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American Staffing Association Honors Recipients of 2011 Care Awards

Award Recognizes Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

Last week, the American Staffing Association bestowed ASA Care Awards to three staffing companies, one industry supplier, and an ASA-affiliated chapter. The awards recognize outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives—business processes that produce an overall positive effect on society—among ASA member companies, associate members, and affiliated chapters.

A panel of independent CSR specialists selected the winners in five categories:

Firms with more than $100 million in annual sales
In honor of reaching 25 years in business, QPS Employment Group donated $25,000 to several organizations around the country—particularly in communities where the company has satellite offices. The company specifically focused on donating to organizations that were hit hardest by the recession, including food pantries and shelters.

Firms with $15 million–$100 million in annual sales
In 2010, Winter Wyman Financial Contracting participated in 31 community development events, ranging from fulfilling the holiday wish lists of 50 Boston Department of Children and Families children, to holding several clothing and toy drives throughout the year. The firm also continued its tradition of awarding holiday donations to local nonprofits; the Boston area’s Franciscan Hospital for Children used the firm’s $10,000 donation to renovate its occupational therapy room.

Firms with less than $15 million in annual sales
DRA Recruiting & Staffing Solutions created a “Growing Greener” campaign that focused on several environmentally friendly initiatives, including eliminating paper use whenever possible, implementing a recycling program at each office, and encouraging employees to reduce the amount of plastic bottled water used at the firm to reduce the size of its carbon footprint. DRA estimates a 65% reduction of waste company wide.

Associate member
Assurance Agency Ltd. established an employee-driven initiative designed to “inspire hope in local communities by becoming actively involved and developing meaningful partnerships with charitable organizations.” The company’s employees have volunteered some 9,000 labor hours at various events and donated nearly $35,000 toward a fund to give scholarships to working students in need.

ASA-affiliated chapter
The Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association held a free jobs summit and partnered with Dress for Success to hold a clothing drive during the event to collect business apparel donations for Minnesotans in need. The association collected over 1,000 items for low income job seekers.

ASA Care Award winners were formally honored Oct. 14 at Staffing World® 2011, the ASA convention and expo, in New Orleans.

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Interviews with ASA Care Award winners and ASA executives are available.

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting.

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