For the second consecutive year, Abbott was named one of America’s most community-minded companies in the 2013 Civic 50 survey, an initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, and published by Bloomberg News.
Abbott's community work focuses on applying its core business capabilities, expertise and resources, working in partnership with organizations in communities across the United States and around the world. The contributions of expert company volunteers are an important part of Abbott's approach. A few examples:
- Expert Abbott lab technicians are providing extensive training and mentoring for lab staff in Tanzania;
- Abbott scientists and engineers helped build a new nutrition facility in Haiti that is addressing malnutrition and advancing economic development; and
- Abbott scientists and engineers are helping advance STEM education in local communities.
This year’s Civic 50 applicants were evaluated based on several criteria, including how much financial and human resources are applied to civic improvement, whether internal and external resources are activated to maximize community impact, how a company’s community engagement activities support its business interests, how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.
“The results of this year’s Civic 50 survey show that even the most civically engaged companies are doing more to make community engagement a top priority and a permanent aspect of their business strategy,” said Michael Weiser, chairman of the Board, National Conference on Citizenship and Neil Bush, chairman of the Board, Points of Light, in a joint statement. “These 50 companies are showing others in the private sector how to boost the bottom line and make the world a better place.