On ICPD, CECP is hosting the Board of Boards CEO Conference, lighting landmarks around the world, and ringing The Opening Bell℠ of the New York Stock Exchange. But ICPD is much more than just CECP’s events. From providing solar powered lanterns to families in Afghanistan to issuing robotic tele-presence devises to schools around the U.S., CECP members are engaged in concrete actions that are making a difference worldwide. On our 9th year of recognizing ICPD, the community has quite a bit to report.
Some of the many initiatives announced by CECP members on ICPD include:
- Bloomberg President and CEO Dan Doctoroff will serve as a panelist at CECP’s 7th annual Board of Boards CEO Conference in New York City. Last year alone, Bloomberg’s philanthropic efforts reached more than 60 cities worldwide in the areas of health, sustainability, literacy, social welfare and the arts.
- Meritor, Inc. has developed a new volunteerism program called the “Power of Volunteering,” including a goal of 40,000 hours per year for employee volunteer activities by 2020.
- Moody’s will host a Volunteer Fair, distribute $25 “giving cards” to all employees to support a philanthropic project of their choice, and launch a new volunteer program, Moody’s Interview University, among other events.
- Samsung will gift its sixth assistance dog to a school in the U.S. with the help of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS). On ICPD, Samsung will raise awareness among employees about its partnership with NEADS and the benefits these dogs bring to children and adults with disabilities.
- Roshan is collaborating with d.light to replace kerosene lamps in households across Afghanistan with durable, solar powered lanterns through the Gift of Light Project.
- The Verizon Foundation will strengthen its focus on education by infusing technology into schools to bridge the learning gap and foster achievement.
ICPD is also a day to recognize important partnerships that make corporate giving possible. Corporations around the world would not be able to carry out their good work without the thought leadership and people power that non profits and other cross sector partners provide. The following CECP partners are recognizing ICPD:
- A Billion+Change is holding a celebration and learning session about their national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of skills-based and pro bono volunteer services from corporate America by 2013.
- Admical is organizing on ICPD the signing of the Charter on Corporate Philanthropy by Luc Chatel, the Minister of Education, Youth and Charities, along with 30 other new signatories. One hundred fifty companies and organizations have already signed this Charter. Admical will also release on ICPD a special survey dealing with the allocation of corporate philanthropy cash flows.
- CDC Development Solutions will be publishing a blog article on and about ICPD in their Borderless Blog, as well as promoting ICPD through their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- Comunitas, in Brazil, is arranging for the delegation of CEOs from Brazil, led by President Cardoso, to attend CECP's Board of Boards CEO Conference. In addition, Comunitas will increase awareness of ICPD in their business community by issuing a special newsletter and press release explaining the day and its importance to Brazil.
- Council on Foundations will hold a twitter chat on ICPD (using the day's hash tag #ICPD) to engage the community on the issues, encourage cities and states around the country to enact ICPD proclamations, and share information through their newsletter and blog.
- EF released a Global Health Initiative Guide to provide a context for health issues among other global challenges, a summary of the primary impediments to global health and examples of ways that companies, governments, and nonprofits are using their strongest resources to be part of the solution.
- iMentor, a leading youth mentoring organization in New York City, will celebrate the recent announcement of the 100 Mentor Pledge in partnership with 10 companies that are committed to serving New York City’s youth: Accenture, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg LP, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young LLC, Goldman Sachs, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. iMentor will match the companies’ employees with students from its partner schools in one-on-one mentoring relationships that will last up to four years.
- UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Office for Partnerships will host a special afternoon program on opportunities for philanthropy to help advance the Millennium Development Goals. The event on February 27, 2012, will focus on "Breaking new ground: Partnerships for more and better jobs for young people."