*This blog was first published at Waxing Unlyrical. By Lisa Holtorf and Dawn Buzynski For most companies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means giving back to the surrounding community. It is typically done by supporting specific organizations either financially, through time and resources, or both. Companies choose to give because it’s the right thing to do, and it directly impacts the communities in which their employees live and work.
Since Strategic America opened its doors almost 40 years ago, finding a way to help others has been at the core of our business. As we approach a season full of gratitude and appreciation, it’s also a time where we are reminded of the importance of giving back. SA and our employees have partnered with a number of organizations to find meaningful ways to give back to the community – whether it be serving on a board, providing our talents and services, volunteering time or raising funds.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an oft-mentioned topic amongst companies big and small, and with its pervasive nature comes a lot of opportunity. For the 35 years of Strategic America’s existence, CSR has played a large role in the company culture, forming the foundation for who we are today. When the agency was founded, CSR was an integral piece to its growth plan and is deeply engrained in the day-to-day business at the agency.
Making a profit is not the only thing companies must be concerned about. Important, of course, but today they need to consider CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility. It’s no longer an option for companies who want to present a positive brand—both for their own employees and the communities they serve. A recent published study indicates that more than 8-in-10 consumers expect companies to be actively involved in causes that benefit their communities, and it’s growing.
Strategic America (SA) always strives to find a better way for our clients and for our company to be successful. Extending our commitment to A Better Way also means our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). As we wrapped up 2012, SA tallied the annual contributions to our community. SA’s charitable contributions exceeded $422,000 and the agency supported 24 organizations with pro-bono services totaling more than 3,100 hours.