Participating in and giving back to the San Diego community is at the heart of our company’s culture. This core value inspired a longstanding initiative called “Serving those who Serve our Community.” Now, to our surprise, the American Business Awards (ABA) handed us the 2014 Gold Stevie Award for best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program for our efforts.
It’s been an honor to work alongside local community organizations such as the Make a Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross, Feeding America, Operation Home Front, the Habitat for Humanity, The Monarch School, the SD Police Foundation, the SD Police Department, and the Humane Society. This Stevie award is as much yours as it ours.
As an employee-led initiative, supporting fellow San Diegans, “Serving those who serve our Community” has had an invaluable impact on our team’s sense of purpose. Our hope is that these efforts provide lasting benefits to those who allowed us to work alongside them.
CSR policy will continue to reflect our mission and core values. When asked about the driving force behind these initiatives, Jason Kulpa remarked, “Our culture at Underground Elephant is all about lending a hand and doing what we can to help make the San Diego community even better.”
The word stevie is Greek for “crowned.” ABA established the Stevie award to recognize outstanding performances in the workplace across several categories. In the case of CSR, Greek is especially appropriate. A couple thousand years ago, two Greek philosophers—Plato and Socrates—pondered the factors that contribute to a “just city,” which they believed should exhibit fairness on a large scale.
Society’s pursuit to cultivate more just communities continues today, requiring constant progression. Thanks to CSR, companies are playing an increasingly important role in this process. At Underground Elephant, we are happy to do what we can to help—our community deserves it. We are honored to receive American Business Awards honor.