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Episode #66 aired live on Jan. 9, 2013. Listen on-demand right here.
Truth time! On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your corporate social responsibility program.
If it’s below 5 (you know who you are), our panel of experts may inspire you to raise the bar in 2013.
Daniel Elliott: “International corporate volunteer programs are a win-win-win proposition. The host organizations gain access to pro bono world-class consulting services, volunteers gain a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and companies enhance their brand and increase exposure to new markets.”
Rebecca Wang: “The betterment of our society is not a job to be left to a few. It is a responsibility to be shared by all.” – David Packard
Gared Jones: “Global corporations are playing a catalytic role in accelerating community engagement around the world, transforming the way individuals, organizations and societies think and operate – in essence promoting a global culture of service and volunteering. They are also being transformed by these experiences as they continue to innovate how they impact local communities.”
Evan Welsh: “Garbage can be good.” (Referring to Evan’s mission to create a communications plan for the “catadores” garbage collector association in Brazil.)
Join us for smart business talk about the value of Corporate Social Responsibility to your company, your industry and your world.
Meet our panelists:
Daniel Elliott is Program Manager at CDC Development Solutions, an international development organization, whose mission is to reinvent how public, private, and social interests converge to address global challenges. One way in which they do this is through the design, implementation and impact measurement of International Corporate Volunteer programs for over a dozen corporations. Daniel is the key client manager for SAP’s Social Sabbatical Program and was responsible for helping SAP launch the pilot teams deployed to Brazil, South Africa and India in 2012. Previously, Daniel was the Director of International Research at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a political consulting and public opinion research firm. He was named one of the “Top 99 Under 33” Foreign Policy leaders by the Diplomatic Courier Magazine in 2011 and has been published in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rebecca Wang is a member of the small but mighty community engagement team within HP’s Sustainability and Social Innovation team. She is responsible for employee engagement in the community for HP’s 320,000 employees around the globe. Her specific responsibilities include creating and managing the company’s global skills-based/pro bono volunteering program. Additionally, Rebecca works closely with the HP Company Foundation during times of disaster to engage employees through giving and volunteering. Prior to joining HP in 2010, Rebecca spent several years focused on raising her children and donating her skills to her local community and the public schools her sons attend. She is very familiar with employee engagement and disaster relief in her previous role with Cisco Systems and the Cisco Systems Foundation between 2000-2007. Rebecca holds a Communications degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan.
Gared Jones is Vice President of Global Service at Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizing millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities in more than twenty countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30million hours of service each year. Gared leads Points of Light’s international efforts, including building its international operating network of innovative volunteer organizations and supporting global corporate partners to deepen their impact through volunteering. Previously, Gared worked with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in India and Deloitte Consulting in Africa and North America.
Evan Welsh, Head of Sustainability and CSR Corporate and Product Media Relations at SAP, started at SAP on Valentine’s Day, and says, “It’s been a love affair ever since”. His primary area of focus consists of telling the SAP story to leading media around the world, focusing increasingly on social media and regularly giving presentations on the topic. Prior to SAP, he served as director of public relations and communications for The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Evan has also taught English and writing courses at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Growing up, he lived in Switzerland for nine years and graduated from the Kantonsschule in Zofingen. In July 2012, he spent one month in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, participating in SAP’s first social sabbatical program