The Future of Corporate Foundations Accelerate Community: A Report from CECP’s First Meeting

In CECP’s 2019 Giving in Numbers survey, roughly 80% of companies reported having a corporate foundation, and of those companies, the average number of foundations a company operated was 3. It is clear that companies view having their own corporate foundations as a fundamental component to their c...

Honoring Our Veterans and Military Families Through Corporate Commitments

On Veterans Day, we honor our country’s military veterans who served to protect our freedom and rights. Many of us at CECP have family members and friends who have served or are serving in the military, and in our  special salute, we want to highlight the commitment by companies to support mi...

Pro Bono Service Remains a Key to Unlocking Corporate Purpose

Pro Bono service has been a cornerstone of corporate volunteerism for decades.  As the kids would say, it’s the “OG” of skills based volunteerism.   As companies continue to refine their corporate responsibility strategies to 1. align more closely with business goals and 2. ...

It’s Here: CECP’s Giving in Numbers 2019 Edition!

On the day that Giving in Numbers is released, the CECP team envisions everyone diving into this year’s insights for the first time. Many have read the report for years, are tuned into the nuances of trends, and can quickly spot new topics that pop up in the report. Others find the report for the ...

Favorable Winds for Corporate Purpose During UN General Assembly Week

With the recent Business Roundtable statement and the Financial Times’ series on expanding corporate purpose beyond short-term shareholder value, there was plenty of momentum going into United Nations (UN) General Assembly and Climate Week. Several events and discussions addressed the private sect...

The Importance of Sharing Your Story

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) Summit in New York City. CECP is celebrating 20 years of empowering corporations to be a force for good in society. It was an honor to be part of the event and to also share the stage with Paurvi Bhatt...

Leading Together and Acting Collectively: How Business Can Make a Positive Impact on Society

The text below are the remarks given by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President, U.S. Programs, Ford Foundation at CECP’s Chairman’s Reception the night before the 14th Annual Board of Boards.    I want to begin by congratulating the members and leadership of CECP for 20 years o...

Nine Signs You Need to Refresh Your Social Impact Approach

By Carol Cone, CEO, Carol Cone ON PURPOSE  Few companies of any size would let marketing or operations coast for a year or two without strategic review. A lack of regular planning is an equally big risk when it comes to social impact initiatives. And, considering brands with a high se...

CECP Q&A Series: How One Community of Corporate Leaders is Elevating Volunteering for Greater Impact

CECP’s nationwide programming brings senior corporate citizenship professionals together to build community and learn from each other and experts from across the social impact space. These in-person and virtual meetings connect corporate leaders to the latest research, case studies, and with like-...

Best CSR Reads of 2018

As we dive into 2019, I’m sharing my annual list of CSR reads. These thought-provoking pieces from the past year examine how the field is evolving to create greater societal and business impact. In a review of countless articles shared with me and from across the web, five stood out (in total,...

Four Ways RBC Capital Markets is Engaging its Employees in its Corporate Philanthropy

At RBC Capital Markets, we’re passionate about being a values-oriented, purpose-driven and principles-led organization. We call this our “Collective Ambition” and the word collective is critical. We want our employees aligned with our purpose: to help our clients thrive and communities prosper...

Corporate Purpose is the Tie that Binds: CECP’s Annual Trends Report

Leading companies are laser-focused on corporate purpose. They explore what their purpose is and how it translates to their people and community and bring that purpose to life through intentional practices and strategies. They use a human-centered lens for all business operations because it helps th...

Where Does STEM Education Stand in a Divided Nation?

The United States is at a crossroads. The razor-thin margins among a record number of voters in this year’s midterm elections are further evidence of a divided nation. There are two principal views of America’s future, and they are at odds with each other. Which one will serve as the driving for...

Investments to Promote a More Inclusive Society

It is undeniably a divisive time in the United States with growing inequality, polarization of the political spheres, heightened racial tensions, and acts of extremist violence. We are all longing for greater empathy and tolerance. CECP is proud to mark the Day of Understanding by launching a new Wh...

Five Reasons to Prioritize Sustainability in Your Brand Playbook

Increasingly consumers are becoming more sophisticated in their ability to discern between true commitment to sustainability and action taken just for show. And they’re not afraid to call out that authenticity–or lack of it–on social media, in conversations with friends, or in any othe...

Deep dive on Giving in Numbers: How business is supporting veterans

Photo: Stuart Parker, CEO of USAA, talks with a veteran at one of the homeless shelters that USAA supports The U.S. Department of Labor in October celebrated the continued improvement of the unemployment rate for veterans since with a 2.9 percent, down from 3.7 percent in 2017 (the non-veteran un...

Corporate STEM Philanthropy, and a Moment of Honesty

CECP’s Systemic Investments in Equity, Talent, and Tech (ETT) Accelerate Community convened for the first time in the second cycle of meetings on improving corporate social investments in STEM education. The objective of the second year of the Community is to consider the tenets of collective impa...

Changing the World is Good Business

The Fortune 2018 Change the World list features 57 companies that are doing well by doing good. These businesses are trying to fix big problems and make money while doing it. That’s right, it’s not a list about charity (though many of these companies also have charitable efforts). It’s about h...

Small Decision = Big Impact

Each day Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and media venues are bombarded with the idea of social impact and yet many do not understand the true meaning behind the movement. The business dictionary defines social impact as the effect of an activity on the social fabric of a community and well-being of i...

Calling on the Private Sector to Solve the Next Great Health Crisis of Our Time – Global Safe Surgery

The rural hospital where Endalew gave birth benefited from programs run by Safe Surgery 2020, an initiative funded in part by the GE Foundation. Image credit: Jhpiego/Karen Kamauski. The global health world periodically has rude awakenings that expose vulnerabilities in countries’ preparedness to ...

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