CSR Round-up: Our Favorite Reads This April

We hope you’re enjoying our round-ups of favorite news and articles on corporate social responsibility (CSR) every month. The 2019 conference season is officially underway, and we’re keeping a pulse on all the conversations happening at key conferences throughout the year. In this month’s round-up, stay up to date on the latest CSR trends by reading takeaways from conferences like Benevity’s Goodness Matters and YourCause’s CSRWorks.

Plus, you’ll get a dose of inspiration to reawaken your employee volunteer program this spring and learn about 25 corporate climate changemakers who are breaking the glass ceiling. Last but not least, you’ll see an invitation for a unique opportunity to hear from your peers and employee volunteer program experts at leading companies later this month.

25 Badass Women Shaking up the Corporate Climate Movement
By Heather Clancey for GreenBiz

March was National Women’s History Month – a month-long initiative aimed at recognizing the impact and achievements of women. To help celebrate, GreenBiz Group featured stories from 25 women shaking up the corporate climate change movement, including Google’s Head of Energy Strategy, Global Infrastructure, Neha Palmer to New York House Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

A great reminder on Earth Day, take a moment to read through this list and learn about all the remarkable women in sustainability who are protecting our planet through their work.

Purpose at Work: How Clif Bar Drives Business Growth Through Higher Purpose
By Simon Mainwaring for Forbes

Instilling a sense of purpose in your employees is no easy task. Every once in a while, we’ll see a company do this exceptionally, and when we do, it’s worth a shout out. Clif Bar & Company has come to light as a perfect example of a company doing just that.

Aside from having an engaging employee volunteer program, Clif Bar & Company nurtures their teams and talent by paying employees a liveable wage across the organization and joining conversations that identify solutions for closing the gender pay gap.

Here’s where they go the extra mile: they commit to sustainable business practices by supporting the economic livelihood of farmers who contribute quality ingredients across their supply chain.

How to Strengthen Your Company From Within by Volunteering
By Tanya Hall for Inc. Magazine

The case for having an employee volunteer program is no longer a weak one.

In today’s business landscape, these programs are vital in helping companies recruit and retain top performing employees. Yet without understanding the benefits and anticipating outcomes of an employee volunteer program (EVP), it can be hard to chart a strategy that’s ripe for engagement.

In this article, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group, Tanya Hall, outlines five ways a corporate volunteer program can instill purpose within their employees – from fostering team connection to learning new skills.

Top 5 Trends from Goodness Matters 2019
By Benevity Staff for Benevity

We’re already four months into 2019, and the CSR conference season is well underway.

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, we’re keeping an ear to the ground on conversations happening at these events. So far, we’re hearing more experts advocate for instilling purpose and authenticity in their messaging.

Benevity captures five themes that emerged during their conversations with over 400 CSR professionals who attended this year’s Goodness Matters. Check out success stories from companies like T-Mobile, LUSH, TripAdvisor, and VolunteerMatch’s latest partner, Okta, by reading these takeaways.

2019 Industry Review
By Blackbaud Staff for Blackbaud

Earlier this month, YourCause unveiled their 2019 Industry Review at CSRWorks – their annual conference for CSR professionals. The review contains some of the most comprehensive data we’ve seen around employee giving, volunteerism and sustainability. It also includes up-to-date insights around corporate giving by cause area and geographic impact.

What’s new in the report this year is corporate alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You’ll read about up on how companies are aligning their mission and purpose with SDGs, along with specific actions your company can take to further its sustainability programs.

[Webinar] Evolving Your Employee Volunteer Program for Greater Impact & Participation
By Basil Sadiq for Volunteering is CSR

Next Tuesday, April 30 at 1:00-1:45 PM ET / 10:00-10:45 AM PT, get inspired by a panel conversation led by employee volunteer program and engagement experts at Nielsen and U.S. Bank. You’ll learn how they listen to their community’s needs, build successful nonprofit partnerships, boost employee participation, measure the success of their programs and more.

Come prepared to ask questions and join the conversation. Spaces are limited in this free webinar, so reserve your seat today. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have you been to any CSR conferences or events this year? Share something you learned in the comments.

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