A Message From Our Board Chair
My friends and colleagues hear me talk about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) often because it’s an important part of the work we do. CSR is defined as the responsibility of an organization for the impact of its decisions on society, the environment, and its own prosperity (people, planet, and profit) and businesses are increasingly focused on CSR for good reason.
It is a powerful tool that improves the lives of others, our environment as a whole, and, in particular, the lives of Working Wardrobes’ clients.
From a personal perspective, there is something incredibly dynamic and inspiring to witness dozens of employees from a local organization arriving at our door with their sleeves rolled up, ready to donate their time and hard work for our clients by volunteering in our Career Center.
There is something magical that happens when an organization pools its resources to host a clothing drive, or to provide all-important in kind donations like computers or office supplies, or to sponsor a fundraising event like our recent gala “A Star Spangled Night!” which was hugely successful in helping generate funds our clients need to find jobs and achieve self-sufficiency.
The bottom line? Local businesses, their employees, and their commitment to CSR are critical ingredients for enhancing our operations, extending our reach, and expanding our programs to help even more people in need.
From a business perspective, there is an aspect of CSR organizations often overlook but the benefits can be equally important to companies here in Orange County and around the U.S. Consider the following statistics from various CSR studies:
- Corporations with strong sustainability programs have 43 percent more efficient business processes.
- Fifty three percent of professionals and 72 percent of students say they want to make a social impact.
- By 2020, Millennials will make up nearly 50 percent of the workforce. Ninety one percent of Gen X women and 76 percent of Gen X men say it’s important to contribute to their communities through work, and they rate a company’s cause work as the No. 3 factor when applying for a job.
Not only is CSR good for the community, it’s good for the soul. In addition to boosting morale among your team members, it attracts and retains employees who value a company’s sense of purpose in the world.
I encourage your organization to get involved with Working Wardrobes. Schedule a CSR Day at our Career Center, coordinate a clothing drive, or put a fundraising team together for our November 3rd Walk In Their Shoes 5K Walk / Fun Run. There are a variety of ways you can get involved.
With your help, we can make a greater impact in our community and help even more people realize The Power of a Paycheck. We thank you and our clients thank you.
Working Wardrobes Board Chair