At Corporate Citizenship we believe that our work with business, large and small, all around the world makes a real positive difference to the environment and society. But it is also important to all of us that we make our own positive contribution both as Corporate Citizenship, and as individuals.
Our consultancy work, designed to simplify sustainability and transform businesses, draws on the broad range of experience and expertise of our team. Our own sustainability programmes have been developed to reflect this, and will continually evolve so as to reflect these skills and interests as well as the needs of society.
Pro-bono charity consultancy offer
Here at Corporate Citizenship we have extensive experience of brokering corporate partnerships and developing community investment activities for major global corporations. We also founded and manage LBG www.lbg-online.net the globally recognised framework for managing and measuring corporate community investments. We believe our experience here can be used to help organisations become more appealing and effective corporate partners. Taking this experience we launched our pro-bono charity consultancy offer in 2015.
We use our experience to help charities and social enterprises in two main areas – to develop and improve data collection and impact measurement frameworks, and to develop programmes to become more appealing and effective corporate partners.
In 2015/16 we worked with six UK-based organisations. The organisations worked in areas such as youth development, employability and micro-finance: all areas of interest to our corporate clients. All six organisations engaged through our pro-bono programme in 2015/16 reported that they were better placed to approach potential corporate partners as a result of our work with them.
Feedback from 2015/16 pro-bono clients:
- “We are in a much better place than we were before the support from Corporate Citizenship, they have helped us understand where our strengths will be, and what we need to do to move forward.” The Philosophy Foundation
- “Corporate Citizenship has started us on the journey to understanding the importance of impact, and given us a great model/tool on developing our positioning and narrative.” Consortium for Street Children
- “We really appreciate the independent view and fresh perspective that Corporate Citizenship gave us.” National Literacy Trust
- “We will definitely be able to better communicate about the impacts of our programmes to our corporate partners.” Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership
During the programme, we helped four organisations develop their work to appeal to corporate partners: all four organisations reported having an increased understanding of corporate partnerships as a result of our work with them. We also helped two organisations develop their data collection and impact measurement tools: both organisations reported having a better understanding of data collection and impact measurement as a result of our work with them.
Applications for our pro-bono offer open in May/June each year, with a view to completing projects over the summer months. Applications for the 2016 programme are now closed, applications for the 2017 programme will open in May 2017. If you are a small or medium sized charity or social enterprise looking for help in developing your approach to corporate partnerships, please do get in touch.
Developing future sustainability talent
With companies taking a more strategic approach to embedding sustainable and responsible business practices, there is an increasing demand for people with the expertise and skills to address the social and environmental challenges we face. Corporate Citizenship understands that not only do we need to recruit and develop the best talent to advise our clients, but also that we have a responsibility to support young people looking to enter and build a career in the field of sustainability. We offer:
A Sustainability Graduate Scheme – We are part of the Chime Communications Ltd, through which we run a graduate scheme each year. Our scheme provides graduates with experience working as part of our global team on projects across our full range of sustainability services from reporting, to community investment to impact measurement.
A Sustainability Research Internship Programme – We offer a rolling 4 month internship programme in our offices around the world. Our interns sit within our research team and get the opportunity to be involved in supporting projects across our full range of sustainability services in addition to writing daily responsible business news alerts. Some of our interns have been employed by Corporate Citizenship permanently, others have gone on into permanent employment elsewhere after completing the internship.
For more information on our programmes please visit our Careers page.
Our environmental footprint
As part of Chime Communications Ltd, we advise the wider group of Chime companies on how to integrate sustainable and responsible business practices into their everyday operations. More information can be found here. Corporate Citizenship’s carbon footprint figures can be found in the CO2e emissions reported in Chime’s ‘Environmental Statement’ document here.