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We are energized as Cause Consulting celebrates 20 years of impact using the theme #CourageousTogether. Check out some of our recent work and activities below: 

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Alnylam Releases 2023 Corporate Responsibility Report

Congratulations to Alnylam Pharmaceuticals on their 2023 Corporate Responsibility Report. We’re delighted to be part of Alnylam’s corporate responsibility strategy journey and reporting process since 2019. 

This SASB and GRI aligned report includes updates on Alnylam’s work to increase clinical trial diversity; expansion of theAlnylam Challengers global health equity community impact program; three years of comparative data on energy, water usage, and waste management with 3rd party verification of scope 1, 2, and select scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; expanded patient data; and new employee demographic data disclosures and information on pay equity. 

Special kudos to Cause Consulting’s Virginia Fresne for managing the 7+ month reporting process and the Veerless team for their deep knowledge. 

Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation Announces Strategic Refresh

We are thrilled to share news about our collaboration with the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation (UBCF).

Last month, UBCF announced their refreshed strategy focused on supporting the holistic mental health and well-being of women and teens. UBCF is expanding its impact nationally to empower women and teens by providing resources that enhance confidence, improve physical health, and create a sense of belonging. Through a portfolio of partnerships, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Jed Foundation, Active Minds, and Girls Inc., UBCF will reach diverse and historically underserved communities as it uses the power of beauty as a force or good.

To see a strategy summary, dive into Ulta Beauty’s new 2023 ESG Report or visit the Foundation’s website.  

Mark Feldman Leads Social Impact Business Leader Summit

Corporate social impact practitioners from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Australia participated in a half-day business-only summit to discuss hot topics in our field. Planned and facilitated by Mark Feldman and Cause Consulting, and co-taught with PayPal’s Karen Little and Takeda’s Chris Barr, the summit provided a powerful peer-to-peer learning environment at the kick-off of the annual Engage for Good Conference. Together, we reviewed frameworks to respond to fast-breaking issues and crisis; strategies for refreshing signature social impact programs; and approaches to communicating impact through cross-functional collaboration and storytelling.  

A huge thank you to David Hessekiel for over two decades of friendship and collaboration; and strong congratulations to Muneer Panjwani for taking the EFG reins and hosting a powerful event in Minneapolis. 

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Empower by GoDaddy 2023 Graduates – Better Business Bureau of the Pacific Southwest

Empower by GoDaddy Expands Reach to Diverse Entrepreneurs

As part of its commitment to inclusive entrepreneurship, GoDaddy evaluated its Empower by GoDaddy program with the goal to create opportunities to strengthen its impact and better serve more entrepreneurs. Latinx, LGBTQIA+, veteran, and formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs were identified as stakeholders in need of increased technology-related support. 12 nonprofit partnerships were recently announced across the U.S. to offer Empower by GoDaddy programming in 2024 to boost digital knowledge and confidence, and expand peer networks.  

Learn more about Empower by GoDaddy’s impact in GoDaddy’s 2023 Sustainability Report and watch four compelling seasons of GoDaddy’s Made In America film series highlighting Empower entrepreneurs in Baltimore, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Memphis. 

What Does “Courageous Together” Mean for You?

Earlier this month we kicked off the celebration of Cause Consulting’s 20th Anniversary embracing the theme, “Courageous Together,” which embodies how we approach our work. 

We launched on LinkedIn with a short announcement blog with our POV and asked the question, “what does Courageous Together mean for you in your work?” We were blown away by the thoughtful notes from around the globe! Read some of the inspiring responses and share your perspective.  

Also, check out our new Courageous Together Insight Series, offering best-practices, perspectives, and coaching on the field today. A few articles are featured below:

Perseverance is Essential to Lead in Social Impact

Although it’s been an often uncertain and tough stretch of time for many social impact professionals, it is more important than ever for us to keep pressing on. Read Nikki’s perspective on the importance of perseverance for social impact professionals, drawing on her 30 years in the field and her journey as a competitive tennis player.

5 Essential Actions to Advance the “S” in ESG

How should we address the ‘S’ in ESG practice? Great progress has been made in environmental and governance arenas, however for many companies approaches to advance the “S” and both internally and externally continue to remain immature and incomplete. In Mark’s blog, you will discover 5 keys to connect and maximize your social impact work.

3 Ways ERGs Can Amplify Social Impact

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a core part of corporate DEI efforts. In Aaron’s blog, discover how ERGs drive social impact, enhance engagement in volunteer giving and service, and connect companies with local communities to create meaningful change. Learn about strategies to harness your ERGs’ potential and alignment with DEI and social impact goals.

Courageous Together Flashback – Flash Forward

Harman Inspired – Continuous Impact Since 2015

In 2015, we co-created and launched Harman Inspired to provide access to music education and unique STEM programming to schools across the globe. Today, the signature program is still giving the gift of music.

Check out this recent collaboration between Harman and Music Will to donate musical instruments to an elementary school in Michigan!

See You at the ACCP Annual Conference!

We’re excited to teach again at ACCP’s Annual Conference this coming September in San Diego. We’ll be teaching tools and strategies to use Impact Modeling to help sharpen program development and amplify storytelling. Hope you’ll join us.

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