"Give Us Hope" Features Thermo Fisher Scientific's STEM Education Program in Action
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Each year, the video that receives the highest number of public votes is named the Fan Favorite winner. In 2016, the Fan Favorite went to Thermo Fisher Scientific for its video titled, "Give Us Hope." The video featured Thermo Fisher Scientific's STEM-Credible Kids Safety Program, part of its STEM Education Program.
No matter what your previous experience, if your work involves any aspect of corporate citizenship it is important to understand the fundamental principles and scope of corporate citizenship and the changing role of business in society.
According to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s most recent Profile of the Professionals report, more than half of survey respondents working in corporate citizenship came to their current position from elsewhere in the company.
This May marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. The world is a very different place than it was 30 years ago. When the Center was established in 1985 with just 35 people from 35 companies connecting to our mission to help companies know more, do more, and achieve more with their environmental, social, and governance investments, debate about the human contributions to climate change had just begun in earnest and institutionalized corporate philanthropy and employee volunteer programs were new practices.
The final day of the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference was rich with inspiration and ideas, as attendees solidified connections, learned from each other and from experts in the field, and were introduced to next year’s Conference sponsor—UPS—during the event’s closing session.
“Be a surfer. Watch the ocean. Figure out where the big waves are breaking and adjust accordingly,” wrote Jason Fried and David Hansson, founders of internet company 37 Signals, when asked to describe their approach to strategy.
As you scan the corporate citizenship ocean, what big waves do you see? Below, I have sketched out three questions and actions to help identify your company’s big corporate citizenship “waves.”
1. Why is your company doing corporate citizenship?
The 2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference is an opportunity to hear from corporate citizenship leaders who have tackled similar issues in their companies. We will offer four sessions that will feature company case studies, focusing not only on successes but also on lessons learned.
Content is presented in a cohesive and contiguous manner and provides attendees with ample opportunity for participation with panelists. You won't want to miss these breakout sessions.
Keeping your community involvement program organized and running smoothly, especially when it is growing, can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are many technology solutions that can help! The challenge can be determining which one is right for your company. This is a frequently discussed topic in the Center for Corporate Citizenship’s online Member Community and we often receive requests for better information regarding the technology available to support community involvement programs.
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship: Member Spotlight
Now entering its third year, the Skills-Based Volunteer Program at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is focused on making high impact, long-term progressive change for select nonprofit partners. To meet this end, BCBSMA recognizes the importance of leveraging local talent when implementing an impactful corporate citizenship initiative. This talent forms the foundation of the Skills-Based Volunteer Program in which recruited employees are paired with local nonprofit organizations that have a need for their particular skills and experience.