“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin
After a holiday of thankfulness (and maybe even a little bit of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping!), we’re reminded each Giving Tuesday to share that gratitude and give back. From our work to our culture, it’s important that we remain committed to living Protiviti’s values and promises!
Across our Employee Network Groups, our People Promises, and our ESG Strategy, giving back and is baked into life at Protiviti. Today, we’re sharing a few of the ways our people have given back this year to share the spirit of the season and maybe even inspire some action in you!
i on Hunger
i on Hunger is Protiviti’s global service program focused on providing food to those in need. We help contribute to this initiative through a variety of avenues! With a spotlight on sustainable impact, we aim to improve food availability, quality, and utilization as well as attack root causes of hunger, thus reducing the demand. We will continue to increase our efforts to help those in need as we have an ongoing commitment to the program, because we know that hunger doesn’t stop – and neither do we!
In 2022, we surpassed the 13 million meal mark – a huge feat in Protiviti’s fight against hunger! This program has been underway since 2014 and has touched the lives of people all around the globe. We’re so proud of the strides our teams have made to help meet the needs of communities near and far.
In fact, our 2022 summer interns helped pack meals and more during our Intern Week of Service. From meal packing and delivery to park clean ups and more, our people gave back in a big way with participation from all 27 of our intern-hosting offices across the U.S. Read more here about the ways these young minds got a feel for what it’s really like to work at Protiviti beyond our clients:
Intern Week of Service Supports Protiviti’s Commitment to Our Communities
Protiviti employees aren’t the only ones contributing to our i on Hunger meal count. When our Protiviti golfers win, i on Hunger does, too! Protiviti’s Birdies for Meals program is a campaign in which Protiviti donates 1,000 meals through the i on Hunger program for every birdie that our brand ambassadors, Jennifer Kupcho and Matt Fitzpatrick, make during the Major Championships throughout the year. Read on about our winning summer and how one weekend of playing led to an addition of 19,000 meals to our count! Historic Golf Wins for Fitzpatrick and Kupcho Add 19,000 Meals to Protiviti’s Birdies for Meals Campaign
Go Green for the Holidays!
At Protiviti, we believe sustainability is a continuous journey, with holidays presenting a unique opportunity to make more conscious decisions. We’ve shared these tips internally with our teams to encourage sustainable practices throughout the holiday season. We want to share those with you, too! Read on for seven ways to gift more sustainably this season.
- Shop Local. Shopping locally helps support small businesses and community while also helping to avoid the footprint associated with buying online. Prioritize local businesses with sustainably made wares, and owners from historically marginalized communities. You can also check out your local museum shops or farmer’s market for unique gifts that your recipient can’t get elsewhere.
- Gift Experiences or Memberships. Gifting experiences or memberships is a thoughtful way to give gifts with minimal impact. Park passes, concert tickets, and museum memberships are all great options that gift experiences over material possessions. You can also create your own experiences, like an evening spent cooking or a day spent planting a garden together.
- Consider a Gift with Purpose. A donation to a charity or cause that supports your recipient’s passions is a great thoughtful gift. Our employees also have the opportunity to amplify their donation through Protiviti’s donation matching program! Many charities provide more interactive giving opportunities, like symbolic naming or adoption which can help make your gift more memorable. Your marine-loving friend may easily forget about the sweater you gave them, but they’ll probably remember the shark your donation “adopted” for them!
- Gift Consumables. We may all receive items that eventually end up in the donation pile or landfill. Cut the waste by choosing consumable gifts that match your friends and family’s likes. A fancy olive oil or fiery hot sauce picked up from your local farmer’s market or mercantile down the street. Or cheese. Just cheese. Ok, maybe it’s fancy and comes in a basket with crackers, but that’s for you to decide. (Bonus points for ensuring anything uneaten.)
- Use What You Have. There will never be a product that you can buy that will be more sustainable than buying nothing at all. Fortunately, there are tons of options for this if you get a bit creative.
- Propagate your house plants and gift them in unique jars or vases from your local thrift store
- Turn your hobbies into gifts. Art, knitted items, even a curated Spotify playlist can all be great gifts that you’ll have fun creating!
- Thrift your Gifts. Your local thrift stores, garage sales, and antique stores are full of unique, sustainable gifts waiting to be found. These provide a fun way to hunt for that special item, with the added thrill of finding that perfect gift that can’t be found anywhere else. You can also turn this into a fun competition with your family and friends, with an award for the best thrifted find. Additionally, as these are typically more affordable places to shop, your funds will go further, and you may be able to find items that would have been out of the price range if you were shopping new.
- Ditch Wrapping Paper. It is estimated that the UK and Australia create 30% more waste than usual over the festive season. Similarly, in the US, total plastic packaging consumption adds up to more than 125,000 tons during the winter holidays. And, in South Africa, household waste increases by up to 25%. Most of that is not recyclable or compostable. This year, ditch fancy wrapping paper and ribbons and instead repurpose old newspapers or paper bags. For an added touch that will also keep the kids entertained, bust out some paint to make your own designs.
However, you celebrate this year, we hope you have a fun and safe holiday season.
To learn more about the ways service permeates our work, check out our Giving Tuesday post from last year where some of Protiviti’s brightest share video insights into the ways they like to give back.
You can also read more about our Enviromental, Social, & Governance position and see some of the accolades we’ve won for our commitment to our people and our communities.
Here’s to giving back this year. Whether you make a donation, volunteer your time, or creatively spread goodness in other ways, we hope you reflect on this Giving Tuesday about what’s important to you and how you can make an impact today and every day. And, if this commitment to communities resonates with you, consider a career at Protiviti, where giving back is all in a day’s work.
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