Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Mid-Size Business) Nominee
Submitted by: Jeffery Capron, Managing Partner, Aronson, LLC
1. Why do you believe CSR strategy is important for a company?
CSR is an important value that all companies should possess. At Aronson, we recognize that our firm benefits greatly from being part of this region, and it is incumbent on us to reinvest in our community. For over 50 years, we have believed that it is our responsibility, both as an organization and as individuals to do what we can to help enrich our environment and work to improve the lives of those in our community. Through CSR, our efforts can enrich both our community and our people.
2. Do you believe that the CSR work you participate in should be affiliated with the work you/your
company does? For example, should an Oil company’s CSR be in cleaning up oil spills?
Aronson focuses our CSR efforts on a variety of causes that enhance our community and help the people in it thrive and succeed. We find that many of our people and clients are passionate about a variety of causes that enrich our community, and they donate their time, talent, and treasure to these causes. While these interests may line up to the accounting work we do every day, we focus our activities on making our people and clients become more involved in the community.
3. What makes your company stand out compared to other companies participating in CSR?
Through our Community Enrichment Program, Aronson employees may spend up to 40 hours each year volunteering outside of work. Aronson recognizes that it is important for many people to incorporate community service in their day-to-day work experience. The return on investment is seen not only in the impact on the community, but also in the significant morale boost provided by empowering our employees. Our employees also play an active role on various boards in the Metro Region including Fairfax County Park Foundation, Bread for the City, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Hearts & Homes for Youth, Hope Connections for Cancer Support, and more. In many of these cases, our employees apply our accounting expertise to help these organizations operate more effectively. As part of our effort to create higher goals for our firm and give back more to the Metro Region business community, Aronson has organized a public charity called the Aronson Foundation. Established in 2004, the Aronson Foundation matches all contributions made from officers and the employees of Aronson LLC to charities that have been recommended by Aronson staff. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated in excess of $1,250,000 to worthy causes.
4. Do you believe contributing back to the community allows your company to have a deeper connection with its clients/customers?
Aronson was founded on the mission to always serve the interests of our constituents. Striving to make
a positive impact in a community has always been a core value at Aronson. We want to service our clients in highly satisfying ways, and want to provide a great place to work for our employees. As a natural extension of this mission, we also strive to make a positive impact on our community.
5. What are some events or causes that inspire you and your team?
Aronson is inspired to make a direct impact and provide endless possibilities to the education and future of our workforce. We want to ensure that everyone receives the education they are passionate about and deserve. Each year, the Aronson Foundation provides two scholarships to students currently pursuing careers in accounting in the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute (MBI) honors program at Montgomery College. The recipients continuously impress us with their educational achievements and future beyond the school. In addition to providing financial support, Aronson leaders act as mentors by volunteering their time to help educational organizations in the greater Metro area. Currently, I serve on the Montgomery College’s President’s Roundtable, which consists of a dedicated group of business leaders who advises students and administrators on workforce issues. Additionally, I am actively involved with the Building Bridges Across the River, Inc. (also known as Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, or THEARC) Board, which provides leadership, management and financial oversight to adults and children in Southeast Washington. Some other educational-focused programs where our team members have devoted their time to shaping the minds of our country’s future include the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, MCPS Educational Foundation, Little Blue House, and more.
6. What advice would you give to companies trying to participate in CSR?
At Aronson, we believe it is important that all companies give back to their communities, as a way of saying thank you to the community that has given so much to them, and to provide the same opportunities to the current and future generations. This should be engrained in the values of any organization, and should continuously be built upon. As an organization, create new goals and objectives every year, and go above and beyond for your community.