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Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/30/2013 1:22:17 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Eye-opening
Oh, MARY - how can I shake my fists at big corporate behemoths when you spell out for me the dollars and time they are investing in their cities/communities? Darn you :-)

Viacom surprised me the most, followed by Goldman Sachs. 

Thanks for a feel-good story on a weird day in DC, where we are waiting for the other shutdown shoe to drop. (Have you guys blogged about that? Our mayor vows the city and its offices will stay open for business, though we are inextricably linked to Congress in terms of approving our budget and so forth.)

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 12:53:53 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: World examples
These seems like easy enough services to offer at low cost, @mejiac, and the payback and benefit to the company might be pretty good.

There's a reason these incentives are popular, no? They make life a bit better for everyone.

mejiac
mejiac  
9/30/2013 12:29:15 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: World examples
@Mary Jander,

Very true. In my humble opinion, I think one of the reasons companies give back to the local communities, when offshore, is because of the exchange rate.... you're litteray spending significantly less than you would spend in something equivalent in the US/UK.

mejiac
mejiac  
9/30/2013 12:27:16 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: World examples
@Mary Janders,

Johnson & Johnson has a manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic. To the locals, they have all types of helps:

- Health Fairs (they promote bringing in your entire family to health check up

- Assistance during hurricane seasons

- Company events/anniversay and offer many prizes...just to promote wellness

In other companies within some Free Trade Zones belong to a sort of "Union" that provides many financial assistance (similar to a Union Bank), so you can take small loans and very affortable rates.

I've worked at companies that offerd education reimbursments.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 10:29:14 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: World examples
Regarding your point, @mejiac, I wonder whether there isn't some feeling of entitlement among employees and communities "back home" in the US or UK, if companies are helping local manufacturing areas. I'm not suggesting that these offshoring communities shouldn't be helped, just stating that once the largesse starts, there's likely to be some pushback about where it's spent.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 10:26:19 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Ripple Effect
Indeed, @daniyal, a bit of competition won't hurt any effort toward corporate social responsibility. Every bit helps. Sometimes, though, when you start ranking companies, their marketing machinery goes into motion to find ways of ranking themselves at the top, whether they were selected or not. ;>

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 10:23:41 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: World examples
Thanks, @mejiac. I'd love to hear more on the specifics you've seen re: US firms helping local people in manufacturing communities.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 10:21:44 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Many surprises here
Well taken point on how employees  may feel left out of Wal-Mart's charitable giving. I agree that the issues of corporate social responsibility and internal treatment of employees should be two sides of the same coin, @PeterJ. But sadly, if they are separate or disconnected, it may signal that a company embraces social responsibility just for the immediate benefits it brings to the corporation (tax breaks and PR, for instance).

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 10:19:09 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Many surprises here
Great idea to track some of these projects, @PeterJ. BTW, what is the name of that philanthropist in the Providence area?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/30/2013 10:18:14 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Many surprises here
Thanks for your feedback, @BrittanyMichelle6. I welcome any ideas you may have for the list of lesser-known contributors to civic causes, besides Zappos.

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