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A view from the Top: Business ethics and leadershipRP



KPMG Australia report on Board perceptions of business ethics and leadership, based on interviews and research with members of company boards. This 15 page report is compact and takes a high-level snapshot of what the highest levels of organisations think about business ethics, corporate responsibility and the challenges for Boards in this area of 'soft' organisational values.
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Corporate Social Responsibility Discussion PaperRP


Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee

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Issues Management Presentation by Professor John MahonRP



Presentation slides on Issues Management from a Centre workshop, featuring visiting academic Professor John Mahon, Professor of Management and International Business Strategy and Policy, Business School, University of Maine.
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Reputation Management Presentation by Professor John MahonRP



Presentation slides on Reputation Management from a Centre workshop, featuring visiting academic Professor John Mahon, Professor of Management and International Business Strategy and Policy, Business School, University of Maine.
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2005 State of Corporate Citizenship (US)RP



A report from the Centre for Corporate Affairs' affiliated organisations, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, this is a snapshot of how some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world are putting corporate social responsibility into action. Indicates that reputation, business strategy and employee retention is driving corporate citizenship efforts in the US, including many of their offshore operations. This report is available for download from the Boston College website.
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The Measure of Success: Evaluating Corporate Citizenship PerformanceRP



This is the second of two major publications resulting from the Measure of Success project, a research project of The Conference Board in collaboration with the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Thomas Cavanagh has met with Centre Study Tours for the past 10 years. The project is designed to explore the current corporate perspective on and practices in measuring corporate citizenship performance. This report presents a discussion of the evolution of corporate citizenship and how the political debates surrounding the topic have influenced measurement practice; an overview and inventory of commonly used measurement techniques; and a discussion of measurement as a management tool in the design and implementation of corporate citizenship programs. The report is available for download from the Conference Board website.
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Employee activismRP



Corporation 2020 was founded in 2004 by the Tellus Institute and Business Ethics publication. This excellent paper by author Barbara Waugh about how employee activism can be harnessed to change corporations from within and align them closer to community expectations and norms. This paper can be downloaded from the Corporation 2020 website.
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A Global perspective on Issues Management Best PracticeRP



This paper is recommended by the US issues Management Council, presided over by John Mahon, Professor of Management and Chair of the International Business Policy and Strategy Unit at the Maine Business School, University of Maine. The paper 'promotes acceptance and understanding of an evolving universal concept of issue management as a strategic and tactical competency of leadership companies.' It is available through the website of the Issues Management Council.
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The Value Proposition for Corporate CitizenshipRP



This paper by the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs affiliate Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship provides an overview of the value proposition within a company for corporate citizenship and the steps a company can take to develop their own value proposition, which is often the first step to helping an organisation measure its activity. This paper is available for download from the Boston College website.
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2003 State of Australian Public Affairs Summary ReportRP



The Centre conducts acomprehensive public affairs management survey every three years in an effort to provide members with the latest information on the management of the function in Australia. This article summarises the key findings in terms of organisational structure, strategic planning, resources and public affairs activities.
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Public Affairs Shifts to Centre StageRP



This article summarises the Centre's fourth survey of public affairs management in Australia and New Zealand.
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Public Affairs in the EU - The Growing Role of NGOsRP



Article in the International Journal of Communication Management, March 1999. A useful look at the evolving role and influence of stakeholder groups and NGOs in the EU. Available through the Centre's affiliated organisation in Europe, the UK-based European Council for Public Affairs. This article is available for download from the European Council for Public Affairs website.
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Corporate Community Involvement: Establishing a Business Case - Part 1RP



The Centre completed a major study of corporate community involvement in conjunction with the Business Council of Australia under the Prime Minister's Business and Community Partnerships Initiative (2002).
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Corporate Community Involvement: Establishing a Business Case - Part 2RP



The Centre completed a major study of corporate community involvement in conjunction with the Business Council of Australia under the Prime Minister's Business and Community Partnerships Initiative.
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State of Public Affairs in Asia, 2009RP


Centre for Corporate Public Affairs

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Triple Bottom Line Measurement and Reporting in Australia - Part 1RP



This Centre publication covers business practices for being transparent and accountable through the use of 'triple bottom line' measurement and reporting. Australian companies' rationales, expectations, limitations and practices are reviewed for the first time and the diversity of approaches is profiled. Some leading companies located in United Kingdom are also profiled.
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Triple Bottom Line Measurement and Reporting in Australia - Part 2RP



This Centre publication covers business practices for being transparent and accountable through the use of 'triple bottom line' measurement and reporting. Australian companies' rationales, expectations, limitations and practices are reviewed for the first time and the diversity of approaches is profiled. Some leading companies located in United Kingdom are also profiled.
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