take to reach it. Corporate citizenship professionals are increasingly responsible for developing a strategy to address the environmental, social, and governance aspects of business. To gain the support of senior leaders and create the most impactful programs, you need to use the models that CEOs use to determine the company’s corporate strategy, the tools for identifying opportunities to align with corporate strategic goals, and the frameworks for evaluating your company’s ability to support those goals.
When: September 13-15, 2017
Where: Chicago, IL