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  1. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives aid the planet and burnish reputations. They also make money for companies, according to our study of trailblazers in the field.

  2. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Implications for Chief Financial Officers

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives deserve the attention of CFOs. In 2010-2013, revenues from sustainable products and services grew at six times the rate of overall revenues in companies we studied.

  3. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Implications for Chief Marketing Officers

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    The business benefits of sustainability initiatives go well beyond strengthening corporate image. Chief marketing officers can leverage such initiatives to be powerful drivers of revenue, growth, and innovation.

  4. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Strategic Overview

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives can engage customers, attract investors, and, according to our study of trailblazers in the field, grow the bottom line at an accelerated pace.

  5. Communicating Social Impact

    June 2015 | Research Report

    How do corporations authentically and effectively communicate the successes of their social initiatives and investments to stakeholders? Find out how leading organizations have effectively integrated promising communications practices into their work.

  6. Business Case for Corporate Investment in Sustainable Practices

    May 2015 | Research Report

    A growing body of research based on quantifiable bottom-line results shows that investments in environmental, social, and governance initiatives produce a positive impact on financial market performance.

  7. Integrating Sustainability into Your Core Businesses—A Road Map

    May 2015 | Research Report

    This report identifies work processes, tools, and experiences that can help practitioners build or strengthen sustainability programs in their companies.

  8. China Wants to Go Green: Sustainability Imperatives for Multinationals – Strategic Overview

    March 2015 | Key Business Issues

    China's leaders have strengthened regulations in an aggressive show of commitment to improving the environmental conditions. Multinational corporations in China will be targeted most to comply—this report details what to expect.

  9. China Wants to Go Green: Sustainability Imperatives for CFOs of Multinationals

    March 2015 | Key Business Issues

    China's strong commitment to cleaning up pollution and changing the way business operates with regard to the environment means that chief financial officers of multinational corporations operating in China must be hypervigilant about sustainability cos

  10. China Wants to Go Green: Sustainability Imperatives for CHROs of Multinationals

    March 2015 | Key Business Issues

    As China's regulatory landscape changes to combat environmental degradation, special skills will be needed to not only set the organization up for success in compliance, but to do so while weathering slow economic growth and competition for top talent.

  11. Sustainability Practices 2015 Dashboard

    February 2015 | Sustainability Practices Dashboard

    The Conference Board Sustainability Practices Dashboard analyzes the most recent disclosure of environmental and social practices by public companies around the world.

  12. Sustainability Practices 2015 Key Findings

    February 2015 | Key Findings

    Key findings from the Sustainability Practices Dashboard 2015, the comprehensive database and online benchmarking tool that captures the most recent environmental and social practices by large public companies globally.

  13. Framing Social Impact Measurement: CHRO Implications

    January 2015 | Key Business Issues

    For human resources professionals, impact often comes in the form of social outcomes, talent development, and business value. Measuring these effectively could mean more successful employee engagement.

  14. Navigating the Sustainability Transformation

    January 2015 | Director Notes

    This report describes a four-stage model for companies to progress from engaging initially with sustainability to accelerating, leading, and, ultimately, transforming their businesses.


  1. Shareholder Proposals on Social and Environmental Issues

    December 2014 | Director Notes

    Political spending and climate change, key topics during the proxy 2014 season, are expected to feature heavily again in 2015 shareholder proposals.

  2. Framing Social Impact Measurement

    November 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Measuring true social impact means moving beyond counting donations and the people reached, to a deeper approach that shows long-term changes. This report helps explain what that means.

  3. Framing Social Measurement Impact: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

    November 2014 | Key Business Issues

    In an age of strategic philanthropy, sophisticated social impact measurement can help you capitalize on business opportunities.

  4. Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition

    October 2014 | Research Report

    An in-depth analysis of 2013 corporate giving and employee engagement data from 261 of the world's leading companies.

  5. Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Investments

    September 2014 | Research Report

    Social change is inherently difficult to capture, but there is growing interest among corporate social investors in demonstrating actual deeper impact. This report highlights select aspects of measurement and provides guidance.

  6. Corporate Social Responsibility in India

    August 2014 | Director Notes

    Given India’s global influence, there is much potential for its vision of mandatory CSR, which anticipates CSR as a central component of corporate activity, to spread to the rest of the world.

  7. Proxy Voting Fact Sheet (July 2014)

    July 2014 | Proxy Voting Fact Sheet

    An analysis of annual shareholder meetings at Russell 3000 companies shows shareholder proposals on the disclosure of corporate political contributions doubled since 2009, signaling continued concern about a lack of transparency.

  8. Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk

    July 2014 | Director Notes

    Addressing supply chain risk and sustainability in isolation may put a firm at considerable risk. Companies should pursue strategies that recognize that supply chain risk and sustainability are inextricably intertwined.

  9. Corporate Sustainability in Brazil

    May 2014 | Director Notes

    This report looks at Brazil through a corporate sustainability lens and offers an overview of the current state of environmental and social practices among its business organizations.

  10. Who's Holding You Accountable? Christine Bader wants to fill companies with corporate idealists.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    A Q&A with "corporate idealist" Christine Bader, who spent nine years at BP and now seeks to aid those who want to help corporations both do good and do well.

  11. How Do Financial Markets Respond to Corporate Sustainability Disclosure?

    April 2014 | Director Notes

    While established evidence shows that bad corporate environmental news is punished by the market, emerging evidence shows that, in some instances, superior environmental performance may also be punished.

  12. Why CEOs Need to Care about Trust in Business

    April 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Capitalism depends on public trust for its legitimacy. If public trust in business is low, governments and regulators act. But what are the business and governance standards that establish confidence?

  13. Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation

    January 2014 | Research Report

    Brand recognition and reputation are among the most valuable intangible assets of any company. In turn, sustainability initiatives have the potential to significantly impact corporate brand and reputation.


  1. Link between Human Capital and Sustainability

    December 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A good understanding of the link between human capital and sustainability can help company directors identify how investing in the right sustainability programs can drive significant improvements in human capital.

  2. Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Environmental and labor regulations abound in China, but supervision and enforcement are seriously lacking. Chinese businesses acutely need more transparency, better disclosure, and better performance in sustainability.

  3. Social Issues in the 2013 Proxy Season

    September 2013 | Director Notes

    More than half of the shareholder proposals on social issues submitted at Russell 3000 companies that held meetings during the first half of 2013 went to a vote.

  4. Giving in Numbers: 2013 Edition

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Fifty-nine percent of companies recommitted to their communities by giving more to charity in 2012 than they did before the recession took hold in late 2007.

  5. Driving Real Value with CSR

    September 2013 | Director Notes

    Spending on corporate social responsibility (CSR) doesn’t automatically create economic value. Executives who understand when and how to deploy responsible practices, however, can use CSR to improve their bottom line.

  6. What Is Human Rights Risk? Should My Company Be Concerned about It?

    September 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes.

  7. China Center Quick Note: Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China -- Evidence from constituents of the CSI 300 index

    August 2013 | China Center Publications

    How well do Chinese companies currently do at disclosing their sustainability practices to the public, and which metrics do they use?

  8. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013)

    August 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on: gender stereotypes and interviewing, the "third billion," and attracting mothers returning to the workforce.

  9. Generating Value for Investors and Society

    August 2013 | Director Notes

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) needs to cohere with primary business operations. During the process of strategic development, CSR can be built into the business model so its impact is beneficial.

  10. Sustainability from the Inside Out

    July 2013 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    Leaders in the field share insights for focusing sustainability efforts with key performance indicators, building the function within an organization, and expressing the value of sustainability in business terms.

  11. 2013 Summit on Sustainability Conference KeyNotes Report

    July 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Many firms no longer see a contradiction between doing good and making a profit, and are incorporating sustainability into their operations and business models.

  12. Sustainability Practices: 2013 Edition

    July 2013 | Research Report

    In 2012, in terms of relative environmental footprint, the sector with the smallest footprint was the financials sector; the sectors with the largest environmental footprints were materials, utilities, and energy.

  13. Better Together: Advancing Diversity & Inclusion through Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning

    June 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Combining human capital analytics and strategic workforce planning best practices can inform and improve diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  14. Sustainability Business Case: A Model for Incorporating Financial Value Drivers

    June 2013 | Director Notes

    Many past sustainability business case analyses have not effectively incorporated key financial value drivers into the discussion. Companies should consider a framework to link environmental actions to financial value drivers.

  15. China Center Chart of the Week: Reporting on corporate environmental and social performance – still a long way to go

    June 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows disclosure rates regarding key sustainability practices for constituent companies of the SSE 50, and compares it with the S&P Global 1200. The SSE 50 index comprises 50 Chinese A-share stocks listed on the Shanghai stock exchange.

  16. Business Case for Nature

    April 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    The authors argue that companies should value natural resources as highly as any other.

  17. Communicating Sustainability Leadership The Difficulty of Achieving Differentiation

    April 2013 | Director Notes

    The overall decline in perceived performance of sustainability initiatives for two-thirds of companies in a recent study may be the result of rising skepticism about the benefits of sustainability programs.

  18. Sustainability in the Boardroom: A 2013 Update

    March 2013 | Director Notes

    According to a survey, when sustainability oversight is made a primary responsibility of senior management, it tends to fall to the CEO or another senior executive reporting to the CEO.

  19. Corporate Philanthropy with a Global Footprint

    March 2013 | Research Report

    The context of global giving is changing. Investment, not philanthropy, is the preferred terminology and approach internationally, as this snapshot of the state of global corporate philanthropy illustrates.

  20. Sustainability Matters 2013: How Companies Communicate and Engage on Sustainability

    February 2013 | Research Report

    How are companies addressing what they have defined as their corporate sustainability responsibilities? This report provides an answer through a multifaceted examination of current sustainability practices.

  21. Bar Is Rising on Sustainability Leadership

    January 2013 | Director Notes

    In a reflection of ongoing corporate efforts to define and achieve sustainability goals, real performance on sustainability is rising. On the other hand, stakeholders’ perceptions about organizations’ performance are declining.

  22. A Higher Consciousness: Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey looks to elevate business

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    John Mackey of Whole Foods explains his philosophy of "conscious capitalism" and corporate responsibility—and how it dovetails with his libertarian political ideology.


  1. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 4, 2012)

    December 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of diversity and inclusion.

  2. Corporate Philanthropy in China: A Practitioner's Guide for Foreign Donors

    November 2012 | Research Report

    This report describes China’s nonprofit sector and the challenges for foreign donors who wish to get involved with Chinese nonprofits. It also gives suggestions for identifying and partnering with organizations.

  3. Charting a Path to Sustainability Leadership

    November 2012 | Director Notes

    This report looks at the potential benefits of demonstrating good environmental, social, and governance performance and discusses five traits of companies that excel in the operational and communication dimensions of sustainability.

  4. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 1 of 4: China’s nonprofit sector – growing rapidly, but still highly constrained

    October 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part one of four.

  5. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 2 of 4: Public perception is an important driver shaping China’s nonprofit sector

    October 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part two of four.

  6. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 3 of 4: Corporations playing key role in advancing civil society engagement in China

    October 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part three of four.

  7. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 4 of 4: How much do companies in China spend on philanthropy?

    October 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part four of four.

  8. Reporting on Corporate Sustainability Performance

    October 2012 | Director Notes

    This report presents an analysis of 94 sustainability reports published by Canadian corporations in 10 sectors. The results reveal incredible diversity in the performance indicators disclosed, both across and within sectors.

  9. 2012 Citizenship and Sustainability Conference KeyNotes Report

    October 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The best way to ensure your organization’s operations meet society’s expectations is to embed corporate responsibility into your business practices

  10. Education and Corporate Philanthropy: Focus Funding for Maximum Impact

    August 2012 | Council Perspectives

    Developing a lens through which to evaluate each potential corporate philanthropy program is critical to success and maximizing impact.

  11. Sustainability Practices: 2012 Edition

    July 2012 | Research Report

    In FY2010, companies in the telecommunications services and utilities sectors were most likely to release sustainability reports, while companies in the materials sector were least likely to offer comprehensive disclosure.

  12. Giving in Numbers: 2012 Edition

    June 2012 | Research Report

    How and how much do Fortune 500 companies donate? This report analyzes 2011 trends among 214 companies, including 62 of the top 100.

  13. Linking Executive Compensation to Sustainability Performance

    May 2012 | Director Notes

    This report discusses efforts by some companies to incorporate sustainability performance into executive compensation schemes, and provides an overview of recent shareholder proposals filed on this topic.

  14. Supplier Diversity Value Proposition: What Every Organization’s Important Stakeholders Need to Know about Supplier Diversity

    May 2012 | Council Perspectives

    In order to serve the needs of a changing customer base, companies should review and, if necessary, rejuvenate their supplier diversity programs.

  15. Global Supply Chain Labor Standards

    May 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the adoption of supplier codes of conduct and supply chain labor policies; a framework for implementing supply chain sustainability programs, and media coverage, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder proposals related to this topic.

  16. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012)

    May 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in diversity and inclusion.

  17. Communication Patterns of Corporate Social Responsibility within and across Industries

    April 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines how American corporations collectively describe their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities based on an analysis of data collected from 103 Fortune 500 websites.


  1. Business and Sustainability in China: Company Responses to a National Priority

    December 2011 | Research Report

    What actions are companies taking in China to support the country's sustainable development imperatives?

  2. 2011 Corporate Contributions Report

    November 2011 | Research Report

    This report is based on the 2011 edition of The Conference Board Corporate Contributions Survey, which gathered data on charitable contributions made by U.S.-based companies in FY2010.

  3. Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Governance: What a Difference a Few Years Can Make

    September 2011 | Council Perspectives

    The Chief Environment, Health, and Safety Officers’ Council survey results and analysis underscore a corporate shift of attention to sustainability as a source of business value.

  4. Volunteering- A New Training and Transition Tool

    September 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Challenging times call for companies of all sizes to be more creative about how they do business, and how they inspire and motivate their employees.

  5. Making the Business Case for Corporate Philanthropy

    August 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the issues surrounding corporate philanthropy and provides practical recommendations to companies and boards for increasing the accountability and transparency of corporate giving programs.

  6. Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility

    June 2011 | Director Notes

    This report documents some of the potential bottom-line benefits to companies of being attentive to CSR: reducing cost and risk, gaining competitive advantage, developing and maintaining legitimacy and reputational capital, and achieving win-win outcomes

  7. Measuring the Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility

    April 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses a model for measuring the efficient and effective use of corporate resources allocated to CSR activities.

  8. What Board Members Should Know About Communicating CSR

    March 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses what to communicate (i.e., message content) and where (i.e., message channel), as well as the major factors (internal and external to the organization) that affect the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility communication.

  9. Employers and U.S. Public Education – Facilitating an Open Discussion about the Role of Business in U.S. Public Schools

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    A guide to be used by employers to discuss with employees why they invest in education and how employees can engage in those programs as well as become better consumers of education.
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  10. Giving the Working Poor a Working Chance

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    How can business and the world’s corporations help efforts to alleviate global poverty? And what is the rationale for getting involved?


  1. Sustainability in the Boardroom

    June 2010 | Director Notes

    Despite formal assignment of responsibilities to top business leaders, many companies still lack the structural framework to enable proper director oversight of corporate sustainability.

  2. Problem With Giving Back

    April 2010 | The Conference Board Review

    The implication of "giving back to society" is that it’s fine to take whatever you want, for as long as you want, provided that at some stage you get around to handing a bit of it back. How about not taking so much in the first place?

  3. Is the Pressure Easing? The 2010 Philanthropy Agenda

    March 2010 | Executive Action Report

    The economic downturn took its toll in the U.S. corporate philanthropy arena but the negative impact seen in 2009 may have reached its peak.

  4. Directors’ Duties and the Pursuit of Social Investments

    January 2010 | Director Notes

    This report examines the implications of sustainability on business corporations and on the body of law that governs them.


  1. Frameworks for Integrating Citizenship and Sustainability into Business Strategies and Operations

    June 2009 | Research Report

    This report explores the approaches of 11 North American companies with well-established citizenship and sustainability practices.

  2. Frameworks for Integrating Citizenship and Sustainability into Business Strategies and Operations

    June 2009 | Key Findings

    This report explores the approaches of 11 North American companies with well-established citizenship and sustainability practices.


  1. Corporate Responses to Humanitarian Disasters: The Mutual Benefits of Private-Humanitarian Cooperation

    May 2008 | Research Report

    Partnerships between corporations and humanitarian organizations not only benefit those in need, they benefit corporations as well, fostering the exchange of ideas and best practices and demonstrating social responsibility to stakeholders.

  2. Managing Great Expectations: Reshaping Engagement Strategies to Address Stakeholders' Citizenship and Sustainability Concerns

    March 2008 | Executive Action Report

    It is critical that a company understand the citizenship and sustainability issues relevant to its products, services, and operations, and know how stakeholders perceive its responsiveness to those issues.

  3. Going Green: Corporate Commitment to Citizenship and Sustainability Issues Takes on a Greater Role

    March 2008 | Executive Action Report

    North American companies have placed increased emphasis on corporate citizenship and sustainability issues over the past three years, leading to numerous changes within their organizations.

  4. 2007 Corporate Contributions Report

    January 2008 | Research Report

    Charitable giving by companies and corporate foundations grew at a relatively modest rate in FY 2006 and kept pace with corporate profits.


  1. Reducing US Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?

    November 2007 | Research Report

    The costs and benefits of various options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are mapped in an effort to support policy design and inform strategy.

  2. Corporate Giving Priorities and Challenges in 2007

    June 2007 | Executive Action Report

    The factor most influencing corporate giving priorities in 2007 is aligning the giving program more closely with business needs.

  3. Boomers Are Ready for Nonprofits
    But Are Nonprofits Ready for Them?

    June 2007 | Research Report

    Growth in both the nonprofit sector and in the population of workers over 55 can mean a bonanza for both once nonprofits figure out how to recruit these mature workers.

  4. Citizenship and Sustainability: Doing Good Can Be Good for Business

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Small and mid-size companies are finding that expanding corporate citizenship and sustainability programs is a smart business decision that can enhance public image and do good even with limited resources.

  5. 2006 Corporate Contributions Report

    January 2007 | Research Report

    Total U.S. and international giving from 211 of the largest companies and corporate foundations amounted to $9.78 billion, which represents 71.02 percent of estimated U.S. corporate charitable giving in 2005.


  1. Reward Trumps Risk: How Business Perspectives on Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Are Changing

    November 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Companies see more reward than risk in corporate citizenship and sustainability issues, but struggle to capitalize on their programs in the marketplace.

  2. Role of Business in Society
    An Agenda for Action

    November 2006 | Research Report

    This report explores why the role of business in society is on the agenda of the Chief Executive and Board of leading international companies and what they can do about it.

  3. Philanthropy at Mid-Market Firms: It Pays to Be Creative

    September 2006 | Executive Action Report

    A creative approach to philanthropy can help those in need as well as the bottom-line by improving corporate image and improving employee morale.

  4. Philanthropy and Business: The Changing Agenda

    May 2006 | Research Report

    Responding to budgetary constraints and new directions from the CEO or the board, companies have adjusted their priorities for corporate giving to align their programs more closely with business needs.


  1. 2005 Corporate Contributions Report

    December 2005 | Research Report

    An analysis of the giving patterns of 189 major corporations in 2004.

  2. Moving the World - A Case Study in CSR Partnership

    November 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Moving the World, a partnership between the international company TNT and the United Nations, shows how two organizations can combine  strengths to make a difference ?and increase competitiveness and reputation.

  3. Corporate Contributions in 2004

    November 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate giving among the largest U.S. corporations and international corporate giving were on the rise in 2003 and 2004. 

  4. Expanding the Investment Frontier: Factoring Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria into Investment Analysis

    October 2005 | Research Report

    Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria are becoming more recognized as an essential tool in investment analysis.

  5. Measure of Success: Evaluating Corporate Citizenship Performance

    August 2005 | Research Report

    This report presents a discussion of the evolution of corporate citizenship and how the political debates surrounding the topic have influenced measurement practice.

  6. Managing Corporate Citizenship Implications of Offshoring

    July 2005 | Executive Action Report

    How can companies handle operational downsizing/offshoring while treating its departing employees with respect and maintaining its reputation in the community?

  7. Corporate Social Responsibility In China: Can Voluntary Codes Succeed?

    July 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Is there an alternative to laws that are unevenly administered and enforced? A question well worth asking about business practice in all developing economies -- including China.

  8. Corporate Citizenship Reporting: Best Practices

    June 2005 | Research Report

    This report presents case studies of five companies that exemplify best practices in the public reporting to stakeholders of citizenship performance.


  1. Corporate Participation in Community Recovery

    December 2004 | Executive Action Report

    This report discusses the six different recovery initiatives and how corporations can participate.

  2. Corporate Contributions - A Look at the Numbers

    October 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate giving among the largest U.S. corporations is on the rise according to The Conference Board’s annual survey. For additional information see Report 1355.

  3. 2004 Corporate Contributions Report

    October 2004 | Research Report

    This report is an annual overview of corporate giving based on information supplied by the largest U.S. corporations.

  4. Rebuilding Trust in Business . . .Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century

    January 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The business of doing business affects the larger society. If all commercial decisions had an indisputable social benefit, choices would be easy, but sometimes trade-offs have to be made.


  1. Corporate Contributions in 2002

    December 2003 | Research Report

    This report is an annual overview of corporate giving based on information supplied by the largest U.S. corporations.

  2. Finding Direction . . .Taking Control of the Sustainability Agenda: Broadening the Role of Business

    December 2003 | Executive Action Report

    For business to adopt an enhanced corporate responsibility strategy and expect to realize short-term business benefits in the face of long-term global needs is likely unrealistic. This report explains why it is still important to develop such a strategy.

  3. Making a Case for Corporate Sustainability Reporting

    May 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Key stakeholders are driving the move toward "triple bottom line" reporting, in which companies document the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of their businesses.

  4. Traveling Green: Linking Executive Travel to Corporate, Community, and Environmental Values

    April 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Executive travel provides the next opportunity for organizations to demonstrate to their employees, suppliers, customers, and communities that they "walk the talk" on corporate citizenship.

  5. Corporate Contributions in 2001

    January 2003 | Research Report

    This annual overview of corporate giving, based on information supplied by 187 of the largest U.S. corporations, finds that overall giving budgets generally increased from 2000 to 2001.

  6. Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise

    January 2003 | Research Report

    This report details the recommendations on executive compensation, corporate governance, and accounting and audit practices made by The Conference Board's Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise.


  1. Corporate Citizenship in the New Century: Accountability, Transparency, and Global Stakeholder Engagement

    July 2002 | Research Report

    This report, based on the views and experiences of corporate managers of citizenship programs, CEOs, and board members at over 700 companies, examines the state of global corporate citizenship practices, expectations, and trends.

  2. Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Arrive: Are Capital Markets Addressing New Business and Investment Risk Factors?

    July 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Perhaps the only thing that is certain today in global capital markets is that traditional performance measures are not capturing important investment risk factors.

  3. World Summit on Sustainable Development: Why Business Should Care

    March 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Explains why businesses need to care about the World Summit on Sustainable Development and what they can expect from it.

  4. CEOs on Citizenship

    January 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Summarizes the results of surveys of managers, board members, and chief executives on corporate citizenship.

  5. Corporate Community Development: Meeting the Measurement Challenge

    January 2002 | Research Report

    This report presents four case studies of corporate community economic development projects: Renew Moline (undertaken by John Deere); Siyeza Foods (General Mills): Project Zero / Grand Rapids (Cascade Engineering); and Harlem USA (JPMorganChase).


  1. Doing Good and Doing Well:Making the Business Case for Corporate Citizenship

    November 2000 | Research Report

    Whether corporate citizenship "pays" is not as relevant a question as how corporate citizenship contributes to achieving the core business strategy.

  2. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Welfare-to-Work Initiatives

    September 2000 | Research Report

    Some national businesses have surpassed their expected capacity as employers of welfare-to-work hires by collaborating with local partners to resolve major challenges to sustained employment and economic development.

  3. Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Corporate Citizenship

    June 2000 | Research Report

    Americans hold companies completely or partially responsible for operating profitably, paying their fair share of taxes, providing long-term jobs, and helping community projects. Yet M&A can put such actions in jeopardy.


  1. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Public Safety Initiatives

    October 1999 | Research Report

    The report profiles four case studies of the partnering of law enforcement agencies and community activists.

  2. Consumer Expectations on the Social Accountability of Business

    September 1999 | Research Report

    This report, based on a survey of 1,000 consumers, is designed to help companies better understand the factors and the perceptions that drive public opinion of the role of business.

  3. Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership

    September 1999 | Research Report

    Based on the best practices of the winners of and exemplary candidates for the Ron Brown Award, 25 companies representing multiple approaches to employee support and corporate citizenship are presented.

  4. Corporate Contributions: The View From Fifty Years

    June 1999 | Research Report

    This report examines the history of corporate contributions.

  5. Expanding Parameters of Global Corporate Citizenship

    June 1999 | Research Report

    The parameters of sound corporate citizenship have moved beyond traditional monetary grants to encompass concerns such as sustainable development, human rights, and the quality of life needs of outside constituencies.

  6. Link Between Corporate Citizenship and Financial Performance

    February 1999 | Research Report

    Does playing the good corporate citizen help your organization? This report finds: Sometimes.


  1. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Educational Initiatives

    November 1998 | Research Report

    The early results from these partnerships are far from definitive, but they sure look promising.

  2. Using Technology to Strengthen Employee & Family Involvement in Education

    October 1998 | Research Report

    Today's students are tomorrow's workforce and consumers. What can corporations do to help their education be productive? Here's some practical experience.

  3. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Environmental Initiatives

    March 1998 | Research Report

    Is a partnership between your company and a regulatory agency a possibility? Maybe it should be. Here are some keys to making it work.

  4. A Business Guide to Support Employee and Family Involvement in Education

    January 1998 | Research Report

    Your employees care about their families' educations — so you need to care. This report covers the experiences of major corporations' education initiatives.


  1. Corporate Volunteerism: How Families Make a Difference

    July 1997 | Research Report

    Involving families in volunteer programs improves results and morale, but it takes leadership, communication, and planning.

  2. Measuring Corporate Community Involvement: A Research Report

    January 1997 | Research Report

    Managers of contributions and community relations programs face pressures to prove how they add value to the business, and this pressure has caused some to explore new performance measurements.


  1. Benchmarking Corporate International Contributions

    September 1996 | Research Report

    What works in global contributions programs, and what doesn't.

  2. Strategic Opportunities in Community Activity

    April 1996 | Research Report

    Tie philanthropy to your corporate goals with the strategies presented in this report.

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