CECP Insights

CECP's CEO Daryl Brewster, other CECP staff, members of CECP's Board of Directors, and other industry thought leaders provide timely insight into trends and developments on the role of business in society.

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Lance Chrisman
Executive Director, Anthem Foundation

May 19--When it comes to social responsibility at Anthem, Inc., we operate on the belief that it’s everyone’s responsibility. As a health benefits company, it’s core to our mission, but what’s more – as a company of associates who genuinely care about their communities, it’s also who we are.  Anthem is in the business of improving health – the health of all our stakeholders: 50,000+ associates, 72 million customers, and the communities we serve across the country. At Anthem Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, we take this to another level by committing our collective expertise and resources to create a healthier generation of Americans. No small goal, we have found achieving success is directly tied to our ability to engage with all of our stakeholders and empower them to understand their own unique role as it relates to our social responsibility endeavors.

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Jinny Jeong
Senior Associate, Evaluation and Data Insights

May 2--This year, CECP celebrates the completion of the 15th year of this annual data collection process. CECP pioneered in 2001 a survey to track corporate societal engagement with a small group of committed and leading multi-national companies. 

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Steve Rochlin
co-CEO, IO Sustainability

April 29--Project ROI: Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages from Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Sustainability (download at projectroi.com) is helping reshape the way companies design their CR approach. We’re hearing that the report, which Forbes has described as a “godsend,” is being passed back and forth between CEOs and their CR teams. CEOs are asking, “How do we design our programs to deliver these results?” At the same time, CR heads are urging CEOs to support the “business-integrated, value-creating strategy for CR” that Project ROI defines.

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André Solórzano
Manager, Data Insights, CECP

March 15--During CECP’s recent Board of Boards CEO convening held on February 29th, 2016, CECP provided attending CEOs of the world’s largest companies with a comparison of financial and ESG performance, between companies that are affiliated with CECP (“CECP companies”) and other large companies in the Fortune 500 not affiliated with CECP (“non-CECP companies”). Discover with us the most compelling findings.

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André Solórzano
Manager, Data Insights, CECP

January 28--2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Giving in Numbers, the leading corporate societal engagement report that CECP releases in association with The Conference Board. CECP is proud to say that 63 companies (half of them are in the top 100 of the Fortune 500), with approximately 3.2 trillion dollars in combined revenue during 2014, have consistently provided CECP with societal engagement information over the last 10 years!  Not only that, CECP’s mission has advanced during this time as well, from approximately 90 to now over 220 of the largest companies in our network. An in-depth look at these companies and society around them is linked here.

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Carmen Perez
Director, Evaluation and Data Insights, CECP

January 28--When CECP staff presents on trends drawn from Giving in Numbers and our hundreds of company conversations, we find many in the audience don’t feel confident in their understanding of impact’s true definition (exhibited by lots of note taking). CECP is raising some questions based on what we’re hearing in these sessions.

The phrase “measuring impact” (Impact being the “I” word) is said and written all the time in corporate societal engagement, but in how many cases is impact truly measured? Should our field use the “I” word as much as we are? It’s problematic to misuse the term because as the grand finale of the logic model, it is vital to evaluating effectiveness.

 

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Daryl Brewster
CEO, CECP

December 17--As 2015 comes to a close, it will be remembered for global triumphs and heartbreaking losses. The push and pull of a variety of worldwide forces presented us with simultaneous challenges and boundless opportunities. We face challenges of terrorism, racial tension, social injustice, refugees, and other regional and global conflicts that threaten our common purpose. Yet we remain optimistic as we witness the power of social media that accelerates communications and transparency, the energy of millennials who are looking to drive real change, and the excitement around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Conference, which show that the world’s countries can unite around the hope for a better world.

 

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André Solórzano
Manager, Data Insights, CECP

December 15--On November 19, 2015 CECP convened its 7th Utility Industry Roundtable in San Francisco, hosted by the PG&E Corporation. CECP presented 2014 Utilities Industry corporate giving trends, and participant companies shared corporate societal engagement practices and case studies.

 

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Daryl Brewster
CEO, CECP

December 14--Holidays are a time we enjoy with family and friends celebrating the traditions we hold dear. Many of us look for opportunities at home and work to give back this season. At CECP, our organization is dedicated to enabling and encouraging business as a force for good in our society. The companies we work with are the world’s largest and have a combined revenue that would create the 3rd biggest economy in the world. And these companies are giving at record levels – reaching $18.5 billion in 2014 – to support communities and to tackle the challenges and issues of our time.

 

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André Solórzano
Manager, Data Insights, CECP

December 2--Minnesota is home to dynamic industries and many of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500 such as UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, and 3M, making it a model for economic development. Public and private-sector initiatives like Grow Minnesota!, Best in Business Awards, Drive Emerging Leaders, and Executive Women’s Council, engage private companies with community involvement and talent development among professionals. Particularly, the Minnesota Keystone Program recognizes and honors companies that donate at least 2 percent of their pre-tax profits to the community.

 

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