The Long-Term Imperative: How Companies Can Respond

On November 7, 2019, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and Edelman hosted a webinar titled Communicating Long-Term Plans: Best Practices and Examples from the Industry, which can be accessed here. The combined Strategic Investor Initiative and Edelman Long-Term Plan presentatio...

Launching Investing in Society 2019: The Current State of Corporate Purpose

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of CECP – now, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose. Corporate Purpose became part of our name over the past year, marking how more than ever CECP believes companies can create a better world through business. In a year when 181 CEOs signed th...

Mind the Gap: Business Impact

For data-lovers, too many metrics is still not enough. That said, no matter how many ways you run the numbers, each day has 24 hours, each week 7 days, each year 12 months. When CSR leaders share information with senior executives, time constraints limit what they’re able to present, which is typi...

Back to Where it All Began

The below post is from CECP’s forthcoming book on the history of the organization Paul Newman was worried. In 1982, he’d started his own food company, Newman’s Own, Inc., to give all of its profits to charitable organizations to address pressing social challenges. He’d won awards for his...

Listening and learning from our employees to drive greater social impact

3M benchmarks annually against the world’s greatest companies to ensure we empower our people with game-changing community engagement programs. CECP recently released their annual report on trends in corporate community relations: Giving in Numbers 2019 Edition. CECP analyst and author, Andr...

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

With 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg making headlines with her recent UN speech on climate change, you may have noticed that kids today are more environmentally and socially conscious. If you have kids, you know that they love to ask, “WHY?” about everything. Kids are seeing headline...

How Companies are Using Global Pro Bono to Create Social Impact

Leading companies are now more deliberately leveraging leadership and employee engagement to generate sustainable social good. It’s an answer to the question, “How does business shift to meet the changing demands of investors, employees, customers, and communities to meet business and social sta...

How Brands are Empowering Consumers to Accelerate Change – CECP Heads to Sustainable Brands in Paris

A month ago, Paris hosted the first European Sustainable Brands conference during a volatile time for the region; the grassroots Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement protesting  high taxes and economic inequality in the French capital, young people from the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement orga...

The New Normal: The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s Demand for Perpetual Learning

With the pace of technological disruption faster than ever, a new approach to life-long learning is needed. The world is changing. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and it is having an impact on everything, including the future of work. A significant evolution of the labour market is forecas...

Updated Investing in Society Endeavors to Keep Up with Evolving Corporate Social Engagement Space

CECP is thrilled to bring you the 2018 year-end edition of Investing in Society, a digital collection that endeavors to focus on the most crucial insights of how the corporate sector is faring beyond where the Dow closes. Initially launched in July 2018, Investing in Society has been updated to prov...

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...

Girls With Impact: Equipping 10,000 Girls as Tomorrow’s CEOs

Stanley Black and Black & Decker wanted to engage its employees while supporting diversity. Houlihan Lawrence, the brokerage firm owned by Berkshire Hathaway, wanted to demonstrate to its 1300 agents its commitment to the next generation. Eversource Energy sought purpose as it launched its inter...

What’s Trending: Giving in Numbers: 2018 Edition is Out!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Giving in Numbers report is now available! In keeping with tradition, this year’s report incorporates many of the classic analyses that have characterized this industry-leading report, including total giving by industry, employee volunteer data, and op...

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...

Creating a Better World through Business

“Two heads are better than one,” is a proverb ascribed to a certain John Heywood in 1546. But, what if instead of two, it was six, or twelve? At CECP, we believe that businesses are a force for good and their collective wisdom will make the world a better place. In 1999, Paul Newman had …...

What CSR Professionals Should Know about Artificial Intelligence

Like many employees today, CSR professionals are facing the challenge of “too much data and not sure what to do with it.” If you’re interested in using data for your impact work with community partners and personalizing the employee experience of how they can live their purpose through the com...

Response to WSJ’s “Stocks Weren’t Made for Social Climbing”

Andy Kessler made some interesting points in his piece, “Stocks Weren’t Made for Social Climbing” (1/21/18). Chiefly, we at CECP: The CEO Force for Good, agree with his emphasis on the importance of profits. The issue is how you get there and how to create sustainable value, not just short-ter...

CreateNYC: A Look at How NYC’s Cultural Roadmap Makes a Case for the Social Value of the Arts

Photo: Hester Street Collaborative In July, the City of New York released CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive plan to establish New York City’s cultural roadmap for the next decade.  The plan sets forth objectives and strategies for achieving a more ...

How CSR Can Advance Gender Equity

Please note: This blog post is authored by Laura S.L. Herman, Managing Director, FSG, Alexandra Geertz, Director, FSG,  and Talia Alongi, Consultant, FSG. In recent years, companies have increasingly focused their CSR efforts on creating opportunities for women and girls. CSR gender efforts often s...

New models of corporate citizenship

Many corporate citizenship programs involve initiatives that reflect immediate problems (such as apprenticeship programs to fill near-term openings), the nature of their company (such as financial literacy), or local community needs (arts, athletics, etc.). In addition, though, some business leaders...

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