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.
By David Carrey
Global Exchange Manager
September 22--Giving Around the Globe’s latest edition is out! As in past years, the report offers insights on a myriad of issues affecting companies and their corporate societal engagement programs around the globe, including the private sector’s involvement towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Read more about top issues from each region including:
- The refugee crisis affecting Europe and how companies are responding;
- The growing role and importance of entrepreneurism in Africa and how some large companies are offering their support;
- India’s 2% Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate and its effects on the sector two years since its implementation; and
- A focus on Brazil’s changing economy and how CSR is changing along with it.
By Andrew Witty
September 21--The UN General Assembly is an important moment to reflect and act upon some of the very serious health challenges we currently face, which risk undoing the excellent progress that has been made on improving health around the world. As the United Nations General Assembly takes place in New York this week, GSK will set out a series of steps to further address emerging global health challenges, including supporting immunisation for refugees; tackling the continued rise of antimicrobial resistance; and preparing for future public health threats or pandemics. These pledges build on GSK’s long-standing and comprehensive commitments to delivering innovative medicines and vaccines and widening access to them; and will support the ambitious Global Goals to improve health, prosperity and sustainable development by 2030.
By Nigel Topping
CEO, We Mean Business
September 13-- Companies are leveraging action on climate to drive growth and innovation whilst managing risk and reducing costs. The Paris Agreement is catalytic. Action on climate is accelerating as businesses set the bold targets that drive innovation, jobs and growth. The race to the top has started—it’s time for companies to decide if they want to be part of the zero carbon future or fade away.
Progressive CEOs recognize that a global economy disrupted by unchecked climate change is not a stable place to do business. They also see that addressing climate change could be the greatest catalyst for growth that this generation of business leaders will see.
By Victoria Baxter and Maureen Golga
September 2--The billion dollar question for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is – how do purpose programs deliver for the bottom line? Weber Shandwick recently conducted a survey of American consumers to better understand the attitudes about and awareness of one element of a strong CSR strategy: a CEO speaking out on important societal issues.
In our work with leading purpose-driven companies, we have seen that CEO visibility on important social issues is a critical success factor in a CSR program. It’s hard to imagine Unilever’s success without Paul Polman’s vocal and visible championing of the Sustainable Living Plan.
By Courtney Murphy
Director, Strategic Inititatives, CECP
July 26-- Over the course of the past year, CECP, with guidance from Keystone Accountability, has been systematically collecting feedback from our companies to improve our work and help us measure the impact we as an organization are having on the field of corporate societal engagement. Along the way, we applied and took to heart the valuable feedback received. We were pleased to learn that 95% of companies believe CECP will use the feedback effectively. CECP and our companies are still acclimating to this new practice of continuous feedback loops, but our companies’ high degree of trust in CECP and investment in this critical dialogue will be more than rewarded through the actions we are taking now:
By Carmen Perez
Director of Evaluation and Data Insight
July 6-- Several years ago, CECP committed itself to not only being the CEO Force for Good, but the global CEO Force for Good. To share and achieve our mission around the world, CECP led the creation of the Global Exchange, a coalition of like-minded organizations connecting in a formal setting to advance the common belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. The mission of the Global Exchange is to unite country-based, mission-driven corporate societal engagement organizations to advance the corporate sector as a force for good around the world.
By Lance Chrisman
Executive Director of the Anthem Foundation
June 28-- Being presented with the Charles H. Moore Award for Leadership in Corporate Community Engagement will stand out as one of the highlights of my career and I couldn’t be more honored by the distinction. As a young professional growing in the philanthropy field, I can recall the first time I met Charlie Moore and the lasting impression his character left on me. Charlie’s relentless pursuit for positive change and his drive for improvements in our profession and our communities embody the essence of this award for me. It’s a complement to join the incredibly distinguished previous winners Vivian Pickard, President of the General Motors Foundation and Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation.
June 16-- “A Call for Corporations to Aim Past Wealth Toward Goodness and A Better World”
I’ve always been fond of a sentiment that Horace Mann—the great American abolitionist and foundational reformer of the American education system—once confided to his journal:
“If any man seeks for greatness,” Mann wrote in October 1838, “let him forget greatness, and ask for truth, and he will find both.”[i]
Sara Appleyard Adams
Senior Director, Communications and Marketing
June 15-- Our country is mourning the tragedy in Orlando, and many companies have reached out to us asking how they can help. Several CECP companies have activated their support networks and have made donations to aid in Orlando’s response efforts. As of Tuesday, June 14th:
Managing Director, Ogilvy Media Influence
June 13--You may remember Ogilvy's advertising campaign for Nationwide at the Super Bowl, which focused on reducing preventable accidents at home. It was one of the most memorable commercials in recent years, and while it divided opinion, it succeeded in raising awareness for an important issue directly related to the company’s business imperative.