Eight years ago, Ketchum established September as their Global Month of Service – the time of year when each office donates up to half a day for volunteerism with one or more nonprofit organizations. The pro bono endeavor lets employees contribute their skills and time to nonprofits and local communities that need assistance. Employee efforts around the world represent a collective passion for giving back to the community and ability as a global program to make a difference.
2015 was a record-breaking year, with 35 offices across the globe participating in various activities and fundraisers in support of Ketchum Social Responsibility Month (KSR) – a 52 percent increase in office participation over last year.
Volunteer projects range from going out and getting hands dirty with park cleanups, to stocking food pantries, organizing events for patients at a rehabilitation center, reading to children and the elderly and holding month-long donation campaigns to collect coats, pet supplies and more for local organizations.
In addition, several offices chose to support the Syrian refugee crisis this year through fundraisers and collection drives as part of KSR Month, due to the increase in severity and impact the crisis has had around the world.
KSR Month By The Numbers:
- More than 1,200 Ketchum employees participated in the global month of service
- 35 Ketchum offices and affiliates provided opportunities for employees to get involved in group volunteer activities
- 45 local, national and international nonprofit organizations benefitted from Ketchum’s contributions
- Employees represented 15 countries in North America, South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East
To see the agency’s efforts in action this year, watch this video.