What is the Civic 50?

The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey. By benchmarking and celebrating best practices, it provides a framework for good corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in their communities. Honored every year at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, the Civic 50 is a roadmap for how companies can turn good intentions into sound business practices. It is powered by True Impact

Civic 50 winners are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program:

  • Investment: How extensively and strategically the company applies its resources to community engagement in the U.S., including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and public leadership.

  • Integration: How a company’s U.S. community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions, or how it “does well by doing good.”

  • Institutionalization: How the company supports community engagement in the U.S. through its organizational  policies, systems and incentives.

  • Impact: How the company measures the social and business outputs and outcomes  of its U.S. community engagement program.

History of the Civic 50

The Civic 50 was founded as a partnership between the National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light and Bloomberg LP in 2012, and developed with a high-profile working group of lead researchers and industry thought leaders. Dozens of corporate advisors also provided strategic guidance on the program’s objectives, including defining indicators, developing methodology, and identifying partners and participants. In the first two years, the Civic 50 evaluated and recognized only S&P 500 companies. The survey was expanded in 2014 to include participation by all companies with revenue of $1 billion and over.

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