The very wise Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” As a company, we live by this and love when our clients incorporate community givebacks into their team building programs. One client that has continuously invested in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the creation of giving opportunities for their team is UNUM.
We have been working with UNUM to facilitate their community programming throughout the United States and abroad, for over 5 years. Every year, multiple times a year, they add a CSR component to their conferences and they are deeply dedicated to helping whichever local community their conference takes place. They truly embody the spirit of volunteerism because they want to make a lasting impact and they don’t just do it for the photo opportunity.
Their commitment to others was even more evident this year. Planning for a UNUM program starts 6+ months in advance, when they discuss with our operations team which populations they would like to help in the community. For their 2020 sales conference, they wanted to help multiple non-profits that supported adaptive sports athletes with special needs, military families and youth development. After months of vetting organizations and project planning, we were ready to go for April 2020; enter Covid-19. With the cancellation of travel and gatherings, we had to have the tough conversation about how to move forward. Despite the cancellation of their sales conference, UNUM honored their commitment to service and their gift of over $25,000 worth of donations.