by Bradley K. Googins, Ph.D., Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Just when I begin to think that I am getting a solid handle on corporate citizenship I have some new experience and gain fresh perspective that humbly reminds me we are still looking at citizenship through a glass darkly.
Last week I spent four days in Kingston, Jamaica, working as a volunteer at a group of centers that serve as home for society’s castaways. One center houses a group of 40 severely retarded and disfigured children abandoned at birth. In another live a group of men dying of AIDS and in yet another, a group of older men covered with bed sores who will spend their final days without any family to comfort them. Tough to take, but real in a city where within a two-block area of these centers some 15 people were killed in gunfights during the past month.
In the midst of this gritty environment I reflected on the vast disconnect this has with my life in corporate citizenship. Much of what I – and most who toil in the corporate citizenship arena – do is search for new strategic approaches and new “sustainabilities.” This is a world of strategy and leverage, usually conducted in company headquarters typically located in a community considerably upstream in terms of education, safety, health and job readiness. Read the rest of this entry »