Measuring Corporate Citizenship: Practical Techniques for Corporate Managers
Farron Levy is president of True Impact (www.trueimpact.com), a leading provider of web-based tools and consulting support to help organizations measure the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their programs, activities, and operations. Typically applied to community investment, environmental, human resource, or other corporate citizenship initiatives, True Impact’s "triple bottom line" evaluations have been adopted by clients such as Allstate, Cox Communications, Deloitte, Home Depot, PNC Bank, Verizon, and their nonprofit partners.
The Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF) Corporate Citizenship Conference is for companies to develop and strengthen their community involvement and philanthropy programs.
The Conference showcases corporate citizenship programs from a variety of large and small, public and private companies, and other celebrated experts who will address issues, trends, metrics, and best practices.
Cecily Joseph is Director of Corporate Responsibility at Symantec Corporation, the fourth-largest independent software company in the world.
Joseph oversees Symantec's global corporate social responsibility program, which includes environmental, social, and governance program development, integration, and alignment. As the company spokesperson on matters related to corporate responsibility, she responds to stakeholder questions and concerns and oversees the company's reporting and communication efforts.
Joseph represents Symantec as a focal point for the UN Global Compact US Network and helps to organize and facilitate meetings with multinational corporations, universities, and NGOs on human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption.
Farron Levy is Founder & CEO of True Impact. Levy leads a talented team of consultants and software engineers in delivering True Impact's web-based tools and analytic support offerings.
Previously, he was a partner and director of cost-benefit-analysis services at SmithOBrien, a social auditing firm; co-founder and president of a web-based yield-management service for the restaurant industry; and an analyst with Industrial Economics, Inc., an environmental and economic consulting firm.
Levy has also managed urban economic development projects for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Social Venture Network, and CitySkills (where he was executive director); and served as an advisor to City Year, New Profit, and CitySoft. Levy is currently an associate staff member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. He earned an MPP from Harvard University, and a BS with university honors from Carnegie Mellon University.
Voluntary, organized efforts intended for socially useful purposes. Philanthropic groups existed in the ancient civilizations of the Middle East, Greece, and Rome: an endowment supported Plato's Academy (c. 387 BC) for some 900 years; the Islamic waqf (religious endowment) dates to the 7th century AD; and the medieval Christian church administered trusts for benevolent purposes. Merchants in 17th- and 18th-century western Europe founded organizations for worthy causes. Starting in the late 19th century, large personal fortunes led to the creation of private foundations that bequeathed gifts totaling millions and then billions in support of the arts, education, medical research, public policy, social services, environmental causes, and other special interests. SeeAndrew Carnegie; B'nai B'rith; Bill Gates; George Peabody; Rockefeller Foundation; Straus family.
Corporations, in their very structure, are undemocratic. Corporations are a tool of capitalism. Capitalism, an economic theory and practice, requires only one thing and it is neither knowledge, talent nor skill. Capitalism is anti-democratic. Capital is fungible and has no national obligations.