Fortune and Great Place to Work Reports

Read Fortune’s 2017 100 Best Places to Work, done in partnership with the Great Place to Work Institute.

And take a look at Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2017.

Employee talent and human capital are increasingly important for companies. There is a connection between profitability and the measures making organizations great places to work with great company cultures. Among those measures are ones significant to our focus at B:CIVIC—volunteering, philanthropy and giving back to the community. Those measures also showed a correlation with higher levels of employee commitment, satisfaction, and effort. Read these reports to learn more.

Hire and Mentor Tomorrow’s Leaders from CU Leeds School of Business

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Special thanks to University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) and Leeds for partnering with B:CIVIC in many ways. We want our members and others to know about the great opportunities with their students, particularly because the Leeds and CESR are committed to training the next generation of business leaders to make a difference in their careers and their communities!

Corporate social responsibility is a key thread of business education at Leeds, integrated into the core curriculum for over 3,200 undergraduate and 400 graduate-level business students.

If your organization is looking for passionate, creative, and motivated talent to help take you to the next level, Leeds diverse pool of graduates offers exceptional depth and breadth of talent for entry-level or experienced positions.

The Leeds Professional Mentorship Program (PMP) connects over 650 juniors and seniors with more than 1,000 mentors worldwide.  PMP Mentors serve as advisors and role models for students and support them in their career exploration and job search process.  The program also provides milestones and resources to support students and mentors in achieving their goals. More information and the online Mentor Application are available HERE.

If your company or organization would like to post a job or internship, participate in on-campus interviews, classroom panels or learn more about other opportunities to connect with students at Leeds, please contact:

Corporate Citizenship Reporting

Corporate Reporting
With last year well behind us, many companies are now producing their corporate citizenship reports to assess their operations and programs in the prior year.

If you are looking for some interesting examples, take a look at the Corporate Register Reporting Awards. They organize annual awards for corporate responsibility reporting and recognize notable examples in various categories. Among the awards for “Creativity in Communications-  2nd Runner-up” was Colorado company, Aurora Organic Dairy, credited for its 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report.
Winner of the best report (overall) was Marks and Spencer plc for their Plan A Report 2015.

Aurora Organic Report


Service Programs Serve Up Benefits

Author Laura Shear recently wrote “Work to Give, Give to Work,” focusing on the connection between work and volunteering, and the mutual benefits that accrue to companies and employees engaging in service programs. Besides benefiting company image and brand, and creating a more productive, loyal workforce, service programs enable employees to create new team connections, build transferable skills and feel happier. She writes that “group volunteer efforts offer colleagues the chance to relate in new ways, and can help develop professional and leadership skills. ”

She cites research from the Academy of Management Journal, which concludes that employee volunteering is linked to “greater workplace productivity and satisfaction.”

See more at America’s Charities and 3BL Media.


Member Thought Leadership from Great-West Financial, Ball Corporation, Crowe Horwath and QEP

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Share Member Thought Leadership at CCSR Class

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What happens when you bring sharp, experienced minds together as a panel, and mix in the enthusiasm of other professionals who are part of a special class? Catalyst!  CSR leaders from B:CIVIC member companies spoke at the March 1 class of the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility, a program in partnership with B:CIVIC.

Panelists discussed how and why they chose the particular focus areas for their community investment and talked about funding, partnerships, employee engagement, and ROI. Questions from the class participants, representing professionals from a variety of companies and organizations, and the insightful responses from panelists, made for an engaging night of learning.

Pictured above are the panelists who shared their expertise and time (left to right):  Crystal Adams, CSR Assistant Director, Crowe Horwath LLP;  Elizabeth Moser, CSR Specialist, Great-West Financial; Chris Chavez, Director of Global Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Relations, Ball Corporation; and Shanda Vangas, Community Investments & Partnerships Manager at QEP Resources.  

Thank you, panelists. We are proud to have your companies as B:CIVIC members!

Western Union – Putting Money into Minds and Aspirations

Don’t Miss this Wonderful Video about the new WU Scholars program!

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The Western Union Foundation believes education is the surest path to economic opportunity.  To help outstanding young people pursue an education that improves their employment opportunities and supports their community, the Western Union Foundation is launching the WU Scholars program.

The WU Scholars Program provides USD $2,500 scholarships to students around the globe pursuing degrees related to STEM and/or Entrepreneurship.  In this inaugural year, the WU Foundation has committed to awarding more than 100 scholarships and is offering matching funds to WU business partners to sponsor additional students.

Applications opened on International Women’s Day, March 8, and close on Wednesday, April 12.  For more information, visit or join the conversation using #WUScholars.

Stakeholder Engagement Trends

From Sustainable Brands and Future 500:
Stakeholder engagement non-profit Future 500 has released its annual Top 10 Stakeholder Engagement Trends report for 2017. The report compiles monitoring of current events, combined with feedback from Future 500’s stakeholder network, to make projections  in environmental, economic and social trends shaping business and advocacy in the coming year. The report suggests that effective, proactive stakeholder engagement is more important than ever in advancing systemic change.

This year’s trend report functions as a corporate “field guide,” featuring data-backed insights and specific action items to help corporations navigate a period of national and global volatility. The Future 500 data shows corporate action will be a major force for advancing systemic solutions, and among the ten trends, are aspects relating to:

  • Driving private sector collaboration in environmental advocacy.
  • Identifying market opportunities in federal gridlock.

See Sustainable Brands for links to the Future 500 full report, and a listing of all ten trends.

MillerCoors “Climb On” Commercial and Video Celebrate Sustainability

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Miller Coors Celebrates its Sustainability Ascent!

From pioneering the recyclable aluminum can in 1959, to achieving landfill-free status by recycling more than 99 percent of their brewery waste, MillerCoors continues its proud ascent as a pioneer in sustainability. Last year they installed the most powerful solar array of any one brewery in the country, an array that spans ten acres.

MillerCoors is committed to its sustainability pursuit and recognizes that their consumers, retailers, and distributors are equally interested in this issue. Coors Light has just released their new “Climb On” campaign commercial to share the story of what the company has accomplished so far in sustainability and to reflect the spirit of determination to reach new heights in all MillerCoors does.

This summer MillerCoors will release their “EveryOneCan” program centered on the idea that everyone can do their part to recycle. The program will also include a fun element of repurposing typical materials into unique retail items for customers.

Xcel Energy Corporate Giving position opening

Xcel Energy has a Corporate Giving Representative position opening for their Denver/ Minneapolis office(s). The position involves creating and implementing plans and procedures that tie corporate giving philosophy to company strategy, helping to develop student scholarships and internships, working on the overall United Way workplace giving campaign and reviewing grant applications. For a complete job description and the requirements for this job, click this link to Xcel Energy.

Level 3 brings cyber security to science clubhouse Saturday, March 4 – Bring your Kids!

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Level 3 Foundation, Inc. and Level 3 Cares Volunteers are partnering to bring the Level 3 Clubhouse to life on Saturday, March 4 for the Girls in Science event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science!  They created three fun and stimulating activities around cyber security:  What is the Internet and how does Level 3 connect you to the Internet, How to be safe online, and Cryptology and Cipher activities around encoding and decoding messages to “use your powers for good.”  Bring your kids to this fun and educational event.

And check out this video of Level 3’s cyber security expertise and their talk with Lauren Whitney of CBS about how the internet is shaping the careers of women, and Level 3’s support for the Girls in Science event.

Thank you to B:CIVIC member, Level 3, for using your power for good, too!