Study Finds Executives Meet Key Business Goals Through Corporate Citizenship

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Report Illustrates the Role of Corporate Citizenship in Business Success
Jan 26, 2017 4:30 PM ET

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., Jaunary 26, 2017 /3BL Media/—Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is pleased to release the 2017 State of Corporate Citizenship, a unique research report that examines how executives view corporate citizenship in both business and global contexts, and identifies the topics and issues they find most important. The 2017 report reveals that corporate citizenship is accepted by executives as a crucial strategic business practice, vital not only to the sustainable progress of our economy and communities, but also to business success.

“The 2017 State of Corporate Citizenship study sends a clear message to corporate citizenship professionals: Now is your time,” said Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “With executive support, recognition, and increased resource allocation, you can take advantage of the current economic climate to solve problems related to your business or operating contexts, integrate your efforts into business strategy, and get commitment to long-term investments that maximize business and social value.”

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Companies recognize their role in meeting climate goals as the majority of executive respondents report they have increased, or plan to increase, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in response to the Paris Agreement.
  • The majority of executive respondents confirm that, when integrated into business strategy, corporate citizenship helps their companies successfully achieve strategic goals, particularly when they invest in corporate citizenship programs for at least four years.
  • The majority of executive respondents expect resources to increase for every listed corporate citizenship dimension over the next three years, at even greater numbers than in the 2014 study.

The 2017 State of Corporate Citizenship is among the research findings available to the Center for Corporate Citizenship members.  To learn more about this study, as well as other Center offerings and events, visit


The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) is a leader in the field of corporate citizenship helping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals maximize business and social value through tools and knowledge enabling them to achieve more through environmental, social, and governance investments. Founded in 1985, the Center draws on the community of professionals, original research, and resources of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. The membership-supported organization engages more than 10,000 individuals annually across its network of more than 430 member companies. For more information, visit