Corporate Service Council
At Points of Light, we believe that companies, their employee volunteers and customers can be transformative drivers of social change in communities around the world. This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Points of Light Corporate Service Council, the premier global platform for mobilizing, equipping and inspiring high-impact volunteering. Council members include 75 of the world’s largest and most successful companies.
Service has been at the heart of the Corporate Service Council since its founding in 2005. Two days before the Council was to be announced in New York, Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast.
HandsOn Network President Michelle Nunn was set to ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell with the CEO of The Home Depot, Bob Nardelli – the first chair of the newly formed Corporate Service Council. The bell-ringing was also supposed to kick off a Corporate Month of Service, featuring 2,000 projects across the U.S. and Canada engaging employees of the Council’s members as volunteers.
But as the hurricane news unfolded on television – the astonishing images of whole communities underwater – it became evident that it was not a time for celebration. HandsOn Network canceled the ceremony. The Corporate Month of Service events, set to beautify, revitalize and repair community spaces, proceeded as planned. (Read more here.)
“The corporate response (to Hurricane Katrina) demonstrated that the skills and human capital of the private sector can work hand in hand with the civic sector to accomplish scale and impact,” said Michelle Nunn, former CEO of Points of Light, which merged with HandsOn Network in 2007.
The rest is history. Today, with nearly 100 members, the Corporate Service Council is considered the premier global platform for advancing corporate volunteerism. Its learning communities and gatherings spark innovative thinking and inspire companies and employees to volunteer in ways that deliver transformative and lasting value.
The Council fosters and develops corporate thought leaders and connects them with experts in academia, business and civil society to advance the corporate citizenship field on issues that include creating effective employee volunteer programs, using volunteering to reach HR goals, scaling and deepening global impact through service and more.
Join us in celebrating 10 amazing years of powering corporate service and accelerating social change.
Download the Corporate Service Council fact sheet to find out more.
The Corporate Service Council consists of leading organizations representing a wide-range of industries:
- Advisory Board Company
- The Allstate Foundation
- Altria Group
- Bank of America
- Blackbaud, Inc.
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Capital One
- Carolinas HealthCare System
- The Case Foundation
- Cisco Systems, Inc.
- The Coca-Cola Company
- ConAgra Foods
- Cox Automotive
- CSAA Insurance Group
- Deloitte LLP
- DentonsUS LLP
- DTE Energy
- EILEEN FISHER
- Ernst & Young
- FedEx Corporation
- Fidelity Investments
- Gap, Inc.
- General Electric Company
- General Mills, Inc.
- General Motors
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Hasbro, Inc.
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Hilton Worldwide
- The Home Depot
- HomeStreet Bank
- IBM Corporation
- Intel Corporation
- Jeff Hoffman & Associates
- John Hancock Financial Services
- JP Morgan Chase & Co.
- KPMG, LLP
- Microsoft Corporation
- M Powered Strategies
- Mondelez International
- Morgan Stanley
- National Basketball Association
- Nationwide Mutual Insurance
- New York Life Insurance
- Orion Associates
- Pfizer, Inc.
- PGA Tour
- Prudential Insurance Company
- The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
- S&P Global
- SAP Americas
- Shell Oil Company
- Southwest Airlines
- Starbucks Coffee Company
- State Street Corporation
- Sterling Backcheck
- Synchrony Financial
- Target Corporation
- Timberland Company
- UnitedHealth Group
- The Walt Disney Company
- Wells Fargo
- W.W. Grainger
President, The UPS Foundation
UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
The UPS Foundation leads the global citizenship programs and initiatives for UPS. As President, Ed Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs. In addition to his role as President of The UPS Foundation, Martinez also serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with responsibilities for the advancement of diversity and inclusion programs which empower over 440,000 UPS employees worldwide including its suppliers, customers and communities at the company.
Martinez served as corporate counsel in the UPS Legal Department until 2007, where his legal practice included commercial transactions, intellectual property and information technology matters, as well as civil litigation. Prior to assuming the position as President, he served as Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for The UPS Foundation.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF’s Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council.
Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF’s Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council. Serves as Principal, representing UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) organization as well as an Executive Advisor Representative to the Points of Light Institutes’ Service Council. Martinez also serves on the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and is Chairperson of its Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Martinez is former co-chair and appointee by the National Academy of Science of its national program, Resilient America. Martinez serves on the international board of UK-based Business In The Community. Martinez serves on the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030 a business led coalition to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He serves on the steering council of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Global Health Security Agenda and on the Board of the United Nations public-private sector coalition innovation incubator, Global Humanitarian Lab. Martinez is on the private sector advisory boards of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, ARISE Board. He also serves on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Mayoral Service Board.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960. He has lived in Atlanta since 1992, with his wife and three children.
Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law School. A member of the American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association, he is also a member of the Florida Bar.
As a member you have access to Points of Light expertise in corporate volunteerism, peer-to-peer networking opportunities through in-person meetings, the latest in sector learnings and compelling opportunities to engage senior executives across your organization.
- Learning Labs: Participate in virtual courses offering employee volunteer and CSR leaders an opportunity to connect with experts and peers to explore cutting-edge and emerging trends in corporate volunteerism.
- Publications and Effective Practices: Access to member-only publications highlighting new research, sector trends and effective employee volunteer practices.
- Senior Executive Networking & Learning: Engage senior executives across your organization in exclusive events.
- Advisory Services and Expert Hotline: Connect with and access Points of Light and sector experts with decades of practical experience to meet today’s employee engagement challenges.
- Regional Meetings: Bring together regional employees for training and networking hosted by CSC members, Points of Light and local partners.
- Corporate Service Council LinkedIn Group: Access a member-only group for knowledge sharing, news, best practices and research.
- Research and Benchmarking: Access to research and benchmarking to help you guide and grow your employee volunteer program.
Active engagement is a responsibility of Corporate Service Council members. We ask that you and your organization commit to:
- Help Yourself: Participate in at least two general CSC meetings (in person or by phone) and engage at least one senior executive to participate in a convening annually.
- Help Your Peers: Engage with your peers in sharing knowledge and expertise.
- Help the Field: Share best practices and benchmarking data for Points of Ligth annual research.