Businesses engage in their local or international community by donating a portion of their profits or resources to non-profit organizations or community stakeholders. Learn more about philanthropy projects by visiting the Business for Good map.
BCLC just launched the nomination and application cycle for its 2013 Citizens Awards. These are important awards for the field; companies, local Chambers, and NGO partners are well served to go through the submission process.
If your hometown is the seat of a corporation’s headquarters, I bet you are mildly happy about it. You probably know that the headquarters means jobs. Maybe the corporation even named a local stadium. For most people though, that’s probably the extent of your thought on the subject. But have you ever stopped to think that the members of that corporation might consider it their hometown too? And just like you, they want their hometown to thrive. Want proof? Based on our current sample of 1,243 initiatives catalogued by our Business for Good Project, 12% of projects were conducted with
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today announced the creation of Corporate Citizenship Month and called on companies of all sizes to take pride in their societal work by applying for the Corporate Citizenship Awards. The annual awards – available in four different categories – seek to recognize companies that innovate to solve problems and that engage proactively to create positive impacts on society.
We’re thrilled to bring you an unprecedented opportunity to hear from some of the best minds in corporate citizenship – all at one time, all one on stage. On Wednesday, the final day of our National Conference in Atlanta, BCLC is staging a session called “The Future of CSR: For Good or For Profit?”
Do “good” and “profit” have to be mutually exclusive, you ask? Well, that’s debatable.
January tends to inspire the best in people. The ringing in of the New Year coupled with the toll December took on our belt loops and wallets seems to motivate people to embrace this time as a new beginning. For me, January often results in my recommitment to eating healthy, getting my finances back under control, and dusting off my running shoes. Just making a few changes in my daily life can have huge impacts on my overall health and wellness—making 2012 my best year yet.
Last week, Huffington Post published an interview with Stanley Litow, President of the IBM Foundation. The piece, “IBM: Tapping Top Talent, For Good,“ showcases how the employees at IBM have established a culture of service and volunteerism, something IBM institutionalized through their Corporate Service Corps.
It’s now a year since Michael Porter famously threw down his gauntlet by announcing from on high that all value needed to be Shared Value. That, as I wrote last year, we are moving into the Third Age of corporate-social relations. From old-style “philanthropy” – typically disbursed after corporate titans had made their pile -- to “corporate social responsibility”; from fairtrade to subtler alignments of brand and charitable effort; to something approaching the end of CSR and its sublimation into a revolutionary reshaping of mainstream business strategy.
[Reprinted with permission from the TriadBusiness Journal, In the Boardroom section, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011]
Americans expect businesses to be socially responsible. And because corporate philanthropy is especially apparent at this time of year, your business could be noticed if it wasn’t involved with some type of charitable work. However, a dilemma arises when you look around and believe your philanthropic efforts are lost in the sea of corporate generosity. So, how can you distinguish your philanthropy program?