In the Company of Light

Thumbnail image for II-Volunteer-thumb-IMG_2124.jpgIt’s often said that you are judged by the company you keep. On Tuesday evening I was proud to be in company of other businesses who truly care about having a positive social impact while also creating great products and services for their customers. Intel was awarded the 2010 Corporate Engagement Award from the Points of Light Institute in recognition of the dedication and positive impact of the Intel employees who volunteer in our communities around the world each year. The award specifically recognized the 1.3 million hours of volunteering our employees gave back to their communities in celebration of Intel’s 40th anniversary.

The examples of Intel employees applying their skills to make a difference in the community are many, just recently the leader of a community organization shared that 7 employees, in one afternoon, crunched the data from their biannual survey of clients. The agency has previously viewed this data analysis as a tedious and time consuming chore, yet by applying their Intel skills the employees were able to discover trends and mine the data for new information – turning the chore into a effective operational tool for the organization “We were simply astounded at all the work that had been accomplished in a few short hours! At the end of the briefing, we had tears of gratitude in our eyes for the amazing gift they had given us and our families. They saved staff hours and hours and hours of work. But they also brought sharp minds, knowledge and experience to the task to develop program design and curriculum ideas that we never would have thought of in a million years” said the Executive Director.

Back at work, I’m proud to be in the company of our 32,000 active volunteers who light up our communities every day. This recognition is an honor for our volunteers. And for our company, who recognizes and supports our passion to make a difference. Keep shining!

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About Suzanne Fallender

Suzanne Fallender is Intel’s Director of Corporate Responsibility. In this role, she collaborates with key stakeholders across the company to integrate corporate responsibility concepts into company strategies, policies, public reporting, and stakeholder engagement activities to advance Intel’s corporate responsibility leadership and create positive social impact and business value. Suzanne leads a team of experienced professionals who engage with internal and external groups to review Intel’s corporate responsibility performance and to identify new opportunities to apply Intel’s technology and expertise to address social and environmental challenges. The team also works closely with Intel’s investor relations and corporate governance groups to drive an integrated outreach strategy with investors on governance and corporate responsibility issues. Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience in the field of corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. During her time at Intel, Suzanne has held a number of corporate responsibility-related roles, including leading programs empowering girls and women through technology. Prior to Intel, Suzanne served as Vice President at Institutional Shareholder Services where she managed the firm’s socially responsible investing division. Suzanne holds an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She has served on a number of leading industry advisory boards and committees on sustainability and corporate responsibility over the past decade and currently is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Executive Forum and the Net Impact Advisory Council. Follow Suzanne on Twitter at @sfallender.

9 thoughts on “In the Company of Light

  1. It’s so exciting to see our company and volunteers recognized in this way. We not only change lives through technology, but also through our culture and spirit of giving back. It’s an honor to work beside such caring individuals – as well as work for a company that believes giving back is not only good business, but the right thing to do.

  2. Receiving this honor from Points of Light lets others know what we’ve always known: that Intel employees are generous, talented, creative and truly want to make a positive difference. Thanks to all of our employees who are engaged in their community through service & volunteerism!

  3. Is this cool or what? Receiving this award is humbling, but I can’t help to think of the irony. Intel volunteers are who they are because they aren’t driven by recognition for what they do. They love volunteering and are motivated by the impact they have. I think that’s what makes these efforts in the community so unique. Kudos to these Rockstar Volunteers.

  4. Is this cool or what? Receiving this award is humbling, but I can’t help to think of the irony. Intel volunteers are who they are because they aren’t driven by recognition for what they do. They love volunteering and are motivated by the impact they have. I think that’s what makes these efforts in the community so unique. Kudos to these Rockstar Volunteers.

  5. This is wonderful news. Congratulations to all! Our local activities are also such a wonderful team builder for the sales team that is scattered around Massachusetts. Whether we are doing our monthly preparation and serving of meatball dinners at the Lowell Transistional Living Center or distributing food for the Merrimack Valley mobile food pantry, helping others brings us closer together and closer to our local community.

  6. What a huge win for Intel and our volunteers!I still remember being determined to land a job at Intel after watching our CSR video before my internship interview in 2007. I hope and know this award will inspire many prospective new hires looking to join a company that excels in the areas that matter.

  7. Our employees’ passion and dedication to service is such a gift to our communities. It’s a wonderful honor for Intel to be recognized in this way. Thank you to all who give your time and talent to make a difference!

  8. This is a wonderful accomplishment and I am so proud to be a citizen of Rio Rancho and New Mexico. Intel Does Make a Difference in the coumminty. Congratulations and keep up the good work you are doing!!

  9. I am sending a GIANT thank you to all of our volunteers for the continued support they provide our communities through Intel’s stellar and award winning Intel Involved volunteer program. You make great things happen for Intel and for our communities.

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