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.

     

      Could Your City Be in the 2012 Edition of this Video?

      What does "sustainable community" mean to you? 

      Three U.S. communities serve as the gold standard in 2011 for local-level sustainability planning. Through phrases such as "model 21st century city," "city of innovation," and "resilience, integrity, and ingenuity," it is clear that long-term competitiveness is what drives the 2011 winners of the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards.

      U.S. Chamber BCLC Calls On America's Communities to Apply for National Sustainability Honor


      WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 04, 2011 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) is calling for nominations for the 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. Now in its fifth year, the program recognizes local governments, chambers of commerce, and other local organizations for the tremendous steps they’ve taken to improve quality of life and enhance their ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come.

      Interview with Accenture's First U.S. Wellness Lead, Julie Wilkes

      Author

      Recently I interviewed Julie Wilkes (pictured below) from Accenture about the company's health and wellness initiative known as the "Live Well Program." Julie has an amazing personal story as to the passion she developed for wellness, which you can see on her website. Over time, she has excelled into becoming Accenture’s first U.S. wellness lead.

      BCLC: Describe the Live Well Program at Accenture and how it got started?

      Interview with Accenture’s First U.S. Wellness Lead, Julie Wilkes

      Author

      Recently I interviewed Julie Wilkes (pictured below) from Accenture about the company's health and wellness initiative known as the "Live Well Program." Julie has an amazing personal story as to the passion she developed for wellness, which you can see on her website. Over time, she has excelled into becoming Accenture’s first U.S. wellness lead.

      BCLC: Describe the Live Well Program at Accenture and how it got started?

      AXA Foundation’s President Speaks Out about College Access

      Author

      I recently interviewed Faith Frank, President of the AXA Foundation about AXA Achievement, the foundation's program to offer college access and advice to prospective students and their families.

      BCLC: Under your signature education program, AXA Achievement, you break down the philanthropic program into Access and Advice. Can you explain the difference between these two terms as well as the importance of each?

      How Best Buy’s Ethics Officer Made Me Late to Dinner

      Author

      It's 8 p.m. on Wednesday. My husband is asking what we're going to do for dinner, and my dogs are staring intently at me — certainly trying to convey that they should be eating right about now, too.

      How Dow Cooled a Philly Neighborhood

      Author

      I recently interviewed The Dow Chemical Company's Katie Hunt about the "Coolest Block" contest — a public-private partnership that awarded a neighborhood in Philadelphia with the installation of energy-efficient products, repair services, and a complete energy audit to help make area homes more efficient. 

      As the excessive summer heat continues to blanket pretty much the entire country, I thought a story about how to "cool" a neighborhood would be especially timely.

      9/11, Courage, and Ethical Leadership

      Author

      As part of BCLC’s commemoration of 9/11 this year, we are going to hold our first retreat on courage and ethical leadership on September 7-8 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Army Heritage Education Center.

      Community Investment Priorities in Atlanta

      Author

      On Thursday, July 28, 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and BCLC hosted an event sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

      Nationwide's Community Impact Model

      Author

      I recently interviewed Chad Jester, President of Nationwide Foundation & Vice President of Corporate Citizenship for Nationwide, about the company's community activities and its impact model.

      BCLC:At Nationwide you talk a lot about "critical moments" in your approach to community investment. What does that mean in practice?

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