Waynesburg Launches Center for Corporate Social Responsibility

Chevron and Waynesburg University have launched the Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at Waynesburg University, a first-of-its-kind center in the region. The center was made possible through a $250,000 commitment from Chevron.

During an October 23 press event hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Chevron and Waynesburg University shared their excitement about the partnership and provided an overview of the center’s programming.

“Our partnership with Waynesburg University underscores our belief that the best way to support the region, now and for decades to come, is to work with community partners to achieve shared goals,” said Trip Oliver, manager of policy, government and public affairs for Chevron Appalachia. “We strive to build strong relationships and make investments that support progress and prosperity in the communities where we live and operate. The Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at Waynesburg University represents another step toward achieving that goal.”

The Concept

The Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, located at Waynesburg University's Southpointe Center, seeks to build a network of professionals in the region dedicated to sharing best practices in corporate social responsibility work. Today's corporate social responsibility encompasses more than just sustainability and philanthropy for businesses, it is about creating value for all and impacting communities in meaningful ways.

Exceptional social performance is no longer considered a bonus for companies to value, it has become vital to their success. As a membership organization, valuable resources will be shared with members to build stronger and more valuable corporate social responsibility programs.

Potential Members

 *   Corporations
 *   Corporate Foundations
 *   Professional Associations
 *   Businesses (of all sizes)
 *   Professionals in the following roles: corporate affairs, community relations, environmental, health, safety and regulatory, human resources, communications and public relations, government relations, attorneys, volunteer coordinators

The following corporations were announced as initial members of the Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility: 84 Lumber, Community Bank, CONSOL Energy, EQT Corporation, First Federal of Greene County, Range Resources and Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

Member Benefits

 *   Recognition as a member on the website
 *   Complimentary registration for speaker series, roundtables and social events
 *   Discounted rate for special events
 *   University-driven sharing of relevant news, best practices and data
 *   Peer-member contact information
 *   Peer-member benchmarking survey

Potential Programming

 *   Employee volunteer programs and opportunities*
 *   Peer-to-peer networking*
 *   Strategic social investment and philanthropy*
 *   Assessing return on investment
 *   Stakeholder mapping and external engagement strategies
 *   Sharing impacts/storytelling
 *   Best management practices
 *   Due diligence
 *   Recipient accountability
 *   Reporting value to executives and internal leadership
 *   Thought leadership lectures by inspiring partner university faculty
 *   Speaker series and roundtable discussions
 *   Annual conference
 *   Research projects in the region
 *   Needs assessment

*Through preliminary research from local organizations, more than two-thirds of those surveyed shared that focusing on these subjects would be the most beneficial.

Local Coverage

See also article in Observer Reporter.

Learn more today

Phone: 724-743-4422
Email: csr@waynesburg.edu