Associates in Action

Two years ago, UPS committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and to contributing 25,000 volunteer hours to veterans causes by Dec. 31, 2018. UPS, a CSG Associate member, then upped the ante last year by declaring its intent to hire 50,000 veterans and to donating 50,000 volunteer hours to veterans’ causes within the same timeframe. These commitments were made as part of UPS’ participation in the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, which was established in 2011 to give service members, veterans and their families the tools needed to be successful.

April is Financial Literacy Month. On Friday, April 24, Financial Services Institute—a CSG Associate member—is sponsoring Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill. Since its 2003 inception, Financial Literacy Day has united members of Congress and other public officials with financial literacy organizations in support of financial education policy. According to Money Management International, Americans are crippled by more than $2 trillion in consumer debt, and the American Bankruptcy Institute reported that there were more than one million nonbusiness bankruptcy filings in 2013.

Wal-Mart, a CSG Senior Associate member, committed in 2013 to hiring 100,000 veterans over a five–year period. At that time, nearly 1 million veterans were unemployed and male veterans age 18-24 had an overall unemployment rate of almost 30 percent. “Wal-Mart is hiring veterans because it is just the right thing to do,” Joe Quinn, Wal-Mart’s senior director of issue management and strategic outreach, said at the time of the announcement. “Men and women who fight for our country should never have to fight for a job.”

Over the past several years, CSG Associate member Comcast—owner of NBCUniversal and Universal Studios—has been working to make its products and services accessible to everyone, including the 8 million people with visual disabilities who live in America. Comcast launched a national campaign during the 2015 Academy Awards featuring a documentary,“Emily’s Oz,” that seeks to educate others on how individuals with disabilities consume entertainment.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana asked the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a CSG Associate member, to assist in implementing the first statewide building codes. Within two years, IBTS was conducting intensive construction code orientation and training throughout Louisiana and, by 2011, was providing a range of public services to 45 local governments within the state.