Every decision we make as a company is focused on using our talent and resources to improve the world—through our member-facing work, our volunteerism, and the ethical way we conduct our business.
It’s why we've created a culture of serving members and volunteer partners beyond expectation, and it’s why in 2013, 100% of our staff participated in service activities. Learn more about our Community Impact program and our commitment to creating an ethically run, diverse, environmentally sustainable, and service-oriented company.
Read about the impact our colleagues have had on our members, our company, and our communities.
From pro bono projects to the annual Week of Service, our work is making headlines. See what everyone's saying.
We’ve partnered with three foundations to award up to $8.5M to innovative health system, public health, and community collaborations.
Community Impact recently received the 2014 D.C. Mayor’s Community Service Award for Corporate Engagement.
Learn about our work in the community
This year's Week of Service mobilized staff across the globe to have one big impact...just one of the ways we make community service a priority year-round.
Congratulations to all of our colleagues at The Advisory Board Company—your service is what made this honor possible!
Hear how our work with Community of Hope resulted in $135,000 of impact, 3,366 additional patients supported, and 12 birthday parties thrown.
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Hear our staff explain how the Community Impact program empowers them to serve their communities.
Socially responsible investors, please contact Graham McLaughlin.
Prospective employees, see our Careers page to learn about how you can make a difference in your work and your community.
Organizations interested in becoming one of our community partners, please complete our pro bono RFP.
Our social impact efforts draw on the expertise, human capital, and resources we use to improve performance across health care and higher education. The same strengths that made us a global technology, research, and consulting firm allow us to elevate the performance of mission-driven organizations in our communities.
Given our health care and student success expertise, we focus on these areas but also ensure staff have the freedom to use their unique gifts where they are passionate.
Our employees come to work at The Advisory Board Company because they know their work matters, both in their business roles and in their volunteerism.
Through Community Impact, we continuously push to do more, and provide the infrastructure to help staff make an impact via pro bono and hands-on service. In 2013, 100% of staff gave back to their communities.
Learn more about how we’re making a difference, meet some of our volunteers, and see how we've created the nation's most generous volunteer policy.
We’re serious about ethical business practices and good governance, both to ensure sound stewardship of shareholder funds and to position our business as a leader in bettering society. This focus shapes many aspects of our approach.
Twenty percent of our board of directors are women—a baseline figure we expect to keep or exceed in perpetuity. In addition, the vast majority (70%) of our board members are independent directors.
Safeguarding our members’ confidential data is a board-level issue at our firm. We have established strict policies and procedures to ensure the privacy and security of that data.
Our board reviews key performance indicators of social impact on a quarterly basis to ensure we are focused on making a positive difference not only through our traditional business efforts to support health care and higher education organizations but also through our volunteerism and corporate responsibility efforts.
We’ve created and closely followed a code of ethics for our business, as well as firm values that reflect our ethical, constantly evolving business and our commitment to making a positive difference for our members, staff, and communities.
This extends all the way to our vendor relationships. Download our Supplier Code of Conduct to see the guidelines that ensure we have a minimal environmental impact, generate a positive community benefit, and create a culture of safety and respect.
As a mid-sized professional services firm, we have a limited supply chain and limited-to-no harmful emissions from our business. So we focus most of our sustainability efforts on the three areas where we can have the greatest environmental impact: real estate; travel; and the choices made by our staff, community partners, and members.
We are committed to ensuring that every new space we occupy is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Our current LEED certifications include:
We also focus on maximizing natural light; it’s good not only for employee health but also for the environment. Positioning offices on the interior allows all employees to benefit from natural light, while individual light controls, motion sensor lighting, and energy efficient bulbs curb energy use.
Our business model requires a certain amount of travel to ensure high-quality member support, but we have established mechanisms to decrease travel in other areas of our business. For instance, in the last two years, we have greatly improved our video conferencing capabilities, outfitting all of our offices and computers accordingly.
We’ve created a number of policies and leadership opportunities designed to promote sustainable choices:
Through our Sustainability Cause Community, we have also brought together a cohort of individuals across the firm interested in maximizing environmental sustainability and reducing their individual and collective footprint. They work together to volunteer on these issues in the community, support Green Teams and company leaders in developing the right policies for the firm, and helping individual employees reduce their footprint.
We are working with our hospital and university members, as well as our community partners, to create a program to provide these organizations with best practice research and other support on environmental sustainability practices. We think that syndicating best practices, on a pro bono basis, to improve sustainability in our sectors of expertise can have a large-scale impact and is the best way for us to be good stewards of the environment.
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