CSR Round-up: Our Favorite Reads This May

April was National Volunteer Month – a four-week-long celebration of volunteers and the causes they give their time to. To help commemorate the month, we invited two leading employee volunteer program (EVP) experts from Nielsen and U.S. Bank to share insight into what makes their programs so successful.

In this month’s round-up, catch a recap of that conversation, plus inspiring EVP success stories from leading companies along with tips on how they did it, a motivational article that’ll help you make the business case for your EVP and a link to Corporate Social Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.

Let’s dive right in.

Okta Launches Apps for Good to Bring Social Impact Tools to Every Business
By Jenna Kozel King for Okta

In April, we attended Oktane 19 to learn about what Okta, Inc., the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, is up to.

Joining the ranks of innovative giving solutions for companies, the company announced a new category of apps within the Okta Integration Network called Apps for Good. This release enables workforces to quickly engage with social impact applications including Benevity, Bright Funds, Kiva, YourCause and VolunteerMatch, and empowers Okta’s 6,100 enterprise customers to connect with social good causes.

The Business Case for Employee Volunteer & Skills Giving Programs
By Sarah Ford for America’s Charities

Companies can no longer afford not to have engaging employee volunteer and giving programs. We wrote a similar blog about the disadvantages of not having one, and now, Sarah Ford of America’s Charities helps crunch numbers to address the cost of attrition vs. the cost per employee for your EVP.

She also dives into the ten reasons employees often leave companies and shares compelling research to make the case that volunteering can help curb disengagement and retain top talent.

Purpose at PIMCO | The Power of Partnerships & Knowing Your Why
By Amber Skalsky for YourCause

We love reading stories about companies who successfully align employee passions with company purpose.

PIMCO, an American investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California, is one such case. The organization recently evolved its community engagement platform to give employees access to better giving tools and resources. Their new framework aligns employee passions and interests with the organization’s values and the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). Learn how they did it.

Evolving Your Employee Volunteer Program for Greater Impact & Participation
By Basil Sadiq for VolunteerMatch Solutions

As National Volunteer Month came to a close in April, we brought together two experts to share how they lead employee volunteer programs at their organizations.

Andrea Bertels from Nielsen and Jamie Inn from U.S. Bank had an engaging conversation around how they motivate their employees to sign up for and log volunteer hours, track the success of their program and align their company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts with the UN’s SDGs.

100 Best Corporate Citizens
By Corporate Social Responsibility Magazine

Corporate Social Responsibility Magazine has released their 20th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list – a detailed evaluation that measures companies’ social and civic efforts. Data is compiled from publicly available information and there is no fee for companies to be evaluated, which enables the rankings to remain objective.

The 2019 ranking is led by Owens Corning, followed by Intel, General Mills, Campbell Soup and HP Inc. Twenty-seven companies are new to the ranking this year including VolunteerMatch clients Allstate and Delta Airlines!

Stories from Our Clients
By Multiple Authors for Multiple Sources

We continue to see companies step up their sustainability efforts, helping fill in gaps left by policymakers. In this month’s round-up, we want to take the opportunity to highlight some of the exceptional work VolunteerMatch clients are doing.

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, for example, weighed in on what it takes to support Medicare-for-All, JetBlue announced a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to examine the connection between natural resources and tourism and Starbucks teamed up with US Bank to hook two solar farms up to help power approximately 360 Starbucks stores in Texas.

Kudos to these companies for coming together to make a positive impact on our future!

Have you read any interesting CSR articles lately? Share your favorite reads in the comments section below.


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