Fortune magazine has recognized Alston & Bird as a leader in community giving and service.
In its 2016 list of the "50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back,” Fortune ranks Alston & Bird No. 39 – one of only three law firms chosen for the list, which the publication describes as “great employers whose dedicated workers are making the world a better place, one volunteer project at a time.”
“Supporting the communities in which we live and work is an important point of focus for our firm and a cornerstone of our culture,” said Richard Hays, Alston & Bird managing partner. “Our people make us who we are, and we celebrate their generosity of spirit that speaks the common language of giving and connects us with our communities and with each other."
In the past year, Alston & Bird has volunteered more than 50,000 hours in legal services and aid for the poor and disadvantaged while also supporting community projects, such as sending holiday care packages to U.S. troops overseas, helping build affordable housing and donating more than 400 computers to nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad, including several African countries. In addition, the firm provides employees tangible support for whatever causes move them to action, including offering full-time employees up to two weeks of paid leave each year for volunteer work and community service.
“We are immensely proud of the leadership and passion shown by our employees through their selfless acts every day,” said Cathy Benton, Alston & Bird chief human resources officer. “They value the opportunity to give back and are dedicated to a wide range of causes such as human rights protection, the environment, education, community development, arts and culture and many more.”
Fortune partnered with consulting firm Great Place to Work® to create the rankings, which are based on surveys of more than 240,000 randomly selected employees from nearly 600 organizations. Employees rated the difference they make at work, the meaningfulness of their jobs and the impact they feel their organization makes in its community.
“The Best Workplaces for Giving Back demonstrate more than just a commitment to charity,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president at Great Place to Work®. “These organizations have earned employees' admiration by involving staffers in their community service efforts and contributing resources in ways that genuinely reflect their unique cultures.”
This is the second Fortune ranking earned this year by Alston & Bird. In March, the firm was named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For® ,” the 17th consecutive year that the firm has been singled out by the magazine for its exceptional workplace culture. Alston & Bird was also recognized last year as one of Fortune’s “Top 10 Best Companies for Women.”
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