15 consulting firms scoop award for pro bono work

11 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Last night Consulting Magazine organised the second edition of its annual ‘Excellence in Social and Community Investments’ Gala Awards dinner, a ceremony aimed at honouring the extraordinary efforts of consulting firms and their consultants that have in the past 12 months made the biggest social impact. 15 consulting firms managed to scoop an award.

Although not always widely known, the consulting industry across the globe does a tremendous amount of pro bono work. This includes among others “free consulting”, significantly discounted work, community outreach initiatives, employee-motivated volunteer projects, and other social and community investment and engagement. The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) comes with a price tag however – each year, consulting firms invest hundreds of millions, and possibly billions, of dollars in time, effort and sweat equity on engagements that serve a social and community cause. In return, consultants receive a sense of fulfilment from contributing to a higher purpose, while firms typically reap the benefits in the areas of branding, recruitment and employee commitment.

Pro bono work

To honour and formally recognise CSR efforts from management consultancies, Consulting Magazine last year launched the ‘Excellence in Social and Community Investments’ awards programme. During the Gala Awards dinner, held last night at Le Parker Meridien in New York, the organisers unveiled the fifteen winners of the competition. An overview:

- A.T. Kearney - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Feeding America
- Bain & Company - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Endeavor
- The Boston Consulting Group - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: The United Nations
- Deloitte Consulting - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
- Huron Consulting Group - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN)

AT Kearney - Bain & Company - BCG - Deloitte - Huron

- IBB Consulting - Type of Work: Employee-Motivated Volunteer Project - Client: DIL Jattal School
- Jabian Consulting - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council
- KPMG - Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative - Client: Junior Achievement USA
- McGladrey - Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative - Client: Various
- North Highland - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Alexander Youth Network

IBB - Jabian - KPMG - McGladrey - Northhighland

- Protiviti - Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative - Client: i on hunger
- PwC - Type of Work: Significantly Discounted Work - Client: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
- Sapient - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: No Greater Sacrifice (NGS)
- Slalom Consulting - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities
- West Monroe Partners - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: CommunityHealth

Protiviti - PwC - Sapient Government Services - Slalom - Westmonroe

"We often recognise consulting firms that are doing well and now we want to recognise those firms that are doing good," says Joseph Kornik, publisher and editor-in-chief of Consulting Magazine. “We're honoured to shine a spotlight on these firms' altruistic efforts.”

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