Global Development

BCLC's Global program helps businesses navigate the international development and partnership landscape while showcasing solutions to some of the world’s most complex development challenges. BCLC works closely with public and private sector partners, including the Global Partnership Center at the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the World Bank, and the United Nations, to provide supporters with connections and resources that will advance their global corporate citizenship interests and help business development in emerging markets.


Key Issues

  • The business role in addressing food security, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Access to medicines and mobile health solutions
  • Job creation and skills training at the bottom of the pyramid
  • Rural and urban development
  • Aid and trade
  • Women and girls empowerment



  • Spring Forum:  Hosted in partnership with the United Nations
  • Global Corporate Citizenship Conference: Every October, this conference is the convening place for companies, multilateral organizations, entrepreneurs, and NGOs that are creating a movement of change and progress.  The conference consists of interviews, enlightening plenary discussions, active audience participation, best practice models, breakout and networking sessions, and TED-style conversations.
  • Forums, briefings, and working meetings throughout the year



BusinessCorps, a platform for business people using their skills to help communities in emerging markets flourish and succeed. Through BusinessCorps, companies donate their employees’ technical skills to address community needs on a pro bono basis. Building on the inspiration that led John F. Kennedy to establish the Peace Corps in 1961, companies are coming together to make a difference, whether they operate in Brazil, the U.S., or around the world.


program 2012 Midyear Accomplishments

The Business for Good Map pilot was so successful that it has been transitioned under BCLC’s research portfolio as a long-term BCLC project.


BCLC partnered with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to co-host The Role of Business in Empowering Women at the UN headquarters on International Women's Day. Drawing more than 400 attendees and generating more than 1 million impressions on Twitter, it's our largest global event to date. Learn more about speakers and sessions.  


The International Business Corps has been active for one year in its pilot location, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The steering committee has researched and vetted NGO partners, and the first business volunteer was engaged in January. To date, 19 volunteers from four different companies are active in Business Corps projects. Learn more and consider participating in this exciting multi-company collaboration.


To coincide with Rio+20, BCLC, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Rio co-organized a Strategic CSR Dialogue between Brazilian and U.S. businesses about CSR trends and best practices, and the opportunities for companies around corporate volunteerism. While in Rio, BCLC took the opportunity to visit the Business Corps' NGO partners and meet with some of the corporate volunteers. Learn more about the visits.


We expanded our relationships with the American Chamber of Commerce in emerging markets.  In 2012, BCLC worked with AmChams Monterrey, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, and Istanbul.   


Program 2012 End of Year Outlook

  • Increase stakeholder awareness of the private sector’s role across the Millennium Development Goals and international development through the Business for Good Map, events, reports, videos and social media campaigns.
  • Hold U.S. business in the International Standards Organization (ISO 26000) Webinar for network members on September 10. The purpose of the discussion is to hear the latest impact and opportunities from the U.S. Council for International Business.
  • Host the 2012 Global Conference CSR: Business Solutions for Emerging Markets at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Washington, DC on Oct 10-12.
  • Place all members of the Global Working Group on the Business for Good Map.
  • Continue to create connections and platforms to increase partnership opportunities for working group members.
  • Conduct assessment of the International Business Corps pilot in Rio de Janeiro and consider the possibility of scaling to another location.
  • Raise profile of the Global Program at the US Chamber of Commerce and partnership opportunities with American Chambers of Commerce abroad.  



BCLC program Lead



The Global Corporate Citizenship program is a network of more than 50 leading companies that are interested in advancing the connection between international development and corporate social responsibility. To shape this program, global manager Taryn Bird works closely with co-chairs Bo Miller, The Dow Chemical Company, and Kathy Pickus, Abbott, as well as Chamber BCLC's immediate past board chair Akhtar Badshah and the entire corporate working group. Taryn has led or helped create several new business initiatives in the international development space, including a post-earthquake corporate mission to Haiti, a pilot project in Brazil to launch the International Business Corps, and numerous issue forums and conferences. Full bio


Business Co-Chairs

  • Bo Miller, Director, Corporate Citizenship, President, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation at The Dow Chemical Company
  • Kathy Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship & Policy , Abbott


Global Program Headlines:

Dow’s Workplace HIV Program Stops Employee Deaths


This month we're dedicating a blog series to sharing information about business-led efforts to fight the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. We're looking specifically at corporate workplace programs that help companies and their employees manage the disease.

Chevron Shares Insight from Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Workplace Program


This month we're dedicating a blog series to sharing information about business-led efforts to fight the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. We're looking specifically at corporate workplace programs that help companies and their employees manage the disease.

Business Corps: A Snapshot of Real Impact


BCLC’s newest partnership tool, Business Corps, combines a collaborative, multi-company network with skills-based volunteer opportunities to become a catalyst to address social challenges.

Best Partnership Finalist: Join My Village - An Investment in Women and Girls


If you had a chance to read Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wundunns’ Half the Sky, you will recall the remarkable stories of girls and women triumphing over obstacles to become economic engines, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. PBS recently debuted the book in a two-part TV series where Kristoff and his fellow Ambassadors traveled to visit organizations and individuals working to provide the infrastructure, tools, and training programs to women and girls in vulnerable parts of the world.

Best Partnership Award Finalist Intel Brings Tech to Education with World Vision


Great partnerships are a natural fit between the two parties. When partnerships work, they leverage the capacity of each team member to a surprising degree. That’s what I see in the Intel/World Vision partnership. It has the hallmarks of a great relationship: it uses pre-existing capacities in innovative ways to create new value, and it uses the core competencies of each organization to ensure this its impacts are targeted and mutually beneficial.

Best Partnership Award Finalist Hilton Worldwide's Soap Saves Lives


Global Soap Project’s founder, Derreck Kayongo, a Kenyan refugee, showed the impact discarded soap could have in saving lives

AllLife: Transforming the Future for Those with HIV


Most successful entrepreneurs innovate to meet needs in the marketplace, but few have transformed conventional thinking as Ross Beerman. As the founder and managing director of AllLife, Beerman is helping build a brighter future for those living with HIV in South Africa.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Case Study: Fighting Hunger, Growing Communities


In observance of World Food Day this week, BCLC is spotlighting an interesting case study about food security, submitted by Michael Dupee, VP of CSR for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. The case study appears in BCLC's new publication called "The Role of Business in Emerging Markets." 

Making the Case for Impact Sourcing


//Editor's Note: Ms. Janah is BCLC's Oct. 11th keynote speaker at the 2012 Global Conference, CSR: Business Solutions for Emerging Markets. Follow the conference tweetchat at #BCLCglobal. A video with part of her speech will be available after the conference.//

Western Union Launches Innovative Financial Platform for NGOs Worldwide


Last week at the Clinton Global Initiative, Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek announced the company’s newest program NGO Global Pay, a financial platform specifically designed to meet the payment needs of non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the people they serve, all over the world.


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