Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award Nominee
Submitted by: Samantha O'Neil, Director of Corporate Communications, SOS International LLC (SOSi)
1. Tell us why and how you support the region’s active-duty/reserve military and/or national intelligence community, their families and/or veterans.
Each year SOSi invests in the communities where we live and work and in support of our customers. As a government services integrator working in the defense and intelligence sectors, we are familiar with and very appreciate of the mission of our service members stationed around the globe and the sacrifice they and their families make each and every day. SOSi is committed to supporting our customers by investing time and resources in a variety of organizations whose work supports our customers and their families, including the ICE Foundation, DLA Foundation and Association of the United States Army. SOSi recently launched a new partnership with two veteran organizations--The Mission Continues and The Bunker, who each help connect veterans and service members with their next mission: in business and in their communities.
2. What makes your company stand out compared to other companies participating in CSR?
SOSi’s CSR efforts are truly led from the top, with CEO Julian Setian leading our Army 10 Miler race team each year and helping to choose our annual partnerships and investment opportunities. SOSi is a family-owned company, and we bring that unique corporate culture and leadership style into everything we do, from long-range logistics to corporate social responsibility. Our planning begins annually with a survey of employees to learn what organizations they support personally and what local and national organizations and events they recommend for corporate support. SOSi is an annual supporter of the Army 10 Miler and our annual race team is led by our CEO Julian Setian and VP of Mission Solutions Group, Ret. General Frank Helmick. In 2016, SOSi is a major sponsor of the race. We will see you at the finish line!
3. What are some events or causes that inspire you and your team?
One issue that inspires our team is entrepreneurship. This year SOSi is working for the first time with The Bunker: DC, a program built by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs that helps veteran owned startups and aspiring veteran entrepreneurs conquer the business world.
4. What advice would you give to companies trying to participate in CSR?
Do your research and find out what the best fit is for your employees, corporate culture, budget and time commitment–there are so many great organizations, events and opportunities out there–if you look hard enough you will find one that fits your organization and mission!