Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He also edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy and Elpis.org, a recycled paper bag/magazine distributed from health food stores in London, formerly his hometown for over a decade....
WellPoint Presents 2012 CSR Results
Health care provider WellPoint has announced the results of its 2012 support for CSR organizations dealing with health issues. The company supported the activities of a number of organizations across the country that included the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the Oasis Institute.
In total, WellPoint distributed $25 million to organizations it supported. Company employees, their friends and families, also got engaged in doing good during the company's Community Service Day on 28 April 2012. On the occasion, more than 3,500 WellPoint associates, friends and family members volunteered at 170 nonprofit organizations across the country. They planted 202 trees, sorted 48,260 pounds of food for distribution, beautified 56 acres of land, engaged with 750 seniors and children, and made countless other contributions to the individuals and organizations they volunteered to serve in their local community.
"Many of our associates regularly volunteer, but we are proud to bring the full strength and spirit of our company together once a year for an extra special day of projects," said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. "Best of all, in many cases, the new connections our associates make with the local nonprofits continue long after the conclusion of the event."
In addition, for its annual Associate Giving Campaign, the company matched employee donations to generate $6.7 million for six charities: the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Community Health Charities,Feeding America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the United Way. The campaign allows WellPoint associates to not only select which of the eligible charities they wanted to support, but also to direct their gifts to thousands of local chapters and affiliated charities within the campaign's charities. Associate contributions are backed by a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation - increasing the impact of each dollar contributed.
"Creating healthier futures for children, adults and seniors is at the core of everything we do," said Chrisman. "Through formal and informal programs, WellPoint and the WellPoint Foundation support organizations and programs across the United States making improvements in health. These efforts are strengthened by the generosity of WellPoint's more than 36,000 associates who make donations of their time and their charitable dollars throughout the year."
WellPoint's charitable and community-focused activities are conducted through four primary channels: WellPoint Foundation grants; an annual Community Service Day; the WellPoint Associate Giving Campaign; and community sponsorships. Together, these activities total more than $47 million in current and ongoing community support.
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