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Advanced Group: Optimas Gold Winner for Corporate Citizenship

Advanced Group's Community Works initiative rewards employees for volunteering and finding humanitarian ways to combat inequality.

Advanced Group knows its employees want to make a difference in the world and be productive toward their community. The Chicago-based consulting group, which focuses on mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and management, makes sure to reward its employees for their community volunteering through its four-year initiative, Community Works.

It is ingrained in the company’s culture to find humanitarian ways to combat local and global inequality. When an Advanced Group employee volunteers their time to make a difference, Community Works provides rewards for the employee and the public. They give monetary donations to nonprofit and volunteer organizations, additional PTO for the employee, and donate money to their future workforce, people with disabilities, veterans and global health care innovation.

According to its Optimas Awards application, the company contributed $165,000 to 44 community organizations, and as of mid-2017 had donated $60,000 to 22 organizations. Making these improvements for the public and the company comes with the culture, thanks to CEO Leo Sheridan.

“Making a difference has been important at Advanced since I started the company almost 30 years ago,” Sheridan said. “Not only do we have a highly engaged workforce, we have an incredible amount of employees who want to give back to the communities we work in. We’re pleased to offer a variety of initiatives that support a strong culture of corporate social responsibility.”

Another benefit the initiative has brought is cutting overall turnover by 20 percent in the organization of more than 380. In the four years of its implementation, the initiative has engaged half of the company’s workforce in corporate responsibility initiatives. True to the company’s mission, it is touching the lives of everyone they serve in multiple ways.

“Our goal is to give back by supporting programs, projects and organizations that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement and address community needs,” reads the firm’s mission statement.

For their efforts engaging with the community and offering employee rewards, Advanced Group is the 2017 Optimas Award Gold winner for Corporate Citizenship.

Read about the rest of our 2017 Optimas winners here