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BCLC’s Jordan Testifies Before Senate (Photo)

Posted by Catherine Keller on Thu, 2010-03-04 14:00

BCLC’s founder and executive director Stephen Jordan today appeared as an expert witness before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ hearing, “The Next Big Disaster: Is the Private Sector Prepared?”

Called by the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration, the hearing addressed how to improve private sector integration in preparedness activities at all levels of government. Jordan was joined on the witness panel by Jack Harrald, Ph.D., National Academy of Science and Stephen Flynn, Ph.D., Center for National Policy. 

The testimonies of all three witnesses, as well as a video of the hearing, can be downloaded from the Senate website. Also, check out the Flickr album of the hearing posted on the Center for National Policy website.

CSR and Competitiveness (2 of 4): Education

Posted by Catherine Keller on Wed, 2010-03-03 21:26

Our first post on CSR and competitiveness highlighted commentary by Waste Management's Nancy Nalence, who addressed environment and energy issues. In this post, Buzzy Thibodeaux and Rick Franke of Junior Achievement discuss how corporate education partnerships are helping create globally competitive students, businesses, and future employees.

[Editor's note: Leading companies and partner organizations will address this topic -- and other competitiveness topics such as the environment, health and wellness, and jobs -- at BCLC's conference, Provide and Prosper: Corporate Citizenship and Competitiveness in the 21st Century.]

Astute business leaders recognize the priceless advantage of experience.

As the nation's leader in economic and free enterprise education, Junior Achievement also recognizes the value of experience and has applied this approach when inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Nearly 175,000 passionate volunteers from across our country share their experiences and bring business life for JA students, adding a powerful dimension of relevance and experience to the core programmatic themes of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship education, and financial literacy. Currently,...

CSR and Competitiveness (4 of 4): Jobs Creation

Posted by Catherine Keller on Wed, 2010-03-03 18:14

Our final post in this four-part CSR and competitiveness  series (see Environment, Education, and Health/Wellenss) tackles the issue of jobs creation, perhaps best addressed by the organizations on the front lines of putting people to work.

In the words of Angela Blanchard of Neighborhood Centers Inc.:

"Many companies talk about corporate citizenship and issue annual reports about their activities. Most of these are about corporate philanthropy or charitable giving -- a one-way transaction. Yet more companies are beginning to capture the true nature of corporate citizenship or social investing: a two-way conversation between company and community.

That's why I'm so glad to see the topic of the upcoming BCLC conference. I hope we'll have real conversation and frank discussions about partnerships among equals.

At Neighborhood Centers Inc., we've had some great partnerships and some not-so-great ones.  ARAMARK is one of those corporations that "gets it." 

Our relationship is built on mutual respect and commitment to long-term results. From the very beginning, the folks at ARAMARK have been...

FedEx, Memphis Orgs Enable Pediatric Care in Haiti

Posted by Catherine Keller on Wed, 2010-03-03 13:57

As relief and recovery work continue in Haiti – perhaps made even more trying as organizations stretch their resources to respond to the Chilean earthquake, as well – reading personal accounts from on-the-ground aid workers is uplifting.

Is this post, Amanda Mauck from Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN, offers insight about a recent pediatric medical mission to Haiti. The mission trip was made possible by Memphis organizations including FedEx, St. Jude, ExtraOrtho, Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Rotary, and Panera Bread.

Highlights from the post:

Almost a month ago, I boarded a FedEx Corporate Jet to the devastated country of Haiti with a cautious optimism that I would be part of something special.  Somehow, special doesn’t even begin to sum up our trip. … The objective of our team was to provide critical pediatric orthopedic and general surgery support.

Initially we started working at the Haiti Medical Mission of Memphis in Croix des Bouquettes. Quickly, we learned that despite our expert care, the country’s lack of infrastructure for transportation made it impossible for patients to travel to us, and we needed to go to them.

Continuing with her first-hand account:

I’ll never forget that it will take not months, but years for...

CSR and Competitivenss (1 of 4): Environment and Energy

Posted by Catherine Keller on Tue, 2010-03-02 21:24

BCLC's February e-newsletter included a piece by Ben Erulkar, BCLC's senior advisor for Corporate Community Investment, that weaves together commentary from four business and community leaders working at the intersection of CSR and competitiveness.

According to Erulkar: "Today, unprecedented challenges and opportunities reshape how businesses compete and communities grow. Companies of all types continue to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions to these real-world challenges. Corporate citizenship programs can be highly effective when they're fully leveraged within a company's value proposition, making these programs well positioned to handle the leading competitive challenges of today: education, energy, health care and job creation."

Nancy Nalence of Waste Management gave us her thoughts on environmental challenges and opportunities.

[Editor's note: Leading companies and partner organizations will address this topic -- and other competitiveness topics such as the education, health and wellness, and jobs-- at BCLC's conference, ...

CSR and Competitiveness (3 of 4): Health and Wellness

Posted by Catherine Keller on Tue, 2010-03-02 18:12

In the February e-newlsetter, Lydia Ashanin of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) drew a very compelling connection between the health and wellness of today's youth (future employees) and the future productivity and competitiveness of the companies that employ them. Her commentary is below.

(See also: CSR and competitiveness posts on Environment and Energy , Education and Jobs Creation.

[Editor's note: Leading companies and partner organizations will address this topic -- and other competitiveness topics such as the environment, education, and jobs -- at BCLC's conference, Provide and Prosper: Corporate Citizenship and Competitiveness in the...

CSR and Competitiveness (4 of 4): Jobs Creation

Posted by Catherine Keller on Tue, 2010-03-02 13:51

Our final post in this four-part CSR and competitiveness  series (see Environment, Education, and Health/Wellness) tackles the issue of jobs creation, perhaps best addressed by the organizations on the front lines of putting people to work.

In the words of Angela Blanchard of Neighborhood Centers Inc.:

Many companies talk about corporate citizenship and issue annual reports about their activities. Most of these are about corporate philanthropy or charitable giving — a one-way transaction. Yet more companies are beginning to capture the true nature of corporate citizenship or social investing: a two-way conversation between company and community.

That’s why I’m so glad to see the topic of the upcoming BCLC conference. I hope we’ll have real conversation and frank discussions about partnerships among equals.

At Neighborhood Centers Inc., we’ve had some great partnerships and some not-so-great ones.  ARAMARK is one of those corporations that “gets it.” 

Our relationship is built on mutual respect and commitment to long-term results. From the very beginning, the folks at ARAMARK...

CSR and Competitiveness (3 of 4): Health and Wellness

Posted by Catherine Keller on Tue, 2010-03-02 13:40

In the February e-newlsetter, Lydia Ashanin of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) drew a very compelling connection between the health and wellness of today’s youth (future employees) and the future productivity and competitiveness of the companies that employ them. Her commentary is below.

(See also: CSR and competitiveness posts on Environment and Energy , Education and Jobs Creation.

[Editor's note: Leading companies and partner organizations will address this topic -- and other competitiveness topics such as the environment, education, and jobs -- at BCLC's conference, Provide and Prosper: Corporate Citizenship and Competitiveness in the 21st Century.]

...

CSR and Competitiveness (2 of 4): Education

Posted by Catherine Keller on Tue, 2010-03-02 13:32

Our first post on CSR and competitiveness highlighted commentary by Waste Management’s Nancy Nalence, who addressed environment and energy issues. In this post, Buzzy Thibodeaux and Rick Franke of Junior Achievement discuss how corporate education partnerships are helping create globally competitive students, businesses, and future employees.

[Editor's note: Leading companies and partner organizations will address this topic -- and other competitiveness topics such as the environment, health and wellness, and jobs -- at BCLC's conference, Provide and Prosper: Corporate Citizenship and Competitiveness in the 21st Century.]

Astute business leaders recognize the priceless advantage of experience.

As the nation’s leader in economic and free enterprise education, Junior Achievement also recognizes the value of experience and has applied this approach when inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Nearly 175,000 passionate volunteers from across our country share their experiences and bring business life for JA students, adding a powerful dimension of relevance and experience to the core programmatic themes of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship education, and financial literacy...

CSR and Competitiveness (1 of 4): Environment and Energy

Posted by Catherine Keller on Tue, 2010-03-02 13:21

BCLC’s February e-newsletter included a piece by Ben Erulkar, BCLC’s senior advisor for Corporate Community Investment, that weaves together commentary from four business and community leaders working at the intersection of CSR and competitiveness.

According to Erulkar: “Today, unprecedented challenges and opportunities reshape how businesses compete and communities grow. Companies of all types continue to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions to these real-world challenges. Corporate citizenship programs can be highly effective when they’re fully leveraged within a company’s value proposition, making these programs well positioned to handle the leading competitive challenges of today: education, energy, health care and job creation.”

Nancy Nalence of Waste Management gave us her thoughts on environmental challenges and opportunities.

[Editor's note: Leading companies and partner organizations will address this topic -- and other competitiveness topics such as the education, health and wellness, and jobs-- at BCLC's ...

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