10 Lessons from Top Philanthropic Companies of 2015

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Dec 22, 2015 11:40 AM ET

10 Lessons from Top Philanthropic Companies of 2015

We work with socially responsible companies every day. From those championing a volunteer program internally to those who match their employees’ giving to charity, we’ve seen so many incredible companies do great things for their employees, their communities and the world. Today we shine a light on these corporate giving heroes in the hopes their socially responsible efforts will inspire you in 2016. We pulled together the top ten philanthropic companies according to CR’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2015, and created suggestions based on their efforts that companies of all sizes can implement in the New Year.

Take a look at what makes these companies the best in philanthropy and how yours can follow suit:

1. Microsoft

Microsoft is making waves in the philanthropy world in many different ways. The company takes heavy interest in aiding the global fight against human trafficking, as well as global diversity & inclusion, environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing.

“Our approach to human rights is aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and is articulated in the Microsoft Global Human Rights Statement, a broad framework and common set of principles that apply to our business practices.”

Model after Microsoft: Any organization, no matter the size, can develop a human rights policy. It’s an unpredictable process, and will need to be continuously updated as experience is gained, but it is possible with the help of the right resources. Resources, like this one from the United Nations Global Compact Office and OHCHR, are a great starting place for small to medium businesses. Need more inspiration? Check out this list of the UN’s recognized policies from companies around the world.

Read the full list here: http://bit.ly/1J37POZ