Our History

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center was founded in May 2000. It stemmed from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's informal creation of corporate public service coalitions and the fact that corporate citizenship was an emerging area of business management strategy.

The October 1999 U.S. Chamber Conference titled "Corporate Responsibility and Globalization" resulted in the establishment of the Center for Corporate Citizenship to "support business efforts to work with governments, lending institutions, NGOs and community groups to address corporate responsibility issues."

For more than a decade, our programs and events have grown in both reputation and in the scope of the issues covered. Our mission grew to address the link between social and community progress, economic development, and trust-building between business and its stakeholders. In 2006 the organization was renamed the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) to reflect the expanded mission. From 2006 - 2013, we were known as the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and in 2014, BCLC became the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center to reflect our new organizational structure.