Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards Finalist Interview with Ed Hutner, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Deltek
1. Why do you believe CSR strategy is important for Deltek?
At Deltek, people are our greatest assets — and we spend a great deal of resources investing in our people and planning for tomorrow. That introspection has led us to understand that it is critical to look beyond our current workforce and into the community to invest in our future.
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?
I believe that a company’s CSR strategy should reflect its underlying values. At Deltek, we embrace a series of nine core values, including integrity, innovation, curiosity and passion. These are qualities for which all of our employees continually strive – and that only come through experience and exposure to new ideas. Deltek’s CSR strategy reflects a commitment to providing those opportunities for others.
3. What makes you/your company stand out compared to other individuals/companies participating in CSR?
Given Deltek’s focus on the future, it seemed natural to align our CSR strategy with investing in the education and training of our community’s future workforce. Whether those specific investments are in fields such as technology, education or government, we are committed to making a contribution to help future employees lead, innovate and thrive.
4. What are some events or causes that inspire you and your team?
Since 2010, Deltek has been proud to partner with the Year Up National Capital Region chapter, a nonprofit based in Arlington, Va., that works to close the opportunity gap by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Our partnership with Year Up has yielded unique results: after Year Up participants have completed six months of intensive classroom training, they are placed within Deltek as interns for an additional six months. While at our company, those interns participate in the Deltek Year Up Intern Cohort, an internal program that provides exposure to key corporate experiences such as project management and networking.
I’m proud to share that 33 interns have participated in this program since its inception and several interns have been offered entry-level positions with Deltek. We look forward to welcoming even more Year Up participants to the Deltek family.
5. What advice would you give to individuals/companies trying to participate in CSR?
I recommend first identifying the values that make your company unique. Those values should set the tone for how your company interacts with the community and, ultimately, should be the foundation on which you build your CSR strategy.
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