Three Steps to Showing Tangible Economic Impact in Underserved Communities

Socially conscious companies are increasingly focusing their CSR programs on underserved communities that lack proper access to markets and human capital. This is largely driven by the growing wealth gap and the powerful role that minority entrepreneurs are increasingly playing in economic growth. Although minority-owned firms are generally smaller in terms of almost all metrics of business size (e.g. employees...

Four Reasons Why Engaging Employees in Corporate Social Impact is Good for Business

Employees are the most important asset of any company. Not only are they the gears that generate revenue, but they can act as valuable channels for public relations and marketing, as they are the most genuine representatives of your brand. Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group) was once quoted as saying: "Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If...

MicroMentor Platform impact in 2016

Significant barriers to economic sustainability lie in the paths of entrepreneurs, particularly for those in underserved communities and developing countries. Rising global unemployment rates mold innovative entrepreneurs from necessity, yet limited access to resources and opportunities for skills development restrict their success. An initiative of Mercy Corps, MicroMentor seeks to support entrepreneurs from an array of backgrounds and experiences through...

3 Ways to Shape Your Employee Engagement Program

Today’s increasingly diverse and socially conscious workforce is looking for more from their employers than a paycheck. In Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, nine out of ten executives cited employee engagement as important or very important to their companies.[1] Yet, it was also surveyed that only 11% of companies have a highly inclusive work environment and only 4%...

Move Your Employee Engagement Storytelling Out of the Shallows and Into the Deep

Powerful stories about employee volunteers can lift your organization’s reputation.  But how do you tell stories that go beyond shallow narrative and move audiences toward a deeper and more lasting connection with your organization and its purpose? Step 1: Charting the Right Course Most employee engagement programs are part of a broader citizenship effort within a company. It‘s important to...

Making Time for Skills-Based Volunteering

We’ve probably all fantasized about what we would do if we had more time. Unfortunately, 24 hours a day is all we get. At the very least we can reduce the amount of time we waste agonizing over the small stuff. Advice from time management gurus often ranges from the more obvious solutions, like turning off email and social media...

Using Data to Champion Your Community Development Program

Creating a positive economic impact in the community is inherently valuable, however when it comes to investing corporate capital, justification is more complex. Although developing local economies is inarguably a “nice thing to do”, business leaders need hard data before taking action. When pitching a potential program with the deciding executive, there are three lines of motivation that can get...

S&P Global launches mentoring pilot for women entrepreneurs, sees early results

S&P Global tackles the challenges women face in launching and growing their businesses—from gender bias to lack of access to capital—with the same skills and insights that make us effective in delivering essential intelligence to our clients. S&P Global Corporate Responsibility recently launched a pilot program with MicroMentor to connect their employees with women entrepreneurs needing guidance, all over the...

Leveraging the power of virtual volunteering to engage employees worldwide

A unified corporate giving program with global impact? A company-wide volunteering program that gives your staff meaningful community engagement?  As a social responsibility or community development manager have you struggled to make a business case for giving back and then found that your efforts lack the impact that would make a difference to you, your employees, your company, and of...

Three Reasons Skills-Based Volunteerism Supports Retention

Driven by the economy, the need to pivot quickly to respond to market demands and perhaps most of all, by a workforce that’s recently been through a recession, employee engagement has a decidedly different face than it did even ten years ago. Here’s a sobering statistic, according to Gallup’s poll of Americans: 68% of workers are not engaged or actively...