By John Howell From medieval occupational guilds to today’s purpose-driven associations, professionals have gathered to share best practices, enhance professional development, and learn how their peers are addressing issues. And, of course, they join together to participate in the crucial network building of like-minded individuals and businesses that yields both insights and new business. The Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) is a state-of-the-art business association for those companies and organizations that have or desire a strong focus on CR. Founded in 2007, the CRA was acquired last year by 3BL Media, the leading distribution service for news and information about corporate responsibility and sustainability. Today, the Association is stronger than ever. Members connect in a variety of ways: at the annual COMMIT!Forum conference, through the Brands Taking Stands Newsletter and the CR magazine, and in Thought Leadership Councils, monthly meetings organized around specific subject areas within CR.