International Corporate Philanthropy Day
Today is International Corporate Philanthropy Day, an annual international advocacy day led by CECP to build awareness of corporate-community partnerships and to inspire businesses around the world to engage further. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has sent a special message to global business leaders at CECP's Board of Boards CEO Conference in support of International Corporate Philanthropy Day.
Companies and partner organizations around the world are participating in International Corporate Philanthropy Day. Here are some initiatives submitted by our member companies to recognize ICPD (visit the ICPD Member Initiatives section of our website for full descriptions):
- Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation announced on ICPD combined community giving of $38 million in 2011, compared with more than $36.8 million in 2010.
- The Allstate Foundation will use International Corporate Philanthropy Day to kick off its 60th anniversary celebration by inviting Allstate employees to identify innovative community service organizations across the country.
- Bloomberg President and CEO Dan Doctoroff will serve as a panelist at CECP’s 7th annual Board of Boards CEO Conference in New York City. Last year alone, Bloomberg’s philanthropic efforts reached more than 60 cities worldwide in the areas of health, sustainability, literacy, social welfare, and the arts.
- Con Edison will light the iconic clock tower atop Con Edison’s Manhattan headquarters blue and green Monday in celebration of International Corporate Philanthropy Day.
- General Mills is celebrating International Corporate Philanthropy Day by releasing the results of the company’s global volunteer survey that shows that employees, no matter where they work around the world, are engaged in making a difference in their communities.
- The Hartford is supporting Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood, home to the company's headquarters for more than 90 years, and engaged in a multi-year campaign that champions U.S. Paralympic athletes and their dedication to achieve their goals.
- Infosys is contributing actively to community welfare with a focus on five major themes: Health, Education, Art, Rural Welfare and Rehabilitation and Targeted Inclusive Growth (HEART).
- Meritor, Inc. has developed a new volunteerism program called the “Power of Volunteering,” including a goal of 40,000 hours per year for employee volunteer activities by 2020.
- Microsoft announced that its 2011employee giving campaign was the largest since the program began in 1983, with $100.5 million donated and matched for community organizations and nonprofits, bringing the total amount of money raised by Microsoft employees to $946 million.
- Moody’s will host a Volunteer Fair, distribute $25 “giving cards” to all employees to support a philanthropic project of their choice, and launch a new volunteer program, Moody’s Interview University, among other events.
- Roshan is collaborating with d.light to replace kerosene lamps in households across Afghanistan with durable, solar powered lanterns through the Gift of Light Project.
- Samsung will gift its sixth assistance dog to a school in the U.S. with the help of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services. On ICPD, Samsung will raise awareness among employees about its partnership with NEADS and the benefits these dogs bring to children and adults with disabilities.
- State Farm's Youth Advisory Board will be implementing a new grant opportunity for 40 communities to receive a $25,000 grant to improve their community in recognition of ICPD.
- Travelers today released its first digital Community Giving Report, “In Their Own Words,” reinforcing the company’s commitment to economic opportunity through interviews with employees, nonprofits, students, and executives.
- The Verizon Foundation will strengthen its focus on education by infusing technology into schools to bridge the learning gap and foster achievement.
- Western Union today announced a suite of services specifically for non-profit organizations. The new options, available worldwide, will simplify how these organizations collect and move money, cutting their costs and enabling them to focus fewer resources on administration and more on their key missions.
Board of Boards CEO Conference
CECP’s 7th Annual Board of Boards (BoB) CEO Conference, being held today at the McGraw-Hill Companies in New York, gathers CEOs representing global corporations, providing them the opportunity to speak candidly with their peers about pressing issues in corporate giving. Two panels at the event will focus on the role of CEOs in communicating with two important stakeholder groups--consumers and investors. Poll questions throughout the conference will gauge CEO opinion on barriers to and transparency in community engagement.
The CEO Conference will feature panelists Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry Group PLC; Daniel L. Doctoroff, President and CEO, Bloomberg; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; and Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather.
International delegations of leading global CEOs from Brazil and India will attend the conference and contribute their perspectives. The Brazil delegation is led by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazil’s former President, who will provide an opening statement. The luncheon keynote speaker is David M. Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell, and Co-Chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum.
A summary of conference proceedings and commentary will be available soon through an Executive Report and video highlights, which will be posted on the CECP site.
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|CECP Events for ICPD
In addition to the Board of Boards CEO Conference, CECP is organizing other events to bring awareness to the importance for corporate giving globally on International Corporate Philanthropy Day.
Leading corporate giving officers from companies including Colgate-Palmolive, KPMG LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Merck, PNC, PepsiCo, and United Technologies Corporation, will ring The Opening Bell SM at the New York Stock Exchange with CECP.
This evening, landmarks around the world, including Trafalgar Square in London; the Empire State Building, Con Edison Tower, and 55 Water Street in New York; the clock tower of the Wrigley Building in Chicago; and several buildings in Alabama will light in the colors of ICPD, blue and green, to mark the occasion.
|Watch for ICPD in the News!
Many of our CEO members will be talking to the media on ICPD to share their stories and explain why ICPD is meaningful to them. Visit our CECP in the News page for links to articles on ICPD.
Our partners will be highlighting ICPD in their blogs and in social media, including:
• CDC Development Solutions Borderless Blog
• Volunteer Match
We are also excited to announce that CECP’s Margaret Coady has been tapped as an expert for Huffington Post's Impact blog. Check out the blog on ICPD to see her inaugural post.
|Get involved in ICPD!
|To learn more about how to get involved in ICPD and engage in your communities, today and throughout the year, download the ICPD Toolkit.
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|Partner Organization Events
|CECP is collaborating with cross-sector partners to hold concurrent events today, such as:
- A Billion+Change is holding a celebration and learning session about their national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of skills-based and pro bono volunteer services from corporate America by 2013.
- Admical is organizing on ICPD the signing of the Charter on Corporate Philanthropy by Luc Chatel, the Minister of Education, Youth and Charities, along with 30 other new signatories. Admical will also release on ICPD a special survey dealing with the allocation of corporate philanthropy cash flows.
- Comunitas, in Brazil, is arranging for the delegation of CEOs from Brazil, led by President Cardoso, to attend CECP's Board of Boards CEO Conference. In addition, Comunitas will issue a special newsletter and press release explaining the day and its importance to Brazil.
- Council on Foundations will hold a twitter chat on ICPD to engage the community on the issues, encourage cities and states around the country to enact ICPD proclamations, and share information through their newsletter and blog.
- EF released a Global Health Initiative Guide to provide a context for health issues among other global challenges, a summary of the primary impediments to global health and examples of ways that companies, governments, and nonprofits are using their strongest resources to be part of the solution.
- iMentor, a leading youth mentoring organization in New York City, will celebrate the recent announcement of the 100 Mentor Pledge in partnership with 10 companies that are committed to serving New York City’s youth: Accenture, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg LP, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young LLC, Goldman Sachs, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Morgan Stanley, and UBS.
- UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Office for Partnerships will host a special afternoon program on opportunities for philanthropy to help advance the Millennium Development Goals. The event on February 27, 2012, will focus on "Breaking new ground: Partnerships for more and better jobs for young people."