Have you heard of companies becoming “socially conscious?” There are a growing number of corporations starting to volunteer and give back to their communities in creative and innovative ways.Corporate social responsibility is either through encouraging employee participation or through working with charitable organizations. Many businesses and corporations have created their own foundations to volunteer and help those in need.
Here’s a list of five of America’s biggest companies and the ways they are giving back to the community:
• Cintas Corporation.
The service clothing and uniform giant, has been a particularly active business when it comes to charitable contributions and volunteer work—one of their biggest is the Matthew 25: Ministries, providing humanitarian assistance to residents in the United States and in over 25 developing countries, in addition to almost 400 organizations who aim to volunteer throughout North America.
McDonald’s has a tremendous worldwide corporate presence, and are one of the major business leaders who volunteer and get involved in the. McDonald’s corporate focus has been on the needs of children with the popular Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), in addition to teaching health, youth sports and athletics.
• Yum! Brands.
The giant fast-food chain does a lot to volunteer and give back to the people who make them so popular—kids and teens. Yum! Brands charitable works include YUMeals Program, as well as individually branded programs from: Taco Bell Teen Programs, Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program and KFC Colonel’s Scholars.
• Verizon Wireless.
Verizon offers The Hope Line, a recycling program that supports victims of domestic violence. This helpful business also encourages employee’s to volunteer and participate in community programs.
• Radio Shack.
The electronics business focuses on environmental sustainability through a partnership with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. They also are heavily involved with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.