Executive Director’s Report – April 2016


Allie Williams, IOM
Executive Director, CRA

CR Magazine and the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) share a common purpose in advancing corporate accountability and responsibility. Together with direct input from the CR community we’ve developed and manage a fully transparent, objective, fact-based methodology for evaluating corporate accountability and responsibility.

Through our Ratings & Rankings Thought Leadership Council (composed of a cross-section of corporate responsibility experts, including active practitioners, academics, NGOs, investment firms, and other relevant communities), the CRA stewards the methodology to ensure its relevance, transparency, and efficacy. The Association plays a vital role as a convener, consensus builder, and promulgator of standards and practices. Together the CRA and CR Magazine regularly open the discussion up to public comment.

I want to take a moment to recognize our CRA members who have achieved excellence in this year’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens Ranking. Of the 100 companies listed, 30 are active members of the association and 11 make up the top 20.

Congratulations to:

Abbott Laboratories
Entergy Corporation
Mattel, Inc.
Exxon Mobile Corporation
Mosaic Company
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Hershey Company
Northrup Grumman
Altria Group, Inc.
Hess Corporation
Owens Corning
AT&T, Inc.
Ingersoll Rand
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Intel Corporation
PVH Corporation
CA Technologies
State Street
Computer Sciences Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Texas Instruments
CVS Health
Lockheed Martin
The Gap
Ecolab, Inc.
Waste Management

Congratulations to all of the companies listed in this issue of CR Magazine and for those corporations not yet involved in the CRA, I welcome you to engage with us and join our lively conversations. Help us lead or leaders to be better corporate stewards and track the commitments to climate change, employee relations, environmental impacts, financial performance, governance, human rights, philanthropy and community support.

We continue to grow the CRA Thought Leadership Councils.

The TLC’s are groups within the Association that members can join to drive learning and development within the CR community. Each Council meets via GoToMeeting® teleconference on a monthly basis, providing our members the opportunity to interact with industry peers. This enables you to get the most out of your membership and share successes, practices, and publish new findings.

Each is Chaired or Co-Chaired by Members dedicated to achievement of that TLC’s goals, and reports to both the Board and the community at large regarding progress toward the TLC’s goals. There are four Thought Leadership Councils in which members can join.

Brand & Reputation Management – Meets the 1st Wednesday of the Month at 4PM ET.
Ratings & Rankings – Meets the 1st Thursday of the Month at 3PM ET.
Professional Development – Meets the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 1PM ET.
Responsible Supply Chain – Meets the Last Tuesday of the Month at 4PM ET.

If you are interested in joining a TLC, please contact Bill Lange, Manager of Membership Services at (215) 606-9529.

We are driving an agenda that will help CR professionals manage current challenges and anticipate future needs. If you are not a current member of the Corporate Responsibility Association, please consider a membership. Together we will Network, Learn & Advance!

Posted April 27, 2016 in CR Blog