From water filters that serve the developing world, to banking products that encourage investments in energy efficiency, to action-focused mobile engagement platforms, companies across all industries are empowering their employees to apply their professional expertise to develop solutions to business and social challenges. Distinguished from employee team and skills-based volunteerism, employee-led product innovation is a powerful engagement tool that drives business, social, and environmental impact.
Corporate Citizenship is often described as a “journey,” but how many of us really have a map. Are we travelers on someone else’s path; blazing new trails; and/or just preparing for the next storm? As corporate citizenship practitioners we must continuously be more deliberate and intentional in everything we do. Our role isn’t just to create programs, it is to steer and align assets to have the greatest business and social impact. How do we create a map to not only guide our journey, but more importantly, to bring the rest of our company along with us? Here are a few steps to get started: