Corporate Responsibility in the Spotlight: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
After reading Kathy Gu’s review of Benevity's 2016 Goodness Matters User Conference on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) website, we thought it would be a good time to pick her brain for insights that are sure to be interesting to anyone running corporate giving programs. We got a chance to catch up with Kathy recently about workplace giving, employee engagement and the corporate responsibility field in general. Her replies paint a picture of the evolving world of the CR professional, and how both Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and SVCF are engaging people, connecting with communities and creating meaningful charitable impact.
1. Let’s start with a little background. What does your employee program, HPE Gives, look like now vs. three years ago? How has it evolved?
Quite a lot has changed in just the past year. Hewlett Packard Enterprise itself only came into existence in November 2015, following the HP separation. While this massive corporate event created uncertainty and challenges (especially since the timing overlapped with HPE moving to Benevity), it also presented a fresh start in many ways. The program got a new name, became available to all HPE employees globally (previously only available in the US) and incorporated volunteer time matching. And of course, a sleek new interface thanks to Benevity! The excitement and energy around HPE as a new company benefited HPE Gives, and as we approach HPE's first anniversary, we are developing more programming to engage employees in giving (in a holistic sense of the word) all year round. Because HPE is such a large company with employees scattered throughout the world, the ultimate goal for HPE Gives is to drive local impact at a global scale.