Parsons Brinckerhoff strives to uphold the example set by our founder, William Barclay Parsons, who devoted an extraordinary amount of his energy and talents to community service. We honor his legacy through our interactions with stakeholders, both within the company and in the wider community.
The Community Involvement Challenge
Parsons Brinckerhoff provides employees with numerous opportunities throughout the year to work with the people in their home communities, either through volunteer activity or contributions to charities. The Professional Growth Network (PGN), designed to improve career enhancement opportunities and communication among all employees globally, promotes the active involvement of Parsons Brinckerhoff employees in social, charitable, and recreational activities. In cooperation with Parsons Brinckerhoff's Human Resources Department, the PGN implemented the Community Involvement Challenge, a friendly, year-long competition in which Parsons Brinckerhoff offices across the U.S. vie for the most points by donating money, time, services, and goods. The winners are rewarded with money donated to a charity of the winning office's choice. In 2010, for example, Parsons Brinckerhoff employees donated 11,887 hours, $270,423, and 262 pints of blood. The PGN also sponsors a community involvement week during which Parsons Brinckerhoff employees are encouraged to perform volunteer work in their communities.
Matching Funds Program
A major annual Parsons Brinckerhoff fundraising effort is the Matching Funds Program, administered in the U.S. by the Parsons Brinckerhoff Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm. A similar matching gift program is administered throughout Parsons Brinckerhoff's UK offices. The Parsons Brinckerhoff Foundation matches employee donations to selected charities and in response to global disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that occurred in Southeast Asia.
Parsons Brinckerhoff's strong record of social responsibility is evidenced not only by the nature of the projects we undertake, but by our commitment to the communities in which these projects are situated. Where necessary, we establish innovative and effective mitigation programs, and work with community groups to offset any adverse impacts of project development on both a short- and long-term basis.