Impact Partners

Summary

VP is a Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy that inspires people, organizations and communities to take positive action.

Details

VP is a Approved PSMB / HRDF Training Provider in Malaysia. We are also an incubator for social and environmental breakthrough projects that benefit communities regionally.

We also provide Corporate Social Responsibility Training services which include :

- Certified Professional Trainers (in-house)
- Bespoke & Custom Training Modules
- Training development & Management
- Next Generation Talent Development
- Training Needs Analysis
- CSR Workshops (in-house)
- CSR Project & Initiative Coaching
- CSR Stakeholder Networking (external)
- Social Return on Investment Reporting
- Sustainability Reporting

We are excited to share with you some things we have done that we are proud of... We are Coaching & Mentoring Organizations in developing sustainable, deep-impact social & environmental collaborative projects & initiatives...We bring you Awesome COLLABORATIVE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Strategies, Projects & Initiatives that generate maximum social & environmental impact...

Responsible Commitment

As a 'for purpose' corporation, we have three core features:

1. A Social (community or environmental) purpose.

2. A significant proportion of income come from enterprising and business activities.

3. A profit distribution that aligns and/or supports the impacts that stem from our Social purpose.

Vertical Progress (VP) furthers, enhances and spurs effective, result-driven collaborative initiatives dedicated to community development.

Vertical Progress works on several innovative community initiatives each year that are developed based on grass-root data, community surveys and analysis that are eventually placed in VP’s Innovative Incubator that serves as a reference for various organizations to adopt and drive.

Vertical Progress has already reached out to more than five thousand underprivileged and urban poor youths. In addition, VP has a dynamic database of over ten thousand youths representing a diverse range of communities.

Big Picture

6 Reasons That Should Matter To Companies Embracing CSR
by James T. Reeves

Innovation – In the context of CSR, innovation is a huge benefit to a company and society. To have some idea of the relationship between Innovation and CSR, its best to watch a video of a brief talk by Geoff McDonald who is the Unilever Global VP for HR, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability. Using the “lens of sustainability” as McDonald described it, Unilever was able to innovate new products such as a hair conditioner that uses less water. Without sustainability, the company’s research and development efforts possibly wouldn’t have led to such a product.

Cost savings – One of the easiest places for a company to start engaging in sustainability is to use it as a way to cut costs. Whether it’s using less packaging or less energy, these savings add up quickly. For example, General Mills is on a path to reduce its energy savings by 20% by 2015. According to its 2011 CSR report, after installing energy monitoring meters on several pieces of equipment at its Covington, GA plant, the company saved $600,000.

Long-term thinking – “The only reason we’re doing sustainability is to drive the growth of Unilever,” McDonald said in the video mentioned above. Indeed, CSR is an effort to look at the company’s long-term interest and ensuring that the company’s future is… well… sustainable. Hence, that’s why I prefer the term sustainability to CSR. It is a shift from worrying about the next fiscal quarter’s financial results to the impact business decisions today have on financial (and social) results ten years from now.

Customer engagement – To some extent, what’s the point of doing CSR if no one knows about it? For the past few years, Walmart has established itself as a leader in the environment. Yes, you read that correctly, Walmart is a leader in environmentalism. In 2008, Walmart ran an ad campaign designed to raise awareness about the environment and the product choices consumers could make. Using CSR can help you engage with your customers in new ways – and since the message is about something “good,” it can often be a more “permissible” way to talk to your customers. This is actually an underused tool for business-to-business companies.

Employee engagement – Along similar lines, if your own employees don’t know what’s going on within your organization, you’re missing an opportunity. Companies like Sara Lee created a cross-functional, global Sustainability Working Team to help create a strategy for sustainability. At a more grass roots level, the Solo Cup Company created the Sustainability Action Network to activate employees in community service focused on the company’s CSR priorities.

To be clear, these are the reasons why most companies should enact CSR.

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