Cisco Listed in SmartRecruiters Top 10 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

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Cisco Listed in SmartRecruiters Top 10 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 4:45pm

Corporate conscience is about giving back to the communities that keep your business afloat, maybe even ones beyond your reach. Having a social good culture let’s your employees know they are working for something that is bigger than themselves; their business is not one dimensional and more importantly, it cares about people. I am firm believer that what you put into the world is exactly what you’re going to get out of it. People want to do things that matter, companies that encourage employees to participate in volunteerism and giving back are creating fulfilling environments to work in.

Businesses have unique opportunities to give back to communities in a way that amplifies the intentions of their employees and company mission. These 10 companies know how to make an impact beyond their headquarters:

10. Toms ”One for one” motto is a well known phrase. They’ve recently upped the ante by donating a portion of their sunglass sales to vision care for children in need. But it’s not just consumers that are involved in Toms’ social good, it’s employees as well. Toms’ employees participate in an annual Shoe Drop where they travel and donate a variety of goods to children. Their careers page specifically calls for employees that want to change lives and be a part of a movement.

9. LinkedInOne Friday each month LinkedIn’s employees participate “InDay.” InDay’s purpose is to give back to the community through employee volunteerism and resources. Each InDay has a different theme allowing diverse departments to come together for a common cause. InDay activities range from guest speakers discussing global justice, to initiating global learning programs,  and volunteering in local communities.

8. PG&E does its part to serve the communities of California. On Earth Day employees help clean and restore 18 state parks. They are exemplary members of Habitat for Humanity and volunteer by providing solar panels on new Habitat homes. Employee volunteerism hits inside the home as well by participating in various food programs providing those struggling to make ends meet with care packages and thousands of pounds of groceries. The employees clearly care about their Coast.

7. Zappos is a company creating a social impact with a shoebox. Zappos is known for a company culture that focuses on the well being of their employees and they are on a mission to make the world a better place, for everyone. They also donate huge amounts of Zappos goods to tons of charitable organizations. Their employees are paid for time off if they are volunteering, because Zappos knows 9-5 isn’t the only work that matters.

6. General Electric’s employees volunteer over 1 million hours per year! Donations from the GE foundation have supported senior centers, children with autism, literacy programs, and neglected urban spaces among many other programs. On Global Community Days, GE coordinates company-wide to address urgent projects around the world. GE knows that a helping hand starts in your backyard extends across the world.

5. Cisco’s initiatives cover every aspect of daily life. Global projects provide education, healthcare, economic empowerment, and disaster relief to areas in need. Cisco employee’s log more than 160,000 volunteer hours around the world in a year. Teams of Cisco employees called Civic Councils get involved in their local communities by organizing events and donation projects. Cisco asks their employees to, “be a part of the equation. You + Networks= Impact Multiplied.”

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