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03 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)

Welcome to Corporate Citizenship Blog, the new blog from The Conference Board dedicated to corporate philanthropy and social impact. Since The Conference Board was founded in 1916, helping our member companies better serve society has been a core component of our mission.

The global financial crisis of 2008 reminded us that the motivations that led to the creation of The Conference Board remain as relevant today as they were a century ago, and has only strengthened our resolve to stand by our members as we continue to learn how to be better corporate citizens. Like our founders, we believe in the contribution that a sustainable business makes to economic development, employment creation and social progress. Our investment in societal programs has increased more than 40 percent in the last four years and, in 2012, reached $6.7 million (see our 2012 Societal Report).

Through our Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy and our Initiative on Corporate Sustainability, we pursue our mission with a variety of research and engagement programs—from our benchmarks on corporate giving and on social and environmental practices to our councils on corporate contributions, diversity, and business and education; and from a working group on social impact measurement to a conference on corporate community involvement and a partnership with Americans for the Arts. Corporate Citizenship Blog is the latest addition to our societal efforts. We envision it as a means of communication of high-quality information in this area as well as a forum for an ongoing conversation with our members interested in making a difference in society.  Since thought leadership is key to its success, we reached out to a distinguished group of corporate philanthropy scholars from around the world who have agreed to support TCB’s expertise by providing guidance and stimulating ideas, along with their personal contributions to our work. Our Advisory Board, which we will continue to grow in the coming months, includes:

  • Gina Anderson, Center for Social Impact, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Paul Brest, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University
  • Professor Alnoor Ebrahim, Harvard Business School
  • Professor Dima Jamali, Olayan School of Business, University of Beirut
  • Robert John, Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Karen Maas, Erasmus Business School, University of Rotterdam
  • Professor Lester Salamon, Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor Barbara Scheck, University of Hamburg

The collective body of empirical research from our Advisory Board is extraordinary. The Conference Board can play a critical role in bringing this practical knowledge on corporate philanthropy to fruition by our member companies, and we can’t wait to see what will result from the closer interaction between these two groups. We will begin in January, by publishing the first report in a monthly research series focusing on social impact measurement. And of course the blog will be the ideal venue to foster a dialogue on these research findings. Corporate Citizenship Blog is intended to be an interactive community. We hope you’ll feel comfortable participating in the discussion by commenting freely here, or by following us on Twitter (@MatteoTonelloNY and @AlexParkinsonNY). To receive a weekly digest email of the week’s posts, click the “Subscribe” button. Finally, we’d be happy to hear from you directly if you have feedback or a topic you would like us to explore. Please contact Alex Parkinson (Alex.Parkinson@conferenceboard.org). Thank you for visiting the site. We hope that you enjoy Corporate Citizenship Blog.

  • About the Author:Alex Parkinson

    Alex Parkinson

    Alex Parkinson is Principal of Parky Communications, a communications agency specializing in sustainability and CSR reporting and communications. He serves as the Co-Leader of The Conference Board Cor…

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  • About the Author:Matteo Tonello

    Matteo Tonello

    Matteo Tonello is managing director at The Conference Board. In his role, Tonello advises members of The Conference Board on issues of corporate governance, risk management, corporate sustainability a…

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