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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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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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Alison Vultaggio
Manager, Strategic Engagement, CECP

November 30--Earlier this year the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which define global priorities and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets to address shared societal challenges by 2030 in the areas of environmental, social, and governance actions.

The SDG’s collective success is predicated on companies and other sectors doing what they are good at and what they are currently focused on to achieve these goals, while stretching and adapting where they can. 

 

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Barb Short
Director, Strategic Engagement, CECP

November 4--Congratulations! You’ve earned a senior role in your company’s societal engagement function. You’ve been tapped for your leadership and your ability to collaborate, influence, inspire, and creatively and resiliently navigate the unique complexities of your organization to drive business and social impact. Well done.

Now, bolster up! Grab that espresso and protect your exercise regimen – or whatever it is that fuels and grounds you – because the passion, entrepreneurial spirit, and resilience that landed you this role are essential to driving progress in this area of your company.

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Jinny Jeong
Evaluation and Data Insights Associate, CECP

October 30--This week marks 2015 Pro Bono Week (#PWB15), a global campaign to celebrate Pro Bono Services and programs.

As business professionals and corporations around the globe draw in the inspiration to strengthen their pro bono programs, earlier this week, CECP released our newly updated Pro Bono Valuation Guide (our two page document to help companies answer 'What is Pro Bono' and 'How Is Pro Bono Valued'?).

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André Solórzano
Manager, Data Insights, CECP

 October 26--It’s Pro bono week!  A growing way companies go deeper in what they deliver through employee engagement programs is Pro Bono Service, which CECP has been tracking since 2008.

More companies across different industries are recognizing the value of Pro Bono Services provided by their employees to support nonprofit organizations. It is becoming less of a niche for lawyers, accountants, or financiers.

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