FAST APPROACHING: The Deadline For Registering for the Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate Program at Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership


The first sessions of the new Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate program is just a week away — there are a few remaining days for registration. The two-day program begins on Wednesday, April 27 and continues on Thursday, April 28 at Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey.


  • Representatives from organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and the United Way of St. Louis.
  • Participants traveling from multiple states including MD, MO, NC, NJ, NY and VA.
  • Network, learn and earn your certificate from an accomplished group of real world experts in the field of CSR & Sustainability.

DAY 1 
Topics to be presented on Day One by experienced CSR, Ethics and Philanthropy professionals include:

  • Overview of CSR (Speaker: Ellen Lambert, PSEG)
  • CSR & Ethics (Speaker: James Abruzzo, Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership)
  • CSR — Ethics, Business & Society (Speaker: Kevin Lyons, Rutgers Business School)
  • Global Risks & CSR Dinner (Speaker: Tim McClimon, – American Express)

Topic: CSR Overview

Addressing: What does CSR look like across companies including employee engagement, marketing and culture; what are the trends on the local, national and international basis?

The veteran CSR professional will present a broad look at corporate citizenship including fundamentals, a discussion of how different corporations create the scope and navigate their citizenship, culture and employee involvement. This will include an analysis of a number of different industries and corporate social responsibility models.

The program continues on Day Two (April 28) with sessions on:

  • CSR & Implications for the Non-profit Sector (Speaker: Peter Hansen, NJPAC)
  • Materiality & the Case for Sustainability (Speakers: Louis Coppola, G&A Institute and Peter Roselle, Morgan Stanley)
  • CSR and Return on Investment (ROI) (Speakers: Eric Fernald, MSCI)

Topic: CSR and Implications for the Nonprofit Sector – utilizing case studies of corporate foundations that have aligned products, services and social investments

Addressing: This session will explore how the development and adoption of CSR platforms by public and privately-held corporations have accelerated.

There is a considerable impact — both positive and negative — on nonprofits when corporations align their strategic philanthropy with their business goals. This session will briefly examine three CSR programs and the positive and negative impact of each on nonprofit organizations. A critical outcome of this presentation is to help participants understand the strategic philanthropic priorities of select corporate sectors.

To learn more about the CSR Certificate program, call 973.353.1134, email, or visit

Note: 10% discount applied for 2+ registrants from the same organization



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Sounds Like a Good Sustainability Strategy in the C-Suite / Board Room — But What About On the Ground in Locations Thousands of Miles Away?

Many businesses over the past three decades have reshaped themselves, becoming “multi-national enterprises” (MNEs in NGO-speak), thanks in great measure to the advances in information and other technologies, where everywhere is a keyboard click away for communication, and to the end of the Cold War in 1989-1990.  Corporate organizations have also become “flatter,” with power and influence dispersed (more) to the far reaches of the operations or supply chain footprint.

Since 1970 and the first Earth Day, corporate leaders have addressed environmental issues with innovative ideas and solutions, making many parts of this planet a very cleaner place to live, work and play.  But what do these changes, some very dramatic, mean when ideas and innovations created at the top of the organization have to be applied at the very bottom by local managers and employees?

What sounds good at “the top” (strategy and course of action) may or may not work on the ground for the organization  at locations thousands of miles away.  Folks in charge there may not get the word, have little real power to implement, or may be working under conditions that are not conducive to implementing the strategy.  This applies to the continuing embrace of corporate sustainability by MNE’s or all shapes and sizes, in all industries and sectors and geographies.  The author of our Top Story this week explores some of those issues for us.

Richard Brubaker is Founder & Managing Director, Collective Responsibility, a Shanghai-based organization set up to aid in the development and execution of projects in Asia that focuses on solving environmental, economic and social challenges in the region.  He shares some lessons learned in his commentary.

As the C-suite of the MNE in the developed country creates appropriate strategies and focuses on “big picture” issues (think, what do we do about our carbon footprint in the post-Paris public policy environment), the people on the ground half-a-world away may be struggling with very different issues. (We recall the old saying, “when you are up to your butt in alligators it is hard to remember the mission is to drain the swamp.”)

The locals may be using a different language; dealing with different concerns; seeing the C-suite / HQs mission as being misaligned with the local mission; where KPIs may not apply….and more.  The commentary is timely, and coming from an experienced Asian hand, as we celebrate Earth Day #46 on 22 April, marking a time when corporate executives and boards may be looking into :”what can we do locally” in the operations to make an impact as global populations focus on environmental issues.  Including at the very local level!

The first Earth Day (April 22, 1970 – almost a half-century ago) is considered by many to be the spark that helped to create the modern-day environmental movement.  There’s more about the history in the Earth files:

“Why don’t they care?” Why top-down sustainability strategies are often doomed to fail
(Wednesday – April 13, 2016)
Source: Eco-Business – Effective sustainability strategies must speak the language of local employees and other stakeholders, writes Collective Responsibility managing director Richard Brubaker…