In Good Company: Alcoa Foundation: Providing today’s youth with the skills to prepare them for tomorrow
With employees in 30 countries across the world, Alcoa is truly a global company. Given the extent of its reach, Alcoa Foundation, the charitable arm of Alcoa, designs its community giving platform with this global audience in mind, developing scalable programs in partnership with select nonprofit organizations. In September 2013, Alcoa Foundation announced a global initiative for unemployed youth in ten Alcoa communities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Jamaica, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. Through the Internships for Unemployed Youth Program, participating youth will receive the education and training necessary to pursue a career in manufacturing. Suzanne van de Raadt, Global Communications Manager, Alcoa Foundation, provided some insight into the history of the program and the tools Alcoa has used to manage its execution across geographies. (more…)
Posted on November 4th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
The Center for Corporate Citizenship has partnered with GivingTuesday.org (#GivingTuesday), a non-profit organization that aims to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the holiday season. Through a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of personal and corporate philanthropy and inspires people to bring attention to the season of giving. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
“Recalculating.” How many times have you groaned when you heard that word coming from your GPS because you thought you knew the route and the GPS was sending you a different way, or because it meant you had missed a turn and now had to reroute.
But often this recalculation is a positive. The alert to “recalculate” means it’s time to choose a different path. This new path will show you new routes you might otherwise have missed, or reintroduce you to routes you’ve already encountered. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 11th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
September 11 is a day that has been imprinted on our collective memory. Every adult can remember where they were when the attacks on America happened, and the events of that day have changed our lives forever. As the nation and world mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, there are several organizations that provide opportunities for you to join others as they honor those who fell and who served our country by engaging in volunteerism the week of September 11th. There are opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to serve in their communities in remembering those lost and affected by the events of September 11th.
If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference or commemorate September 11th here are just a few ways our members are doing so this week and beyond: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 20th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
“There are those who see, those who see when shown, and those who cannot see.”
Much like DaVinci, professionals working in corporate citizenship must be able to see well beyond the possibilities in plain sight today. It is that kind of vision that inspired our 2013 International Corporate Citizenship Conference theme of Designing Opportunity. Leading companies today envision how their corporate citizenship efforts could benefit the business and society in exciting new ways just as DaVinci created so many things for a new world.
Vision for what is possible will fuel the continued evolution of corporate citizenship and its further integration in business. Moving corporate citizenship to the core of how business is conducted will allow companies to generate innovations that provide solutions to social problems that align with firm capabilities and values.
To fully leverage these opportunities requires hard work. The work is not only in the design phase, it is in the execution also. Getting those “who need to be shown” on board and compelling those “who cannot see” requires strategy, finesse, optimism, and unflagging persistence – attributes and skills that are reinforced and advanced in our professional community. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 7th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
A group of studies examined in our recent Research Briefs show that stakeholder engagement delivers multiple benefits to business. Positive stakeholder engagements are shown to have a positive effect not only on those directly engaged but also on other groups of stakeholders who observe the engagement.
This research aligns with findings from prior studies, which suggest that expectations of firms among stakeholders in their home communities extend to their global operations. Regardless of the expectations of stakeholders abroad, stakeholders at home expect companies to treat all of their arenas of operation with consistent care – and they will punish companies who do not meet their expectations. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 10th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Recent research by the Center and others continues to show that support from the top of a firm is essential to the success of your corporate citizenship programs. Securing buy-in from senior executives goes a long way toward integrating corporate citizenship across an organization and demonstrating how it can align with business strategy.
In our most recent signature research report, Profile of the Professionals 2013, survey respondents at middle- and senior-level positions cite a lack of top management buy-in among the greatest challenges they face when trying to implement corporate citizenship programs. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 30th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
The sustainability community gathered in Amsterdam last week for the GRI global conference and the rollout of the G4 version of the reporting framework. Notable sustainability thinkers from around the world convened. Among those represented, members of ISO, IIRC, CDP, OECD, and many other international NGOs and policy organizations came together to debate the future of sustainable business and to discuss the implications of the latest evolution of reporting. While the debates made clear that we have a lot more work to do to get international agreement on how to Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Thanks to our many sponsors and the more than 650 professionals who joined us in Boston, the 2013 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was a terrific success. For 2-1/2 days we convened to learn, network, and share challenges and successes, and to examine the many ways that companies are Designing Opportunity for business and society. Closing keynote Seth Godin noted that new opportunities don’t come without a willingness to take risks because “If you say failure is not an option, then neither is success.”
Our keynote speakers each addressed how their firms approached the design process. Read the rest of this entry »