CVS Health has been recognized by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as one of the fifty most community-minded companies in the United States.
WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today was recognized by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as one of the fifty most community-minded companies in the United States. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.
The Civic 50 companies were announced at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Seattle, where leaders in volunteerism and civic engagement are gathering to discuss social innovation, cross-sector collaboration and citizen engagement can drive change.
"We are fortunate at CVS Health to have colleagues and customers who are generous with their time, expertise and giving to make meaningful differences in the communities we serve," said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Health. "As a pharmacy innovation company committed to helping people on their path to better health, we're always looking to identify new and effective ways to make our communities healthier places to work and live."
CVS Health's recognition among the Civic 50 follows the recent release of the company's 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report which highlights a year-round commitment to driving community impact. In 2016, CVS Health contributed more than $90 million in community support through CVS Health Foundation giving, corporate grants, gifts in-kind and employee volunteerism which grew year-over-year by 65 percent. In addition, the company continued to innovate to meet the evolving health care needs of the community. For example, last year CVS Health connected more than 100,000 people with limited resources to preventive health services through a program called Project Health.
CVS Health also encourages its colleagues to participate in year-round pro-bono projects and skills-based volunteerism. For example, through a program called Pharmacists Teach, the company's pharmacists have visited high school health classes across the country, teaching more than 275,000 students about the dangers of drug abuse.
"At CVS Health, our purpose is helping people on their path to better health and we are committed to leveraging our resources, skills and experience to make a difference in our communities," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health, and president of the CVS Health Foundation. "We're honored to be recognized for that as a part of the Civic 50."
This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including being ranked #45 on Fortune's Most Admired Companies list and included among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
The Civic 50 survey was administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the Civic 50 scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.
For more information about CVS Health's approach to corporate social responsibility, visit https://cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.
To learn more about The Civic 50, please visit www.Civic50.org.