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Discover Financial Services was recognized today as one of America’s most community-minded companies in the The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities in which they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, and published by Bloomberg News.
“It is an honor to be recognized as part of The Civic 50 and we are pleased that our company’s commitment to good corporate citizenship is embraced by the thousands of Discover employees across the country who are making a difference in their communities through service,” said David Nelms, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Discover.”
“The results of this year’s Civic 50 survey show that even the most civically engaged companies are doing more to make community engagement a top priority and a permanent aspect of their business strategy,” said Michael Weiser, chairman of the Board, National Conference on Citizenship and Neil Bush, chairman of the Board, Points of Light, in a joint statement. “These 50 companies are showing others in the private sector how to boost the bottom line and make the world a better place.”
This year’s Civic 50 applicants were evaluated and accrued points based on several criteria, including how much financial and human resources are applied to civic improvement, whether internal and external resources are activated to maximize community impact, how a company’s community engagement activities support its business interests, how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.
The Civic 50 was developed in partnership with a high-profile working group of lead researchers and industry thought leaders. Dozens of corporate advisors provided strategic guidance on the program’s objectives, including defining indicators, developing methodology, and identifying partners and participants. As a result of this collaborative process, the initiative reflects leading insight and thinking about how corporations can and should engage with communities in a twenty-first century economy.