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.

     

      AMD’s Ward Tisdale on Community Programming and Products for Kids

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      I recently interviewed Ward Tisdale, Director of Global Community Affairs for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) about the company's community activities, how to work within a tight budget, and developing educational opportunities for youth.

      BCLC: How does AMD invest in U.S. communities?

      Unleashing Opportunity for Sustainable Development

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      I recently interviewed Mike Messner of Seminole Management Company about the company's involvement with Redfields to Greenfields.

      BCLC: Can you describe the driving force behind Redfields to Greenfields?

      Chrysler in the Community: Strategic Community Investments

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      I recently interviewed Daphne V. Harris, Manager, Civic & Community Relations for Chrysler Group LLC about the company's community investment projects.

      BCLC: Can you describe the types of corporate community investment projects that Chrysler implements in local U.S. communities?

      Community Centers Innovate to Meet Growing Local Needs

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      American families are struggling. Across the nation community centers have been scrambling to fill the service gaps left by budget cuts and the lingering recession.

      Community centers are on the front lines in addressing some of our toughest challenges. Whether it’s providing for basic needs, like food to the hungry and shelter to families who’ve lost their homes, or providing afterschool and job training programs for teens and adults, community centers are enriching lives and neighborhoods every day.

      Creating Health: An Employee Model Turned Business Proposition

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      L.A. Serves as Launch Pad for “Community Speaks” Tour


      Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has embarked on a year-long U.S. event series to improve the impact of corporate social involvement in local communities. The nine-city tour, called “Community Speaks,” kicked off this week in Los Angeles.

      Strengthening Local and National Corporate Citizenship Connections

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      As 2011 kicks in, now seems like a good a time as any to start getting organized and to figure out how to strengthen communication and coordination between the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and between local and national actors.

      Loews Hotels: Good Neighbor

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      Loews Hotels employees say that CEO Jonathan Tisch formed the hotel industry’s first comprehensive community service and outreach program in 1990. Continuing to evolve each year, it still functions under the same name, “Good Neighbor program.”

      Every employee is given the opportunity and means to take on the responsibility of being an ambassador or agent of active citizenship by engaging in the Good Neighbor program.

      A CEO’s Guide to Public Service: A Conversation with Jonathan Tisch

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