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NetImpact and The Center for Corporate Citizenship are offering a free guide entitled Corporate Careers That Make a Difference provides a practical framework for career development in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
by Green Economy Post Staff
A growing number of graduates and working professionals want to use their business careers to make a difference in social and environmental issues. Unfortunately these professionals are increasingly faced with the reality that there simply aren’t enough corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability titles to go around. Corporate Careers That Make a Difference, a free guide released by Net Impact and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, sets out answers this question with more than 80 pages of practical advice, first-hand experiences, and strategic insights design to assist graduates and working professionals want to use their business careers to make a difference in social and environmental issues. The career guide also seeks to inform readers about the growing variety of positions in corporate citizenship, and how to transition from one field to another, leveraging their experiences as they move through their careers.
“More and more people want to make a positive impact on the world through the work they do,” says Liz Maw, Executive Director of Net Impact, “but there are so few resources to help them turn this aspiration into a successful career. This guide fills that gap by exploring the diversity of opportunities available in corporate citizenship, and providing hands-on advice for long-term success.”
The guide looks beyond the typical focus on dedicated job titles like Director of CSR, and instead encourages readers to explore the many functional roles in a company from which corporate responsibility and sustainability work can be done. “Corporate Careers That Make a Difference clearly demonstrates that almost anyone can have an impact, no matter where in the company they work,” Maw says. “In fact, seemingly conventional departments also provide significant opportunities for change.”
Corporate Careers That Make a Difference examines how several traditional departments can incorporate CSR and sustainability from a functional perspective. Departments reviewed include:
The Guide also outlines a framework of eight particular competencies most useful to professionals working in this area that were initially explored in Leadership Competencies for Corporate Citizenship (pdf; free registration and/or login required) prepared by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship . They include:
Corporate Careers That Make a Difference looks at the three primary challenges faced by professionals addressing sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the corporate sector and provide solutions on how to address these challenges. They list them as:
The guide offers readers 23 first-hand account of the many opportunities open to those interested in corporate responsibility and sustainability via in-depth profiles of executives from Walt Disney Company, Johnson & Johnson,VISA, Target, Deloitte Services, eBay, Levi Strausse, Walmart, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Dupont, Google, Microsoft, Intel, General Electric, Mitsubishi, and other prominent firms. Each profile contains the professionals name, title, graduate education background, and previous positions. It also includes the professional’s responsibilities and how he or she got achieved success. Invaluable information included in each profile are spotlights on one project each professional worked on, career advice shared, and challenges that each of them feels that readers should be aware of.
The Guide concludes with a three step career search plan that provides practical advice for both your job search and long-term career development. Corporate Careers That Make a Difference was originally only made available to NetImpact members, however, due to the overwhelming response, it now being made available free to the public.
Additional Resources from Net Impact and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College:
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