Sometimes the best giving comes from corporations. We love seeing big business dedicate time and funds to champion the not for profit causes significant to them. Participating in projects that enrich and nurture our communities keeps the corporate conscience honest, creates a climate of giving, and adds character and integrity to the company culture.
On Thursday, May 23rd sister telecommunications giants Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation did just that; hosting a service day in the name of Harlem Grown. Founded by Tony Hillery, the organization grows urban farms in Harlem with the goal of connecting our communities to nature and green spaces, read: healthier foods. “You have pizza, fried chicken, fried fish, fried everything. I couldn’t get a healthy meal,” Hillery told Emma LaPerruque last year. “I said to myself: Why not do something?”
That something became partnering with the New York City Parks Department, neighborhood schools and residents and repurposing an empty lot into a “living classroom” urban and at-risk children get the scoop on topics like agriculture and food sourcing. Dimension Data’s Day of Service found employees lending a hand in these spaces, which increase access and experiential learning opportunities for kids who may not otherwise interact with nature.
In a release, Dimension Data head of Human Resources championed their commitment to service. “Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Heads, Hearts and Hands, spans the breadth of our global business, involving 51 countries in five regions,” she said. “This day of service allowed us to help Harlem Grown, and provided employees in New York City – our U.S. headquarters – with a fantastic opportunity to give back.”
What’s more, to encourage action employees are granted eight annual hours of paid time-off solely for the purpose of aiding charities of their choice. This was Dimension Data’s fifth year hosting a day of service and NTT’s third joining in. Doesn’t it inspire you to be more active in your company’s corporate responsibility efforts? With bigger and better resources you can make a greater impact. Now that’s haute!