The Corporate Citizenship award recognizes organizations whose corporate citizenship programs are demonstrably and successfully linked to its employee recruiting, retention and engagement goals. Here are the winners for 2018:
Gold: O.C. Tanner
Giving back to the community has been a part of O.C. Tanner’s culture from the company’s earliest days. The company’s founder, Obert C. Tanner, would ask his accounting team, “What’s our giveability this month?”
Giveability is the Utah-based company’s initiative for measuring how many philanthropic efforts the company can contribute to after its financial reports have been assessed, according to its Optimas application. Today, 10 percent of profits are donated to four areas: the arts, education, human need and the environment.
“Giveability should be a priority at every organization because it extends the value and mission of the company to its surrounding communities,” said Mindi Cox, senior vice president of people and great work at O.C. Tanner. “It allows employees to connect with the community they serve and upholds a company’s social responsibility.”
Among food drives and monetary donations, O.C. Tanner also supports programs such as One Refugee. This program provides education to displaced immigrants and helps pair them with hiring companies. Community efforts are also made based on employee feedback and which organizations they want to donate to. Employees are also provided paid volunteer leave so they can have the time to personally participate in the causes they care about outside of the workplace.
After a number of employees revealed their personal struggles, domestic violence among them, O.C. Tanner started the Tanner Cares Fund as a way to support its workers while providing that same support to outside organizations.
“The fund is created by a company match determined by employee donations to other local charitable causes. This idea grew out of day-to-day, organic interactions with employees and involves pooling both company and employee resources to help support one’s own team,” said Cox.
For its efforts to use Giveablity as a way to give back to the community and help its employees, O.C. Tanner is the 2018 Optimas Award Gold winner for Corporate Citizenship.
Silver: AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah
AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah gives back to the community while increasing employee retention through its AAA Community Champions program.
Community champions serve as managers at AAA locations and are bridges between the community impact team and local communities. The company’s philanthropic efforts focus on child passenger safety, school safety and disaster preparedness, such as earthquakes. By appointing 131 community champions across seven U.S. states, it ingrained the initiative into the business’s culture.
Since launching the program in 2016, the company saw a rise in employee engagement numbers, moving from 82 percent in 2016 to 88 percent in 2017.
AAA also lends its community a hand by providing free car seat inspections and running the AAA School Safety Patrol program, which teaches children leadership skills and safety awareness.
For its efforts to keep its communities safe, AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah is the 2018 Optimas Award Silver winner for Corporate Citizenship.
For its efforts to use StratEx Serves to give back to the community based on employee feedback, StratEx is the 2018 Optimas Award Bronze winner for Corporate Citizenship.