American Institutes for Research Named Finalist in Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Awards by Ragan Communications

AIR’s CSR Program Recognized Alongside Fortune 500 Companies

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) was named a finalist in the employee engagement campaign category of Ragan Communications’ 2023 CSR and Diversity Awards.

The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the efforts of global organizations and companies working to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

AIR’s 2022 Giving Tuesday campaign focused on “Sharing the Warmth of Home” earned the institution the honor. The campaign united staff around an inclusive, shared experience centered on making a difference together, while creating space for employees to have their voices heard and influence AIR’s charitable giving in a significant way.

Nearly 600 staff played an active role in the campaign through a collective 40+ hours of engagement, helping AIR contribute a total of $30,000 to six charities providing shelter, safety and nourishment to at-risk individuals, families and communities. Recipients ranged from a shelter for transgender youth in Oklahoma to an organization supporting expectant mothers in Kenya.

“AIR’s recognition as a corporate social responsibility leader is a testament to our commitment to putting our values into action,” said Makini Nyanteh, AIR senior vice president and chief communications officer. “AIR leaders and staff care about making the world around us a better and more equitable place. It is part of our institution’s DNA.”

AIR’s award-winning Giving Tuesday campaign is part of its re-envisioned corporate social responsibility program, which also includes support for staff volunteerism, partnerships with community-based nonprofits focused on resilience, and global humanitarian aid. As a finalist, AIR is in the company of other distinguished organizations, including Mastercard, Pfizer, Cisco Systems, American Express, and PepsiCo Foundation. Winners will be announced at a luncheon in New York City on September 28.

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Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards honor organizations’ groundbreaking strategies and tireless efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable world, through dedication to social responsibility and diversity. Ragan Communications is an industry leader providing professional development, training, and intelligence to communicators, marketers, HR professionals, and business leaders worldwide.

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