CCSR Class Talks D&I

The March 20 session of CCSR (spring 2019 cohort) focused on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) as a key element of any Corporate Social Responsibility program. Companies often pursue CSR because their leaders recognize the potential for business to function in a way that serves all stakeholders well, not only shareholders. Businesses can start by committing to a diverse and inclusive work environment, to create an economy that enables all people to thrive, now and in the future.

Student prepared by taking at least one assessment offered by Project Implicit, a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate the public about hidden (implicit) biases.

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CCSR Course learns about B Corps

The February 6 session of Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility was a new addition to the CCSR course this semester. The session featured guest speakers Kara Peck, Director of Business Development at B Lab; and Jessica Saba, Media Relations and Corporate Responsibility Manager for 1908 Brands. Kara and Jess introduced students to the B Economy, including Certified B Corps, Benefit Corporations, and the B Impact Assessment.

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CCSR Cohort Welcomed Guest Speaker John Heckman to Class

Shared on Jan. 8, 2019 from the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR) program offered by the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder in partnership with B:CIVIC

The CCSR spring 2019 cohort welcomed guest speaker John Heckman on January 30. John serves as Executive Director at Anthesis Group in Boulder, CO. He holds a Ph.D. in Restoration Ecology from Virginia Tech. John spoke about the environmental side of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

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Eight Great Reasons to Enroll in the Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility Program


Be Strategic: Eight Reasons To Enroll in the Certification In Corporate Social Responsibility Program Which Begins August 30.

August is already here, so it’s not too early to think about what you or someone you know can do this fall to gain knowledge of best practices to deliver value to your company and the communities it serves. 

Businesses are seeing the need to evaluate their success on the “triple bottom line” – their impact on people and the planet, as well as making a profit. And consumers are expecting this.

In response, B:CIVIC is pleased to offer the second year of the Certification in Social Responsibility (CCSR) program in partnership with the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business. The fall semester begins August 30.

Eight reasons why you or someone you know should enroll in the CCSR program: 

  1. It equips you with the knowledge to advance your company and career.
  2. It focuses on the essential CSR core competencies everyone must know.
  3. It’s local, so there is no out-of-state travel time or expense.
  4. It’s compressed, it’s just once a week (for 14 class sessions).
  5. It costs substantially less than most other programs. And, if your company is a member of B:CIVIC, you receive an additional $500 discount.
  6. You’ll gain access to guest speakers, instructors, peer networking, and best practices.
  7. Topics include CSR strategy, sustainable business, HR and culture, stakeholder relations, and CSR reporting and measurement.
  8. It’s beneficial to those changing careers and those looking to move ahead.

The program will be held at Leeds, and students who are with B:CIVIC member companies receive a $500/person tuition discount. Whether you are an experienced CSR professional or wanting to make a career change, this certification program will further your knowledge and network.  

Get the certification for yourself, or share this with someone you know or work with, who wants to make a difference, and to grow and learn alongside other great professionals!

Read more, apply or complete a brief interest form.

Apply Now for August 30 Start of Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility


B:CIVIC’s mission is to promote business philanthropy, business social responsibility, and community involvement, and to help companies and professionals who are committed to the same.  So, we are proud to be part of the initiative to offer the Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR) program in partnership with the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business.

The next session of the Certification in Social Responsibility begins on August 30—just a few weeks away.  The 14-week course will meet Wednesday evenings at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business.  Get more information and complete an interest statement or application form.

Wondering why this may be relevant and beneficial to you or your company?
Consider that more and more businesses are evaluating their success on the “triple bottom line” – their impact on people and the planet, as well as making a profit, in response to increasing expectations from consumers, shareholders, and society to be more socially responsible.  In turn, companies and their teams are looking to learn best practices that can help deliver value to their companies and the communities they serve. The CESR Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility is a valuable and effective means to gain this understanding and skills.

Here is what Lora Ledermann, CCSR graduate and Founder of Scream Agency (a B:CIVIC Member) has to share about her experience in the certification program:

If you’ve been trying to find the perfect professional development course on Corporate Social Responsibility, look no further. CU Boulder’s CCSR class gives you relevant readings, tools, benchmark studies, and worksheets to use in your current (or future) position. And with smart, experienced instructors who keep you on task but still allow for collaboration and sharing, you’ll get the best of the professional-meets-academia worlds.
–  Lora Ledermann, Founder of Scream Agency

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Congratulations to the Second CCSR Graduating Class

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Fifteen professionals graduated Wednesday evening from our second semester of the Certification in Social Responsibility program. The CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility, a program in partnership with B:CIVIC, was launched in 2016. Instructors David Payne and Geri Mitchell-Brown led the class that involved group projects, field learning, guest speakers, and panels. B:CIVIC  member companies Crowe Horwath, Ball Corporation, QEP Resources, Great-West Financial and Barefoot PR all served as panelists and guest speakers (pictured below).
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We’re so proud to be a partner with Dr. Meaney, the CESR program, and the Leeds School,” said Su Hawk, President/CEO of B:CIVIC.  Our goal was to elevate the core competencies of this important CSR industry, and provide professionals from any background the opportunity to be a part,” she said.  “Congratulations to all of the graduates. We are inspired and thankful to be a part of this program.”

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The class also visited New Belgium Brewing to hear about creating an employee culture aligned with sustainability, and had the opportunity to tour the brewery and taste brews.

During the final class, students reflected on the program and shared visual depictions of the concepts and tools they gained, and how they would take those forward. Pictured above right is Suzanne Wolke, Associate Digital Marketing Manager with B:CIVIC member company DanoneWave (formerly WhiteWave Foods), discussing her mind map.  Liz  Martinez, Human Resources Manager, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP shared that she gained valuable information and insight, and now sees more clearly that the connection between HR and CSR is critical to maximizing outcomes.

Group Presentation_ ROI 5Rs_Heather_Suzanne_Chris_MegHeather Baker, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC, said, “Participation in the CCSR class helped me expand my knowledge and network around the CSR role in a variety of contexts, so I now have a library of resources as well as access to experts in the field. Combined with the new personal connections I’ve made, I’m ready to bring new energy to my current community relations role – and any CSR roles I’ll hold in the future.”

This semester’s class was held in Denver at the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits in Denver where B:CIVIC offices are located. Bottom Left: David Payne, Sandra Wick Mulvany, Heather Baker, Michele Majeune, Liz Eral-Martinez, Meg John, Laura Isanuk, Ashly Ligouri, Amy Daly. Back Row Left: Paula McClain, Geri Mitchell-Brown, Christopher Simmons, Jennifer Forman, Haley Shilts, and Suzanne Wolke. Not Pictured: William Browning and Marcee Kinning
The next CCSR class will be held in fall of 2017 at the Leeds School in Boulder. More Information.

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