U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Helps Corporations Discover Purpose

Jan 3, 2020 3:10 PM ET

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Helps Corporations Discover Purpose

Corporate citizenship is rapidly changing. In recent years, corporate citizenship has transformed from a nice–to–have to a must–have for the largest multinational corporations. There is no longer any doubt whether business has a role to play in the overall good of society. 

Based on recent events, including BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s 2019 letter to CEOs and the Business Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, it is now clear that many corporate leaders believe that their organizations must assume key roles in driving change. Gladly, some of the most influential corporations are making commitments and acting on issues related to the environment, inequality, refugees, and preparing workers with the skills necessary for future success.  

This was one of the insights highlighted at the “2019 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Solve Together,” an annual corporate citizenship conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The event brings together global leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to discuss best practices, employee engagement strategies, innovative partnerships, and insights into trends, while also offering valuable opportunities to network and form strategic partnerships to deepen social impact. 

Emerging from the conference, three trends became clear as leaders shared learnings from new and established initiatives designed to create social as well as business value for their companies.  

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