Briefly: By Ginny Harding-Davis
It’s not a surprise that Microsoft and Hasbro led the charge respectively for 2015 in Forbes and Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s, “America’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 2015.
In the realm of employee relations, the company is ahead of its peers. It was one of the first companies to offer flextime, telecommuting, job sharing, family benefits and bereavement leave. It is a strong supporter of STEM education through YouthSpark, and runs code camps and tech competitions for K-12. Microsoft has a huge giving program, matching employee’s gifts of up to $15,000, and when an employee volunteers at a nonprofit, it donates $25/hour to that organization.
Hasbro of RI, famous for Monopoly and Play-Doh, rose 20 places between 2014 and 2015. On human rights, it closely monitors the factories that make its products in China. Hasbro gives over $12.8 Million each year in grants and toys. It also gives employees 4 hours/month paid time off to volunteer.
Having worked with these companies, I was not surprised that Southwest Airlines, Marriott, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and Merck had made the top 100, but I am sure there are some on the list that will surprise you.
Professionally I spent 10 years with Anheuser-Busch Companies and had the privilege of evaluating grant and sponsorship requests. One of the major questions we asked in our evaluations is what kind of impact can this grant make; – to us as a company, to our employees, and to the communities in which we live and work? I am extremely proud of the community work we did all around the country with organizations like YMCAs, Make-A-Wish, Susan G. Komen, and the Olympics, just to name a few. We had a substantial corporate giving program, good shareholder options, but were lagging in several of the seven key areas that qualify the rankings.
Weighted most heavily, are the employee relations and environmental categories, and at that time, great inequity existed in gender pay scales along with the proverbial glass ceiling. Additionally, not much had been done to reduce the carbon footprint of Anheuser-Busch bakeries, breweries, and distributorships.
As we begin our journey with our “Founding Corporate Philanthropy Partners,” perhaps we can do our own internal assessments and see where our companies shine, and where we may fall short. I think we may be well on our way to being referred to as Nevada’s Best Corporate Citizens!
Welcome to the Corporate Philanthropy Partnership! I know you agree that it is time for companies to come together to achieve measurable results, and make a collective difference in our wonderful and growing northern Nevada community, and the Community Foundation looks forward to working with you.
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
Cofounder of Estee Lauder Companies