Through our case study publications, the Corporate Citizenship Center showcases the many ways that companies add social value through their products and services, supply chaines, operations, or resources. These reports feature corporate citizenship best practices, highlights emerging trends, and provides lessons learned.
Congratulations to the 2012 Citizens Awards Winners!
2012 in Photos:
- Press Release (9/18/12): U.S. Chamber Recognizes 20 Companies for Positive Impact on People, Communities, and Environment
Meet the Finalists:
Best Corporate Steward Award
Best Business Neighbor
Best International Ambassador
Best Partnership Award
Past Finalists and Winners
The Disaster Assistance and Recovery program is a mechanism for sharing the latest ideas on disaster assistance, practicing recovery plans, highlighting the good work of corporate citizens, and helping to rebuild the livelihoods of people affected by extreme events. Meet the network of companies working to improve disaster assistance and recovery in the U.S. and around the world.
- Business donations for emergency response efforts
- Business expertise and innovations that improve the disaster management system
- Skills based volunteering and in-kind donations
- Business partnerships with NGOs and government agencies
- Disaster response and recovery best practices
- Preparedness and resilience initiatives
- Case management of ongoing disaster recovery
- Communication, coordination, and information-sharing mechanisms among public and private sector responders
- Led a corporate delegation trip to Joplin, MO in January 2012 in partnership with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. The trip brought companies from around the country to Joplin, MO to get a firsthand look at the tornado recovery, and find out ways to donate and invest in the community.
- Hosted a successful forum: Thinking About Earthquake Power Outage Challenges and Business Resumption, in San Diego, CA in March 2012. The forum featured topics like coordination with government, energy challenges to business restoration after disasters, business continuity/risk management, how to pay for losses, etc. More than 150 attendees from business, government, military, and academia actively participated.
- Brought together thirty businesses, government officials, and nonprofit organizations for a discussion forum entitled, Japan One Year Later, in April 2012. Speakers from the U.S. Japan Council and Fluor Corporation led a discussion on Japan’s ongoing recovery and lessons learned from the terrible tragedy.
- Hosted a two day forum in Manila, Philippines in May 2012 in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Network for Disaster Response. The first day brought together 200 businesses from around the Philippines to learn business continuity concepts from established experts from around the world. The second day was a groundbreaking facilitated discussion between the business community and the Philippines government on the topic of disaster resilience.
- In May 2012, BCLC partnered with InterAction to host a discussion forum with businesses and NGOs on the topic of international disasters. The discussion focused on how the two sectors can work together better in order to build better partnerships and improve the overall delivery of aid to people in disaster stricken areas around the world.
- As a follow up to BCLC’s forum with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) in October 2011, BCLC created a new portal for domestic disasters. The portal is a resource for finding out which national-level nonprofit is working in which phase and function after a disaster in the U.S. The portal was made possible by Toyota.
- Launched a new report entitled, The Role of Business in Disaster Response, in May 2012. The report is a collection of 19 articles that detail how companies are using their expertise, innovations, and product developments to improve the way disasters are handled in the U.S. and around the world. The report finds that there are many unique ways that companies are helping with disasters that far exceed traditional philanthropy. It shows that companies are being a part of the solution simply by doing what they do best.
- BCLC partnered with Good360 to host a webinar in June 2012 entitled, Best Practices for Donating Product for Disaster Recovery Efforts. The webinar highlighted how in-kind donations can play a major role in getting communities back on their feet, and how companies can determine what products are needed, when, so that donations meet critical needs at each stage.
- In partnership with the International Economic Development Council, BCLC hosted a workshop on improving disaster recovery in the United States. The workshop brought together a very select group of economic recovery expters and representatives to identify best practices and lessons learned on preparedness and recovery efforts in disasters occurring since 2005.
- In September 2012, BCLC brought together 25 public, private, and NGO leaders to discuss strategies for regional disaster and environmental resilience around the United States.
- BCLC mobilized its disaster response mechanisms as a result of Hurricane Sandy. We helped coordinate the business response to the disaster by taking the following steps:
- Activated the corporate donations tracker, totaling over $113 million in corporate aid
- Held multiple conference calls to help coordinate the business, nonprofit, and government responses. Speakers on the calls included FEMA, SBA, EDA, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Target Corporation, etc.
- Received and processed thousands of requests through the BCLC Help Desk supported by Office Depot Foundation. BCLC staff coordinated donations between companies and NGOs all over the world.
- BCLC was published in news articles and interviews regarding Hurricane Sandy. This included an interview on MSNBC’s Your Business, and media coverage in Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Fox Business, Bloomberg, Reuters, Huffington Post, etc.
Report: Role of Business in Disaster Response
The Role of Business in Disaster Response examines how businesses are utilizing their expertise to help improve community resilience, response and recovery in times of disaster. This report is the first in BCLC's year-long report series "The Role of Business." Read the report here, or watch the video here.
Webinar: Best Practices for Donating Product for Disaster Recovery Efforts
- National Disaster Help Desk for Business, made possible by the Office Depot Foundation (helps small businesses navigate recovery resources available to them after a disaster)
- Report Series on resilience, response, and recovery, with BCLC research and commentary and business case studies
- NGO Aid Maps (what NGOs and doing and where)
- Business for Good Map (what companies are doing and where)
- Jobs 4 Recovery (support disaster recovery by finding jobs in disaster impacted areas)
- Disaster Toolbox (information to help you manage disasters)
- July 12, 2012: Evaluating Nonprofit Organizations (webinar)
BCLC disaster LEAD
Gerald McSwiggan (email) works with companies to sharpen and clarify their role in disasters and help them be effective in their disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery giving and investing. During non disaster times, he leads forums, workshops, webinars, and publishes reports and whitepapers to improve the overall system. In crisis time, he leads coordination conference calls, corporate delegation trips to disaster areas, tracks corporate donation information, and coordinates effective partnerships between the sectors.
- UPS: Ed Martinez, President, UPS Foundation
- Office Depot Foundation: Mary Wong, President, Office Depot Foundation
Disaster Program Headlines:
Across America, businesses both large and small are developing new ideas, inventing new technologies, and changing the way they interact with the environment. BCLC’s Environmental Innovation Network seeks to advance companies leading this trend and connect private sector, public sector, and NGO leaders towards more effective collaboration.
Bricks and Sticks Sustainability Symposium
From April 16 - 17, BCLC will be convening the Bricks and Sticks Sustainability Symposium. The event will bring together thought leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss how public/private partnerships and other tools can help communities and regions acheive economic and environmental goals.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear best practices from experts from companies like General Motors, Veolia Water, and Entergy. The Symposium will also feature breakout sessions that focus on community challenges according to geography and issues like water use, energy efficiency, and mobility where attendees can make connections and propose solutions to crucial environmental and economic challenges.
For more information on the Symposium, including a list of confirmed speakers and panel topics, please visit here.
IN THE NEWS
April 2nd: European Industry Flocks to United States to Take Advantage of Cheaper Gas, via The Washington Post
March 26th: Disney, Microsoft, and Shell Opt for Self-Imposed Carbon Taxes, via The Guardian
March 26th: Petrobras, Brazil's Oil Giant, Struggles to Regain Lost Swagger, via The New York Times
March 22nd: Yes, Conservatives can be Environmentalists, Here's How, via The Washington Post
March 20th: Top Cities with the Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings in 2012, via ENERGY STAR
March 19th: FedEx Delivers Bigger Fuel Efficiency Targets, via GreenBiz
March 18th: This 17 Year-Old Built An Algae Biofuel Lab Under Her Bed, via Fast Company
March 16th: Cars in the U.S. Are More Fuel Efficient than Ever, Heres Why, via The Washington Post
March 11th: Designing Wealth: The Missing Piece in the Sustainability Puzzle, via GOOD
February 12th: State of Green Business Report, via GreenBiz
Corporate Sustainability Ratings & Rankings
The Environmental Innovation Network has made significant progress towards its dual goals of promoting business leadership around environmental issues and facilitating collaboration between small & large businesses, as well as the public and NGO sectors:
Hosted the Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Working Meeting on July 18th (see below), which brought together 80+ private sector, public sector, and NGO leaders to discuss the best ways to promote private sector solutions to environmental challenges.
Released the Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report, which featured thought leaders from IBM, the Carbon War Room, Intel and other companies and organizations.
Convened a strategic planning meeting on September 24th to discuss how to advance regional resiliency around the U.S. 25+ attended the meeting.
Revamped the Environmental Innovation Map, implementing a detailed process for project selection and increasing to over 100 projects featured. ADD LINK
Expanded the Environmental Help Desk for Business, which now features more examples of environmental innovations and sector guides for small and medium sized businesses.
THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION Working Meeting
On July 18th, 2012 BCLC convened a high level meeting to explore how to advance the role of business in environmental innovation. The event featured such prominent thought leaders as David Bartlett from IBM and Nancy Gillis from the General Services Adminstration to discuss how to make progress towards more sustainable supply chains, where businesses can make the largest positive environmental impacts, and ways businesses, non-profit groups, and government agencies can work more efficiently together. More photos from the event can be found here.
The Role of business in environmental innovation Report
On July 18th, 2012 BCLC released The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report. The Report explores some of the most important trends facing businesses around environmental issues such as the American shale gas revolution and the movement towards a smarter built environment. The Report also features case studies from environmental leaders such as Prudential, MGM International, and Xilinx.
For more information about the Report and to access the pdf version, please visit this link.
BCLC uses resources such as the Environmental Innovation Map and the Environmental Help Desk for Business and services such as monthly conference calls and annual working meetings to make progress on:
- Advancing R&D and Product and Technology Innovations for Environmental Progress
- Stimulating Local, Regional, and National Green Market Development
- Sharing Financial Service and Project Investment Tools for Environmental R&D
- Identification and Advancement of Business Resource Management Practices
- Cultivating Awareness of Green Supply Chain Opportunities
- Capturing Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Promoting Environmental Innovation
The Environmental Innovation Network is driven by a group of businesses who are leaders in their fields and in the overall advancement of strategic sustainability.
The Environmental Help Desk for Business is a resource to help America’s small and medium-sized businesses understand green supply chain requirements, green business certifications, and innovations that can save money while reducing environmental impacts. Discover what the Help Desk can do for you.
The Environmental Innovation Map represents creative and innovative business solutions to environmental challenges. The Map showcases projects that deviate from standard practices and could potentially have a revolutionsary, game-changing impact. To learn more about what businesses are doing please visit the Map.
Working Group Members
BCLC's Environmental Innovation Network is comprised of global companies across multiple sectors who are leaders in the practice of responsible environmental stewardship.
- Intel Corporation
- Shell Oil Company
- Accenture Foundation
- Bank of America
- The Dow Chemical Company
- Entergy Corporation
- Ernst & Young LLP
- IBM Corporation
- Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- MGM Resorts International
- Motorola Mobility Foundation
- NorthWestern Energy
- Pepco Holdings, Inc.
- TXU Energy
- United Technologies Corporation
- Xerox Corporation
Chris Ryan (email, @ChrisRyan_87) coordinates the Environmental Innovation Network. In this role, he is responsible for building awareness about best practices regarding environmental issues and facilitating collaboration between the public, private, and non-government sectors. Chris is also responsible for implementation of BCLC's annual Sustainable Community Awards, underwritten by Siemens. Chris can be reached at (202) 463-5714.
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.
- 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
- 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:
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.
Diversity and inclusion, Health and Wellness, Veterans, 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.
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.
- Health and Wellness Working Group Meeting - December (TBD), Washington, DC (For working group members only)
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.
- Carolyn Berkowitz, Capital One
- James Whaley, Siemens Corporation
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, share your projects on the map, and contact us to learn more or to contribute ideas.
Why take a narrow view of the role of business in society? There are countless questions to be answered and many stories to be told when it comes to investigating the unparalleled force of the business sector. BCLC’s analysis and research briefs explore connections between business and society that haven’t been made before. To inquire about upcoming subject explorations, email Jeff Lundy.
- Is corporate responsibility a viable profession today, and will it be viable in the future?
- Do small business owners perceive their function in society differently than executives at large corporations?
- Do local and state governments have a role to play to improve the way companies help their communities?
These, and many other questions, have been the subject of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s rigorous research agenda. The research dives deep into the reasons and processes that businesses leverage to improve society. Our findings shed new light on the role of business in society. Research partners have included the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, individual academicians, and more.
To learn more about our research and reporting agenda, email Jeff Lundy.