1. Why do you believe CSR strategy is important for a company?
Evans’ CSR philosophy directly relates to our mission: Smart leaders conquering complex challenges with a human-centered approach. Participation on the Evans’ CSR team provides leadership opportunities and an opportunity for employees to exercise their passions while creating ROI - Real Operational Impact toward causes that are important to them.
2. Do you believe that the CSR work you participate in should be affiliated with the work you/your company does?
At Evans we have found a unique balance with what we do as an organization and the strengths of our employees. The alignment of interests provides the platform for what we can help accomplish within our community. Employees can also explore CSR passions in areas outside specific Evans’ affiliations, such as sports, scouts, and religious groups.
3. What makes your company stand out compared to other companies participating in CSR?
Evans strives to make CSR activities fun. For example, Evans provides a charitable twist to March Madness participation whereby the company offers $250 to the bracket winner to donate in their name to the local charity of their choice. In 2016, the winner donated to AFAC. In the spirit of competition, Evans also matches food drive donation with financial contributions.
4. Do you believe contributing back to the community allows your company to have a deeper connection with its clients/customers?
One of the great joys in life can be finding a common community bond. To share a passion, whether as individuals or as organizations, unites us and creates that sense of family, of belonging.
5. What are some events or causes that inspire you and your team?
Evans is proud of its contributions to the community. In 2015, Evans Incorporated:
- volunteered with the PMI Day of Service, serving as a project management Subject Matter Expert, donating time and expertise to assist a local non-profit healthcare organization develop a strategic plan to establish new funding streams.
- participated in the D.C. Talking Transition event designed to foster dialogue and collaboration amongst D.C. residents seeking to provide feedback to the incoming mayor. Evans served in the facilitator role allowing residents to focus on sharing ideas and proposing changes to the mayor’s agenda.
- CEO, Sue Evans, served on the Board of a Vienna-based non-profit that provides comprehensive mental health services to women. Her involvement as co-chair of the Governance Committee served to drive effective board organization through board composition and commitment.
- invested time and money through The Women’s Center, sponsoring the Leadership Conference and actively raising sponsorship donations to support operations.
- mentored students at alumni events, and donated professional clothing, shoes, and accessories to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital’s thrift shop
- made a difference with AFAC by giving time, food, and monetary donations, and bagging over 1,000 pounds of produce for local families. Evans’ CFO served as AFAC’s treasurer for six years.
- donated 4 crates of school supplies to NVFS and donated coats to Cornerstones for their annual coat drive.
- brought holiday cheer through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, giving nearly $1,000 worth of toys and clothing to 11 deserving children in the DC area
6. What advice would you give to companies trying to participate in CSR?
Listen to and follow the hearts of your employees.