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Definition of key socio-political terms from the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs RP
Centre for Corporate Public Affairs
Definition of key socio-political terms from the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs
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Taking it to the top RP
Foundation for Public Affairs
Advice on public policy engagement for the C-suite
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Measuring the social impact of CCI - Executive Summary RP
Centre for Corporate Public Affairs

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2012 State of Public Affairs - Going the distance RP
Centre for Corporate Public Affairs

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2009 State of Public Affairs - Surviving the storm RP
Centre for Corporate Public Affairs

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Impact of the economic downturn on not-for-profit organisation management (June 2009) RP

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs commissioned the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs to undertake research into the impact of the current economic downturn on the operations of not-for-profit community organisations. It provides a snapshot of the magnitude of the impact on NFP organisations, covering funding, services, management and operations, and relationships. This follows a report completed in 2008, ‘Relationship Matters: Not-for-profit community organisations and corporate community investment’.
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Impact of the economic downturn on corporate community investment RP
Centre for Corporate Public Affairs
The Centre for Corporate Public Affairs was recently commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) to research the impact of the global economic downturn on corporate community investment. Key findings of the Centre's research are that while many companies in Australia are experiencing significant pressure on budgets, overall, companies are maintaining their commitments to corporate community investment.
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Relationship matters: not-for-profit community organisations and corporate community investment (October 2008) RP
Centre for Corporate Public Affairs
The direction of corporate community partnerships in Australia is towards an 'integrative' stage of collaboration, in which partners create new services and activities as a result of their collaboration, according to a recently released research report. The report, 'Relationship matters: not-for-profit community organisations and corporate community investment', by the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs, was commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The report has found that outcomes produced by these integrative partnerships include better societal outcomes, and improved delivery of services at a local level.Corporate community partnerships are able to address, or assist in addressing societal issues and produce outcomes that governments cannot (or cannot do alone), and that businesses and not-for-profit organisations cannot achieve exclusively. Relationship matters: not-for-profit community organisations and corporate community investment looks at how to best leverage the operations and activities of NFP organisations to enhance interactions with large businesses. The report also examines: barriers to corporate community partnerships developing further in Australia, differences between not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) and corporations, positive and negative factors at play in these partnerships, trends and developments in corporate community partnerships. We acknowledge the contribution of the NFP organisations that participated in workshops, consultations and provided feedback via the online survey.
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Corporate Community Investment in Australia RP

The Centre for Corporate Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Business Council of Australia, was commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership to undertake research into corporate community investment in Australia. It includes a review of international practice.
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The corporate political environment, and big business response RP

Public Lecture given by Geoff Allen in July 2006, sponsored by the Melbourne Business School and Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Melbourne University.
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2006 State of Australian Public Affairs Summary RP

The 2006 State of Australian public Affairs provides the latest information on the management of the Public Affairs function. This summary covers organisational structure, strategic planning, resources and public affairs activities.
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A view from the Top: Business ethics and leadership RP

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 Paper RP
Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee

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Issues Management Presentation by Professor John Mahon RP

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 Mahon RP

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 Performance RP

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 activism RP

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 Practice RP

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 Citizenship RP

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 Report RP

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 Stage RP

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 NGOs RP

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 1 RP

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 2 RP

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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