Margery Kraus

Corporate Citizenship

As we conduct our work across the globe, APCO Worldwide strives to be a responsible corporate citizen, a steward of the environment, a reliable contributor to the local economy and the employer of choice in our industry. This is integral to how we live up to APCO's vision and values and ensure these continue to serve APCO's current and future employees.

APCO Worldwide's Environment Policy

We are committed to responsible environmental stewardship in the workplace. Our global policy focuses on applying the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle in the workplace, focusing in particular on energy efficiency, recycling and travel. We are presently refining the measurement tools we use to track and report our impact in these areas.

APCO Worldwide's Partnerships

Since 2008 APCO has been a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), with a Commitment to Action to assist the CGI and its members in publicizing the impact of their commitments. As part of our CGI Commitment to Action, APCO provides communication counsel, training and media relations support for CGI annual meetings.

APCO works in partnership with a number of other global organizations, including the International Crisis Group, the International Business Leadership Forum and Business in the Community International. APCO is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact.

APCO Gives Back Program

Our people are our greatest asset, and we know they want to work for a company that supports them in sharing their time, expertise and passion with their communities. In turn, we are able to recruit and retain the best people, provide additional skill-development opportunities and enhance our own local and global community connections.

Through APCO Gives Back, the company provides time and other resources for individual and group volunteerism, pro bono service, and humanitarian and disaster response. The program is supported by written guidelines and APCO Gives Back coordinators. We assess and report on the program's internal and external impact on an annual basis.

APCO is proud to be a member of A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based services to address core issues communities face in the United States and around the world. APCO has pledged our best business skills and talents to serve the needs of non-profits and communities where we operate.

APCO Gives Back around the World

APCO employees in every office and region contribute to a wide range of volunteering, giving and pro bono initiatives, including:

APCO donated more than US$115,000 to community causes, including foundations and nonprofit sponsorships, corporate matching of employee donations for major disaster relief efforts and other employee donations to nonprofit and charitable causes.

Several members of APCO’s team helped organize the Beijing Healthcare Forum, where guest speakers shared their insights into important health issues. These well-attended sessions are free of charge and open to the public.

APCO jointly organized a one-day workshop for around 70 young jobseekers from a disadvantaged area of the city as part of a pioneering multi-company corporate volunteering project called “Discover Your Talent.” Around 30 Brussels employees helped run workshops sharing knowledge with the young people on key skills needed to maximize their employability. The project won an Innovation Award from Business & Society Belgium, and was short-listed for a European volunteering award.

Also in Brussels, staff organizes the annual UNICEF Quiz for Children. Each year, dozens of teams representing European Union institutions, journalists, companies, law firms and consultancies compete. Several thousand euros are raised and donated to UNICEF’s “Education in Emergencies” campaign.

In addition, five APCO employees completed the annual Brussels 20km run as members of a larger “Team Giraffe” which raises funds to support a school in Nairobi. The school is currently housed in a primary school in the slums with over 70 students and a growing reputation. Our employees raised almost €1,000 as part of Team Giraffe, which overall raised more than €37,000 in the 2011 run.

Our employees took part in Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day, the UK’s largest business volunteering event, by participating in a community sports day for school children in London.

Also in London, employees donated Christmas gifts and raised £500 for The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, a charity offering care and support for homeless people in London, to supply a breakfast and two servings of Christmas lunch. Our London employees also raised money for Comic Relief through a range of activities during the week of “Red Nose Day.”

APCO participated in a CEO-led meeting of Business in the Community’s Key Cities program, aimed at developing a multi-company employee volunteering initiative.

APCO employees continued to work with the association Nos Quartiers ont des Talents (Our Neighborhoods have Talents) to coach young graduates from underprivileged neighborhoods in their job search. APCO volunteers met with their mentees on a regular basis to help them search for employment, provide feedback on their resumé and conduct rehearsals ahead of interviews. Active since 2009, APCO’s partnership has supported around 20 graduates in their search for employment.

Employees participate in 826, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help inner city children, ages 6-18, with creative and expository writing skills. APCO's staff from all U.S. offices volunteered hours to mentor children through 826.

To mark the September 11 day of service, a team of nearly 50 APCO employees volunteered at a local organization that helps people living in poverty and homelessness achieve economic independence.