Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a wide-ranging concept that can take many forms. It often includes employee volunteer programs, corporate and employee philanthropy, pro-bono work, product donations, socially and environmentally conscious business practices and investments, and many more creative ways by which businesses of all sizes can contribute positively to our world.
What it comes down to, though, is demonstrating a fundamental moral responsibility to be good to the people and world around us.
During this unprecedented time, in the era of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to act with kindness and concern for the people in our communities and globally.
How a company chooses to behave during a time of real challenge can reveal its deeper values and true corporate culture. It can also provide a sense of security and a path forward for employees during a time when we all feel a loss of control, which can then have a ripple effect on how those individuals choose to behave toward others.
Businesses have both an ability and a responsibility to positively impact their employees, customers and communities, and times of uncertainty are critical periods to do so. A global health crisis is an all-hands-on-deck effort unlike any time we’ve experienced in recent history.
For employers, the idea of making health a priority can come to life in many ways through CSR activities, and that can start with a company’s own policies, programs, and events. For example, in the context of this pandemic, simply supporting employees to work from home wherever possible is a pro-social action, helping to reduce community transmission and lessen the burden on our health care systems. This is something Ceridian did early on to help reduce the spread of the virus.
The same can be said for hosting conferences and summits online, to help protect customers, investors and other attendees, while still bringing them together in innovative ways.
Other corporate actions that can have a positive social impact right now include:
In addition to focusing on the health and safety of our employees, customers, and suppliers during this time, Ceridian is also dedicated to supporting our communities by giving where we live. One of the ways we do this is through our employee-driven Ceridian Cares Foundation.
Our foundation provides financial assistance to individuals and families who may otherwise fall through the cracks, helping to fill the gaps for basic needs and quality of life. We often receive requests for help with paying for food, housing, clothing, basic household supplies, medical and mobility devices, and other essential care, for families who are struggling to meet those basic needs.
While not an emergency response service, our foundation will have a role to play in supporting our communities during the economic fallout of this pandemic. We are taking steps to prepare our foundation for the expected influx of applications due to the financial impact of COVID-19, and we hope that our grants will provide relief for people as they try to bridge their financial gaps in the months ahead.
We are also reaching out to food pantries and other non-profits to let them know we can be one more resource in their toolkit for the people who come through their doors. By raising awareness of our grants among their patrons, these organizations can help strengthen the safety net for our communities.
The Ceridian Cares Foundation has over 200 employee volunteers in North America and is funded through employee and corporate donations.