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Edelman has launched its seventh Citizenship Report, “Living Our Story"
The new Citizenship report highlights Edelman’s continued commitment to Citizenship and features the initiatives that demonstrate the operationalization of Citizenship in FY17, including the introduction of 10 Citizenship Goals, the implementation of a sustainable procurement policy, and initial steps to align its efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“The launch of our FY17 Citizenship Report marks a significant milestone in the evolution of our Citizenship function and illustrates the ways we are Living Our Story,” said John Edelman, managing director, global engagement and corporate responsibility. “Today, Citizenship needs to be integrated into a company’s purpose and strategy, much like any other company function. As our 2017 Trust Barometer study found, three-in-four respondents believe a business can take actions that both boost profits and improve economic and social conditions. Our 2017 Citizenship Reportdetails what we are doing ourselves to act as a responsible global citizen – for our people, our communities, and our clients.”
The firm’s ongoing effort to operationalize Citizenship resulted in progress in several key areas in FY17:
The introduction of 10 new Citizenship goals that set ambitious environmental, economic, and social targets for the firm in the areas of sustainability, business ethics, procurement, employee training, diversity, pro bono volunteerism, and health & well-being.
The contribution of US $4,176,099 in volunteer time and donations through more than 25,000 hours of professional and general volunteerism, 42 Community Investment Grants, employee giving, and dollar-for-dollar matching initiatives by the Daniel J. Edelman Family Foundation.
The submission of a third response to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The firm submitted its first CDP response in FY15, providing three years of carbon data from Edelman’s hub offices, which comprise nearly two-thirds of its emissions. Consistent with previous years, Edelman’s score showed that it outperformed the average score in its category.
The purchase of renewable energy credits to neutralize 100 percent of Edelman US operations’ scope two emissions; these credits act as a “proof of purchase” for clean energy.
The implementation of a Sustainable Procurement Policy. Through this policy, Edelman requests that its suppliers uphold its commitments, and engage with the firm in a process of continuous improvement around responsible and sustainable purchasing.
To read the Edelman FY17 Citizenship Report, click here.
Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman was named one of Advertising Age’s “Agency to Watch” in 2014; one of Forbes’ “14 Most Influential Agencies of 2014”; and The Holmes Report’s “2016 Global Agency of the Year.” Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014 and was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the third time in 2014. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.