July 08, 2020

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Thomas Knowlton


Thomas W. Knowlton, partner and director of the Corporate Practice at TCC Group, has extensive experience in the field of corporate citizenship. Since joining TCC Group, Knowlton has worked with a number of corporate clients, primarily leading strategic planning projects and developing high impact programs and approaches that fully mobilize a company’s unique resources to provide significant social and business impact.

Knowlton has deep experience in the retail, financial services, energy and health industries; recent clients include ConocoPhillips, Ascena Group, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, Medtronic, Starwood, Independence Blue Cross, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, Monsanto, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Nestle Waters North America, Coca-Cola, Hess, Chevron, Computer Associates, and Kraft.  Relevant nonprofit projects include strategy assistance for Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and United Way Worldwide’s efforts to refine their partnership approach with corporations.

Knowlton writes and speaks extensively on the subject of corporate citizenship. He recently developed and is presenting around the country on a framework for “Successful Corporate Citizenship – What Sets Leading Companies Apart”, identifying the key elements of building an effective corporate citizenship approach. His most recent briefing paper, “Mobilizing Resources: A Unified Business Approach to Corporate Community Involvement,” focuses on the evolving role of corporate philanthropy within the company’s corporate citizenship framework.

Prior to joining the firm, Knowlton spent six years at The Council on Economic Priorities, most recently as the Executive Director. The Council’s work focused on tracking, evaluating and reporting on the corporate social responsibility records of Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to overseeing the management and development of the Council, Knowlton was involved in the strategic development and planning of an affiliate, Social Accountability International, which created SA8000, an international labor standard now being endorsed by companies with labor sourcing requirements such as Avon and Toys R Us.

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