Malcolm Scovil of LeapCR on the Future of CSR and Employee Engagement

Article on Forbes
Dec 16, 2011 12:00 PM ET

Original article by Rahim Kanani, Contributor for Forbes

Recently, I interviewed Malcolm Scovil, Founder and CEO of LeapCR, a network of leading employers around the world committed to innovation in employee engagement and corporate responsibility. Members of the LeapCR community include leading investment banks, insurance companies, government organizations, hotel chains, media groups, recruitment agencies, law firms and over 900 nonprofits.

These organizations form a vibrant global network of peers with access to the latest corporate responsibility policies, procedures, tips and trends. They also gain access to the market-leading LeapCR platform to increase employee engagement in corporate responsibility and measure that impact.   Scovil is an active proponent of business as a force for good and a believer that embedding corporate responsibility into a great company culture is critical to long-term growth, profitability and impact. He writes and speaks frequently on organizational culture and social enterprise and is a founding fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Social Entrepreneurs Network and a featured entrepreneur in the Big Society Network Nexters project. He is also one of the judges in Guardian Sustainable Business Awards of 2012.  Prior to Leap, Malcolm spent several years at venture capital firm Summit Partners and Deutsche Bank.   Rahim Kanani: What was the motivation behind launching LeapCR?   Malcolm Scovil: I was sitting at work one day and had this feeling that something was missing.   It was the summer of 2008 and I’d been working in finance for about 6 years.  First in banking, then I joined one of the private equity firms in London.   Good job. Good money. Good friends. Good family.   But I had this tinge of emptiness inside.  Kind of like I felt my work life was just about trading my time for money.   My Mom called me later that day and sensed something was up.  She’s been a social worker her whole life. Her advice: go volunteer this week.   Yes, ma’am.  Off to Google I went.  A few clicks and I’ll be changing the world said the optimist in me.   55,000 search results makes you think there will be loads of ways to volunteer.  But when I dug a bit deeper I realized the hunt had just begun.  Nothing was easily available online, almost all the opportunities required you call the charity and apply.   Continue reading the original intervierw article on the future of CSR and employee engagement.