We encourage our employees to contribute their time and skills to charity. Many of our companies give employees paid time off to volunteer. This benefits our business as well as the charity because it contributes to job satisfaction and motivates our people. Some recent examples of employee volunteering include:
- Burson-Marsteller US participated in the 2007 Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society. Two B-M employees, who are Hodgkin’s Disease survivors, served as co-chairs, raising more than $40,000 from colleagues around the world.
- MediaCom employees are asked to spend a minimum of one day a year (paid for by the company) working for a charity of their choice as part of their Giving Back program.
- VML employees participated in the American Cancer Society’s annual ‘Shave to Save’ program, where people shave their heads to raise awareness and money. They made a total of $130,000 for the Hope Lodge in Kansas City, which provides free accommodation for adult cancer patients and family members travelling to Kansas City to undergo cancer treatment.
Many Group executives give their time as charity trustees and advisors.
For example: Matt Anthony, CEO of VML is a board member of the American Cancer Society; Walter Montgomery, CEO of Robinson Lever & Montgomery is a member of the board of directors for Project Hope; Lothar Leonhard, Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, Germany and Switzerland is on the Founder’s Board for WWF; Jorge Rodriguez, President of JWT Puerto Rico is a director at the Red Cross.