National

BCLC is working to identify and promote innovative solutions to corporate citizenship around the country by connecting large companies and public sector leaders to generate new ideas and develop solutions for the future.

Key Issues

Diversity and inclusion, Health and WellnessVeterans, Education, Community revitalization, Job creation, Small and medium-sized business community support systems. Housing challenges, Transportation challenges, Support for the arts, parks, and green spaces, Education and workforce partnerships, Community safety, Urban planning and design.

2012 program accomplishments:

  • Released The Role of Business in the City of Tomorrow report at the World Urban Forum and will release the Role of Business in Health and Wellness Innovation report at the forum hosted by INOVA on January 18, 2013. The reports are a collection of  articles that detail how companies are using their expertise, innovations, and product developments to improve our cities and address the health & wellness challenges.  It shows that companies are being a part of the solution by leveraging their core competencies and finding strong partners.

  • Released editorial pieces to share how businesses were engaged with Martin Luther King Day of Service, National Workplace Wellness Week, 9/11 Day of Service, and World Environment Day.

  • Hosted thought leadership events: National Conference on Corporate Citizenship and Siemens Sustainable Community Awards (post event report), Workplace Wellness Forum along with two health and wellness working group meetings, and the Housing Urban Development and UNHABITAT forum on Productive Cities leading up to the World Urban Forum.

  • Conducted executive interviews with corporate CSR leaders sharing their insights.

Initiatives

Large initiatives at the national level include Health and Wellness and Environmental Innovation.

 

Events

The signature events of this program are BCLC’s annual National Conference and the annual Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. BCLC also organizes forums across the country bringing together local and state community development leaders with business leaders to advance mutual goals.

 

Upcoming Events:

In addition to the above events, the U.S. program hosts a bi-monthly call for working group members only. If you would like information on joining the call please contact Hanna Felleke.

 

BCLC Lead

Hanna Felleke (email) works with companies on community-based investments to maximize the benefits to the community and the value proposition of the company. Hanna is responsible for the National Conference, regional events in partnership with key stakeholders, and organizing working group meeting around specific issue in corporate social responsibility. She is responsible for developing BCLC's corporate community investment reports, articles, blogs, and executing related projects.

 

Business Co-Chairs

  • Carolyn Berkowitz, Capital One
  • James Whaley, Siemens Corporation

 

 

Network

Meet BCLC's U.S. Network of companies and partners.

 

business for good map

    Whatever the issue, businesses are part of the solution. The Business for Good Map shows who is doing what, where. Follow @chamberbclc for the latest, and contact us to learn more or to contribute ideas.

     

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      Recently I interviewed Lance Chrisman, executive director of WellPoint Foundation (pictured below) about WellPoint's health and wellness initiative called Healthy Generations.

      Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Knowing Your Risk and Taking Action

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      In October, folks across America and the world will be enveloped in a sea of pink. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here, and there are so many ways to help, get involved and take action in your own workplace.

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      Jeff Levi,  Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health

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      I am pleased to introduce our latest blog contributor Ron Goetzel, director of the Emory Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS). Ron wears two hats. He is the Director of IHPS and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Thomson Reuters. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia.

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      I recently read a very interesting article about gender diversity on corporate boards on the Sustainable Brands website.The article talked about the notion of "critical mass" (having three or more women on corporate boards) and how this discussion has evolved over time.

      From the article: 

      Cultivating a Healthy Culture

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      By Susan Cisneros R.N., COHN-S –AMD Global Environmental, Health and Safety Section Manager 

      The Intersection of Diversity and Innovation – What’s Your Story?

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      I recently attended the Diversity Inc. Innovation Fest 2012, which included company presentations on diversity and inclusion programs that emphasize innovative practices. As I begin to delve into this issue area I wanted to understand what companies are doing in this space and why.

      What I came to realize is that diversity and inclusion means different things to different companies, it is by no means a one size fits all type program.

      KPMG and National Academy Foundation Advance Opportunities for Youth

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      Meghan Bracken is the national director of corporate citizenship for KPMG. 

      Volunteerism in the Spirit of 9/11 Day of Service

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