More Information on Accelerate Communities

CECP Accelerate Communities provide the opportunity for cross-functional leaders from CECP companies to take a deeper dive into priority areas with their peers to advance their strategies and the field, more broadly. Communities draw upon curated CECP and partner expertise and engage in both in- person and virtual meetings, best-practice sharing, and framework creation. Each Community will share its knowledge and include visibility opportunities through published findings and CECP’s flagship events.

Launching September 2019

We invite CECP-affiliated companies to join one or more of the following Accelerate Communities (additional fees apply):

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

CECP’s 2018 report on ‘Diversity & Inclusion in Corporate Societal Engagement (CSE),’ found evidence that while Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is well understood, the concept of equity among participating companies is unclear. While 80% of companies surveyed say they consider equity when addressing D&I in their CSE efforts, it was most often defined as something other than the accepted definition (usually in terms of equality rather than equity). If you are interested in exploring how to incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into your company’s recruitment, retention, partner selection, and CSE goals, consider joining this community. Drawing from best practices across sectors, conversations will focus on definitions, measurement implications, and DEI strategy. Optimal for mid- to senior-level CR and D&I professionals at companies that have a solid foundation in diversity and inclusion.

Business Impact Measurement

CECP’s proprietary approach as a measurement advisor focuses on scorecard-driven methods of managing for results. CECP’s Giving in Numbers is the unrivaled leader in benchmarking on corporate social investments. This community offers you the opportunity to lever our expertise to create or improve your own customized measurement tool as well as connect with peers who are dedicating time and resources to measurement as a priority area. This year’s focus will be on topics related to measuring the results for the business – on employees, on the brand, and more. Optimal for CR leaders with direct responsibility for measurement, whether a small portion or their entire focus, who work on teams that have an internal culture of integration with other functions. Includes 10 measurement consultation hours.

The Future of Corporate Foundations

Corporations are delivering impact through their corporate foundations with hybrid models, new investment tools, and complex frameworks, simultaneously driving alignment with their corporations’ societal engagement and crafting distinct priorities. As the prevailing thinking about how companies interact with society has evolved from corporate philanthropy to corporate responsibility (CR) to shared value (where companies address social issues to generate greater long-term financial and societal returns), companies are seeking insights into the roles that their corporate foundations can play and the value that they can provide in pushing boundaries domestically and internationally. This Accelerate Community will cover both strategic and tactical opportunities, ranging from how to frame corporate vs. foundation programs, the breadth of impact investing vehicles, and the latest trends in corporate foundation functional topics such as case law/legal issues, marketing/brand alignment, and employee engagement. Join us to explore how corporate foundations can be catalysts in helping business to think innovatively about creating social change. Optimal for most senior CR professionals.


Space is limited. For more information on these Accelerate Communities, please contact Courtney Murphy, Director, Strategic Partnerships.

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