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This article by Ben Schiller in Fast Co.Exist uses psychology to suggest the idea that CSR policies give companies and their CEOs a “moral license” to break the rules. Just because you do good in one area doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t become pure evil in another. This can strike any company at any time, says Ben…
This post on the BSR blog gives a first-hand account of a recent meeting of 1,700 representatives from business, government, and civil society for the second UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The main takeaway? Some really exciting things are happening, but we’re a long way from where we should be.
Derrick Feldmann, CEO of Achieve, writes as a guest on the recently launched “Business Doing Good” blog about the social, cultural and economic factors that are responsible for Millennials’ strong insistence on the ability to give back through their employers. Since Achieve is the publisher of the annual Millennial Impact Report, Derrick knows what he’s talking about.
The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held on September 18-19, 2014, and will be hosted by General Motors at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit. The two-day, invitation-only event, to be held at the GM Renaissance Center, will showcase ideas and best practices in corporate volunteering, employee engagement and community impact. In our minds, Detroit is the perfect place to host our Client Summit this year.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held on September 18-19, 2014, and will be hosted by General Motors at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit.
Similar to previous years, this two-day, invitation-only event will showcase ideas and best practices in corporate volunteering, employee engagement and community impact. In attendance at the event will be practitioners and experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), including representatives from the VolunteerMatch family of corporate clients. Session topics will range from inspiring employee giving and measurement of volunteer programs to effective corporate-nonprofit partnerships.
In our minds, Detroit is the perfect place to host our Client Summit this year. We will be able to showcase the variety of programs underway to build resiliency and opportunity in metro Detroit. A point of focus will be United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s high school turnaround initiative that aims to help 90% of students in the Detroit area complete high school prepared for postsecondary study and entry into the workforce by 2018. Through significant financial support, employee volunteerism and other unique programs, both GM and the GM Foundation are playing a large role in this initiative.
“We are looking forward to hosting this important summit that will bring together the brightest minds and the best ideas in volunteerism and corporate philanthropy,” said Sabin Blake, GM’s manager of Cadillac Marketing who also runs the “teamGM Cares” employee volunteer program. “We are dedicated to showcasing the best of GM and Detroit to summit participants, and we are certain they will be inspired by all they encounter.”
At the VolunteerMatch Client Summit last week in New York City we were thrilled to present the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards to five of our outstanding clients. This year’s diverse group of honorees includes repeat performers, powerful newcomers and the team behind an innovative program for residential apartment communities.
Suzane Rhee Brown of Morgan Stanley accepting the Employee Volunteer Program of the Year Award.
In an echo of their victories in 2012, Morgan Stanley and Old National Bank took top honors as Corporate Volunteer Programs of the Year in the Large and Small-Medium Size categories.
AT&T and 1st Source Bank were recognized for having extraordinary and successful first years in the VolunteerMatch network. And four staff members from Prometheus Real Estate Group were acknowledged for their contributions to further the practice of employee and consumer volunteer engagement by companies.
The winners of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards are:
Debby Devenezia of AT&T accepting their Breakout Performance of the Year Award.
EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OF THE YEAR – LARGE SIZED BUSINESS:
Jessica Johnson of Prometheus Real Estate Group poses happily with Greg Price, Chief Services Officer at VolunteerMatch.
The Corporate Volunteer Awards further VolunteerMatch’s mission by recognizing outstanding achievements in volunteer engagement by businesses against a variety of performance benchmarks. The awards were announced during the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit which was help on May 16-17 at New York University.
The CSR Food for Thought series is a weekly roundup of relevant news from around the Web, presented to you in one bite-sized blog post. Follow us on Twitter for CSR news and trends throughout the week: @VM_Solutions
Employee Engagement Is Not A Fad
Network for Good’s Kate Olsen wrapped all we truly believe in one headline: Employee Engagement Is Not a Fad. When done well, it can create deep, meaningful connections that help deliver business results, too.
The Value of Meaningful Work
We see many ties between our first three articles this week. This piece discusses the value of meaningful work – when employees can see how their work benefits customers, society and themselves. This brings us to the need for employee engagement (above) and one new method of engagement through skilled volunteering (also above). Read all three and you’ll be ready to make the case for more employee engagement in 2013 to anyone!
The 3BL Media video team was on location at the 2012 VolunteerMatch Client Summit to capture footage and insights from the annual event. This series of videos captures comments from thought leaders and practitioners about effective community involvement programs.
Here Adobe’s Julia Love (Sr. Program Manager, CSR) talks with 3BL Media about Adobe’s commitment to global employee engagement, the importance of providing its team with tools that are easy to use, and empowering employees around an initiative.
We’re very excited to invite our corporate partners to New York City on May 16-17, 2013 for the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit!
Each year, the VolunteerMatch Client Summit brings together our clients and partners for a day and a half of learning, networking and collaborating. We will welcome an array of guest speakers and thought leaders to share their expertise in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. Don’t miss the only event specifically focused on the challenges and needs of companies part of the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network – mark your calendar today!
Date: May 16-17, 2013 Location: 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY Host: New York University More information coming soon!
View highlights from the 2012 VolunteerMatch Client Summit:
The 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit is an invite-only event for current VolunteerMatch corporate clients. To find out ways to get involved, including becoming a client or sponsoring the event, contact Lauren Wagner.