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CSR Summit action steps: Companies put money and volunteerism to work

Posted by: Stacey Rymal on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:30:00 pm

More than 200 business leaders showed up on a snowy morning last week for the Summit on Business Leadership & Corporate Volunteerism. This discussion about corporate social responsibility brought out prominent business leaders who care about the region and realize that their employees want to work for companies that are about more than just the bottom line.

In the shadow of the poorest big city in America, the role of businesses in making our region better is a compelling topic. If companies work together, there is potential for transformational impact. Through strategic support for nonprofits, businesses can often achieve what governments and changing administrations can’t.

A panel of business leaders discussed how corporate social responsibility, including corporate volunteerism, plays out in their places of work. 

Here are some of the takeaways for Main Line Chamber of Commerce members and friends:

  • Those interested in developing CSR knowledge, sign up and take the free course that the University of Pennsylvania developed with The Satell Institute: Think and Do Thank on Corporate Social Responsibility at
  • At the same website, or by contacting me directly at, find out about becoming a corporate affiliate of The Satell Institute. While there is no cost to participate, companies must pledge at least $100,000 over four years to a single nonprofit of their choice.
  • Join the United Way Corporate Volunteer Council, a simple process that can start by visiting:
  • If you head up your CSR initiatives for a company with 50 or more, and we know for many that is not a full-time job, please contact me to discuss these options and to provide input on what we might do differently for next year’s Summit.

Special thanks to Beneficial Bank CEO Gerard Cuddy, who kicked off the morning program, and our other presenting sponsor Independence Blue Cross, represented by Foundation President the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake. Other major sponsors were First Resource Bank, The Satell Institute, Firstrust Bank, and Stradley Ronon. Thanks also to our leader sponsors:  Brinker Simpson & Co, BB&T Bank, Enterprise Holdings, EY, KYW Newsradio, SolomonEdwards Group, Tozour Energy Systems, USI Affinity/My Benefit Advisor, UnitedHealthcare, Vertex, Inc. and to our Seventh Annual Main Line Gives Back Award winners PJM Interconnection, Hartford Funds, TechWise Group,

Peirce College, Ina Lipman of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and the Beneficial Bank Blue-Gooders. Together these companies are stating that they, and their employees, care.

To read the entire December issue of the Main Line Business Monthly please click here


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