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Learn how two companies have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by

At the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, volunteerism emerged as one of the major themes of discussion. To keep the conversation going, it also became the topic of our April webinar, titled “Innovations in Volunteering.”  This one hour webinar highlighted two companies that have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs at their companies and provided key takeaways. Read the rest of this entry »


2014 Conference closes with lessons on teams, teamwork, and decision making – and an invitation to Austin

Posted on March 26th, 2014 by

The final day of the 2014 Conference continued with the high energy of the day before as PlayWorks, Mattel’s NGO partner, engaged the audience and invited all attendees to partake in a lively group exercise to get people’s blood flowing and brain cylinders firing. Attendees sang, clapped, and sashayed around the ballroom in an exercise that helped them make new connections, all in a context of playfulness as critical for productivity and innovation. Read the rest of this entry »


Conference breakouts provide valuable learning opportunities

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by

Outside the rich discussions emerging from the general sessions, conference attendees and speakers alike were sharing, learning, and inspiring each other in the day’s many breakout sessions. Following are highlights from just a few of the sessions:

“Engaging All Employees: A Guide to an Inclusive Portfolio” featured corporate citizenship pros who have mastered the art and science of employee engagement. Mark Heintz, director of corporate responsibility at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Patty Pannkuk, vice president of team member philanthropy at Wells Fargo, Kate Rubin, vice president of social responsibility and president of UnitedHealth Foundation, and Nicole Stein, vice president of community responsibility at Umpqua Bank, spoke about what has worked for them to develop effective engagement efforts. Read the rest of this entry »


Day two of 2014 Conference delivers information and inspiration

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by

From driving change through employee engagement and deploying the workforce across the globe as mentors, to celebrating Usher’s life-changing youth empowerment initiative, the second day of the Boston College 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference delivered as promised with a solid lineup of moderated discussion and lively panel presentations. Read the rest of this entry »


Northwestern Mutual wins 2014 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Award

Posted on March 24th, 2014 by

Los Angeles, CA- March 24, 2014 – On Monday evening at the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, Northwestern Mutual was announced as the winner of Boston College’s 6th Annual Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.

Northwestern Mutual’s winning video, “The Domino Effect of Childhood Cancer,” was created to increase awareness about childhood cancer and the company’s commitment to the cause. In partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Program funds childhood cancer research and provides support to families fighting this disease. The “domino effect” addressed in the video looks at how a cancer diagnosis affects not only the patient, but family and friends as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Corporate citizenship leaders meet in Los Angeles to talk adaptable leadership in increasingly demanding business landscape

Posted on March 24th, 2014 by

The 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference kicked off at the Beverly Hilton with an opening reception hosted by Altria. The space was abuzz with excitement from first-time attendees and conference veterans alike who were looking to share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise. Networking commenced, connections were made, and rich conversation began in earnest among peers eager to talk corporate citizenship and today’s realities. Read the rest of this entry »


Center members empowering women

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by

March is the celebration of women’s history month. One of the more well-known aspects is the celebration of International Women’s Day. Occurring on March 8 each year, International Women’s Day is the celebration of the contributions that women past, present, and future have made and continue to make to the world. It celebrates the achievements of women politically, socially, and economically, while turning an eye to areas still needing improvement. With the 2015 deadline to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG) quickly approaching, this year’s theme of “Equality for women marks progress for all,” provides an opportunity to review both the challenges and the progress made towards achieving these goals thus far. Many of our member companies participated in this year’s festivities, and are committed to empowering women year round through their corporate citizenship programs. Here are a few examples:


The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program is a national competition and executive leadership program that selects high-potential female entrepreneurs from across North America for participation and support in the EY program to unlock the growth potential in their businesses. “Women-owned businesses have the potential to ignite our economy and become powerful engines of economic growth,” says Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Financial Services Office, and North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor at Ernst & Young LLP. The program has been highly successful thus far with participant companies growing about 50% each year on average.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the company hosted a Webcast from their New York offices entitled, “Playing to win: lessons from women athletes and leaders.” The live video broadcast featured top female executives and celebrated female athletes such as Donna de Varona and Summer Sanders, who shared lessons they’ve learned on the field and in the workplace.  Recognizing the link between sports and leadership, the webcast webpage states that four out of five executive women played sports growing up.


SAP takes a particular focus on supporting the expansion of women’ in the STEM workforce, hoping to close the gender gap and empower the career potential of women across the world. The company partners with a number of organizations that focus on inspiring young women to see the excitement and potential in pursuing STEM careers. Some examples of their partnerships include: the GIRLsmarts technology education program sponsored by the University of British Columbia, the “Girls Who Code” summer technology immersion program, and a partnership with TechGirlz this past January to host a TechShop event to teach female participants to create their own app as well as hear from senior leaders about their experience at SAP.


As part of their celebrations for International Women’s Day, Intel convened with UN Women and UN Missions of Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to discuss ways to meaningfully bridge the Internet gap for women worldwide. They discussed the Intel “She Will Connect” signature program, which seeks to expand digital literacy to 5 million women in Africa and reduce the gender gap by 50 percent.


Google regularly creates “doodles,” which are artistic video and art renditions of the Google logo. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Google created a doodle that celebrates women from around the world saying happy international women’s day in their native language. It features over 100 women of all ages and locations wishing well to fellow women. They also picked this month to announce that they have committed $1 million to 40 startup organizations focused on increasing women in the tech field.


BP put together “The Vital Voices at BP,” an interactive webpage highlighting women from all capacities of the company ranging from scientists, to engineers, to various aspects of business departments sharing what they have achieved in working at BP.

What is your company doing within your organization to empower woman? Please feel free to share your company’s story in our member community or comment below.


SAP Veterans to Work program equips veterans with the skills to succeed in today’s workforce

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by

SAP LogoAccording to a recent study by ManpowerGroup, the lack of skilled talent in the U.S. has made it difficult for employers to fill many jobs. This imbalance has created a job gap that many companies are developing strategies to address. SAP, a leading provider of enterprise software and services for managing accounting, distribution, human resources, manufacturing functions and technology, created its Veterans to Work program to leverage its expertise and create meaningful opportunities for U.S. veterans. Tyrone Webb Jr., Program Manager, Platform Solutions Group, shared some of SAP’s strategies for reaching veterans and engaging employees in the program. Read the rest of this entry »

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