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.


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



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.



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




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


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    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.


      Innovative Business Health and Wellness Initiatives in 2012


      By Sara Scheller, BCLC

      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.

      How IBM “Has Gone From Spare Change To Real Change”


      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.

      Spirit of Volunteerism Shines in Business Community


      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" That is why BCLC is pleased to partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service to convey the different ways service to others will be unfolding in American communities this weekend and on Monday, the MLK Day of Service.

      Quarterly Health and Wellness Working Group Member Meeting

      The Business Civic Leadership Center is hosting our next quarterly health and wellness working group member meeting on January 18th from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the US Chamber headquarters (1615 H Street NW).

      The agenda will include a presentation by HP CareerNet followed by an open discussion with the audience. Topics include:

      1.       Priority areas for 2012

      2.       Stakeholder cooperation

      3.       International health and wellness perspective

      Generating Sustainable Momentum in 2012


      [Editor's Note: Applications for the 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Award are being accepted until Friday, Jan. 13th. More info]

      By Andre Pettigrew, Executive Director, Climate Prosperity Project; Former Executive Director, Office of Economic Development City and County of Denver

      Wounded Marine and Cigna CEO to Tackle 13.1 Together


      Marine Corps Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira, age 22 and an Atlanta native, lost both of his legs 11 months ago while serving in Afghanistan. His recovery took place at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, just outside of Washington, D.C. Now LCpl Ferreira walks -- and runs -- on prosthetic legs. This year he ran the Army Ten-Miler and Navy Five-Miler on those legs, and today Ferreira is 18 days away from tackling yet another running feat -- the Walt Disney World© Half Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 

      Grainger’s Ready When The Time Comes


      The Washington Post recently featured W.W. Grainger for their partnerships with both the American Red Cross and the American Association of Community Colleges.

      Teens Claim Prize in Siemens STEM Education Competition


      On December 5, 2012 Siemens presented their highest honor to high school students for their projects in cancer stem cell research and innovative prosthetic limb technology. The 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is one of America's premier science research competitions for high school students.

      Looking for the Latest Beauty Trend? Visit Your Produce Aisle.

      While the benefits of produce are often touted in conjunction with a healthy life style and weight loss, there also is an opportunity to educate consumers on this category’s contribution to beauty.   


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