Tech Cares Award Winners: Unveiling Leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility

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Becky Susko
August 8, 2023
Blog, Technology Awards
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Tech Cares Award Winners: Unveiling Leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the B2B tech industry shows a company’s commitment to supporting employees, communities, and the environment. There are a variety of ways a company can partake in CSR initiatives, and the TrustRadius 2023 Tech Cares Awards recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to do so.

Areas of focus for the 2023 Tech Cares Awards were:

  • Volunteerism
  • Robust diversity, equity, and inclusion programs
  • Charitable donations and fundraising
  • Workplace culture, including support for remote and in-office employees 
  • Demonstrable support for environmental sustainability

Now, for the fourth year running, we are thrilled to announce and celebrate the Tech Cares Award winners. Furthermore, in scouring through the multitude of exceptional nominations received, we noticed several emerging trends in CSR among B2B tech vendors that other tech companies can apply within their organizations.

Vendors going beyond profit-making activities 

It’s not every day vendors are recognized for making a positive impact on society or the environment. Receiving that positive brand image can go a long way in a buyer’s eyes. Buyers, especially millennials (65% of the workforce), want to align themselves with brands that participate in CSR. That’s why Tech Cares Award winners are given a badge to wear proudly on their website, social media, and any marketing collateral. If you see that badge, you know they’ve done something positive for their community.

We were blown away by the outstanding nominations received for the 2023 Tech Cares Awards. On top of the 165 winners on this year’s list, we noticed:

  • 9 Vendors have made the list for all four consecutive years
  • 43 were consecutive winners from last year
  • 106 are new to the Tech Cares Award list

Those vendors are really showing commitment to CSR. We are inspired and applaud their efforts!

Exploring B2B CSR trends

Shaping a more inclusive and compassionate tech industry doesn’t happen overnight. But it is happening, and we are excited! In the many Tech Cares submissions received this year, we noticed that tech companies are expanding their breadth of focus in CSR. They’re donating to those in need, lifting up women in tech, and making inclusion-for-all real. 

TrustRadius couldn’t be prouder of what we’re seeing out in the real world. Some of these trends have been on the rise for the last couple of years, but some are newer to the game. Here’s a list of eight top trends in CSR for B2B tech companies:

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Volunteerism
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Generous donations
  • Community impact
  • Employee well-being and development
  • Support for women in technology
  • Education support

Companies we’d like to highlight for excelling in these trends

Sustainability and the environment

Vendors are prioritizing sustainability beyond carbon neutrality, engaging in reforestation projects and setting climate neutrality targets. 

  • PFL: Partners with PrintRelief Exchange (PRX) for reforestation efforts, contributing to environmental sustainability
  • DocuWare: Runs a “one tree planted” program to restore forests, demonstrating a commitment to the environment
  • TeamViewer: Requires suppliers to define climate neutrality targets, promoting sustainability throughout their supply chain
  • Acumatica: Achieves a “visionary” rating for sustainability efforts, making significant strides in environmental responsibility
  • KnowBe4: Their Green Team initiative removed over 800 pounds of trash in six months, showcasing a their dedication to sustainability
  • Adyen: Stands out with ethical business practices and sustainable development creating positive impacts for both people and the planet while enabling climate action projects through their technology
Volunteerism

Many nominated vendors showcased their commitment to giving back through employee volunteer programs and community engagement initiatives.

  • Hyland Software: Offers volunteer time off (VTO) programs, encouraging employees to engage in community service
  • Xactly Corp: Holds volunteer events like C.A.R.E. week, emphasizing their commitment to giving back
  • Procore Technologies: Supports over 800 nonprofit builders and institutions, making a significant impact in their community
  • Linqia: Actively volunteers with Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, serving the homeless community through regular dinner services
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

Vendors are promoting diversity and inclusion through employee resource groups (ERGs) and robust DEI programs.

  • Matillion: The Matillion Together initiative promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, driving progress within the company
  • ChurnZero: Partners with Success in Black, exemplifying their commitment to equity and representation
  • ScienceLogic: Establishes five executive-sponsored ERGs (PowHER, Black Logicians, Scilo Pride, Scilo Vets, and HOLA), showcasing a dedication to diversity and inclusion
  • Riskified: Creates an inclusive environment, fostering diversity and positive workplace culture
Generous donations

Vendors are making a positive impact through generous donations to support small businesses, nonprofits, education, and bridging the digital divide.

  • BMC Software: Commits over $27 million in purchase orders to support small businesses, including women-owned, veteran-owned, and disadvantaged businesses
  • Prophix Software: Makes quarterly donations of $50,000 to nonprofit organizations upon achieving sales targets
  • athenahealth: Extends healthcare technology and support services to numerous free and charitable clinics across the United States through their athenaGives program
  • Oracle NetSuite: Nonprofits of all sizes are eligible for a base donation of NetSuite’s nonprofit solution with no-cost activation, which is ideal for powering a small organization’s financial management with no recurring cost
  • Cisco: The Cisco Foundation makes substantial contributions of $494 million in cash and in-kind support to community programs, including Cisco Networking Academy
  • Verve Group, Inc.: Dedicated over $10,000 in CTV spend to raise awareness for Project Drawdown and combat climate change
  • Paychex: Provides million-dollar grants to prominent organizations such as Mental Health America, Feeding America, Junior Achievement USA, and the National Urban League
  • WellSky Foundation: Directs funding of nearly $1.3 million to over 30 organizations in the communities where the company operates
  • BlueJeans by Verizon: Verizon displays a commitment to bridging the digital divide and providing assistance by pledging $3 billion to support those in need
Community Impact

Vendors are actively engaged in initiatives that create a positive difference in both broad and niche communities, as well as addressing various social issues.

  • Arcoro: Partners with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), empowering women and promoting gender equality within the construction industry
  • Paysafe: Promotes financial inclusion with PaysafeCcsh, catering to underbanked and unbanked communities
  • airSlate: Swiftly responded to a fire that devastated the Sirius animal shelter near Kyiv, Ukraine, providing essential support
  • Paycor: Partners with the Cincinnati Bengals to foster economic empowerment within the community
  • Vonage: Collaborates with organizations like the Starlight Children’s Foundation to enhance the experiences of ill children
  • Gamban: Provides global protection to thousands of players, ensuring safer gambling practices
  • Light IT Global: Engages in charity work, supporting orphans and organizing educational activities
  • Apify: Their data extraction software aids in the identification of victims of human trafficking for Thorn
  • DemandScience: Partners with First Tee to empower young individuals
  • NetSuite: Organizes events where employee teams collaborate with social impact organizations
Employee well-being and development

Companies are investing in their employees’ growth, well-being, and unique needs through programs, support, and open communication.

  • Tealium: Stood out with their “Connects” programs, including LIFT University, Boost Manager Program, and Elevate Leadership Program for employee learning, development, and leadership training
  • Creatio: Fostered a culture of continuous improvement with Idea Labs initiative and an open-door policy for direct communication with executives
  • Vincere: Encouraged employees to share experiences and stories through the ”Our People, Our Stories” initiative
  • TriNet: Committed to employee well-being by enhancing parental leave policies and supporting medical care travel expenses
  • SysAid: Prioritized employees’ children’s well-being with organized summer camps, ensuring a balanced work-life dynamic
  • Mavenir: Utilized an employee intranet to celebrate cultural diversity, showcase traditions, and foster cross-cultural exchange
  • Diligent: Implemented a fast-track program to support Ukrainian citizens with resumé reviews, financial assistance for relocation, and help with visa requirements
Support for women in technology

Vendors are actively working to address gender disparities and empower women in the tech industry through scholarships, partnerships, and internal initiatives.

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise: Expanded their scholarship for the Oxford Women’s Leaders Program, providing 16 participants with a six-week online course opportunity
  • RMS North America: Forged partnerships with organizations like Girls Who Code to promote inclusivity and address underrepresentation of women in technology
  • RedTeam: Prioritized female representation through marketing campaigns and events to normalize women’s presence in the tech industry
  • Conductor: The Women of Conductor organization supported women in tech through initiatives and fundraising for organizations like Black Girls CODE and the Brigid Alliance
  • Quadient and Versapay: Both companies made deliberate efforts to achieve gender equality and elevate women in their organizations
Education support

Vendors are recognizing the importance of education in empowering individuals and communities, with a focus on promoting STEM education and addressing educational disparities.

  • Skilljar: Provided used computers to underprivileged students through Northwest Education Access for improved online learning
  • Akamai Foundation: Is focused on promoting STEM education and community development initiatives
  • PowerSchool: Collaborated with universities and mission-driven organizations to address the national teacher shortage and foster diversity in education
  • Informatica: Established STEM labs, promoted hands-on learning, and supported initiatives like menstrual hygiene education and mid-day meal programs
  • Ellucian: Created programs and partnerships to uplift underrepresented students in education
  • SAP: Partnered with University of the People to foster accessible education opportunities
  • Renaissance Learning: Introduced personalized teaching through their See Every Student programming to inspire enhanced learning experiences

What a remarkable and inspirational shift toward prioritizing corporate social and environmental impact and responsibility. By fostering innovation and diversity, supporting education, and our planet, these vendors are truly making a difference.

TrustRadius is proud to announce the 2023 Tech Cares Award winners

Listed in alphabetical order, here are the companies who are going above and beyond to embody compassion and exceptional corporate social responsibility:

About the Author

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Becky Susko
Becky Susko is a strategic-thinking marketing program specialist. She has a proven track record for driving business value with creative and innovative branding strategies and engaging communications. She’s passionate about pushing TrustRadius to achieve brand integrity and awareness goals. As an integral part of the TrustRadius marketing team, Becky transformed a program in its beginning stages into a very successful campaign. Becky has a knack for relationship-building and being transparent, and thinks of herself as a mom superhero who lets her kids crash meetings here and there for funsies.