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March 1, 2018

Socially responsible investment: Empowering people through community service.

Socially responsible investment: Empowering people through community service.

From helping global corporations to helping local charities achieve their goals — it’s all in a day’s work.

Hauling debris off a fire-hazard hillside in the French countryside for France Bénévolat; enhancing the living environment for students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; rehabilitating old building materials at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; trailblazing for the London Wildlife Trust. What does that have to do with contract management or source-to-pay solutions?

For everyone at Determine, it’s our way to give back to the community. It brings tremendous gratification knowing we’ve contributed and produced results–whether it’s saving millions on corporate spend or bringing smiles to folks in need.

Barely a year ago, the executive team surveyed Determine employees on a wide range of topics, one being how to make the workplace itself more rewarding. The ability to volunteer time giving back to the communities where we live and work was an overwhelming first choice. As it turns out, many people at Determine were already involved in some type of volunteering on their own time. With unanimous consent by the executive team, employees are now able to choose their charity and volunteer on company’s time.

It takes a village.

DetermiNation is our village — a self-selected group of employees from all departments at Determine. The goal is to open more channels to apply the same commitment that our people show to customers to a wide variety of good causes. Importantly, this initiative is not a top-down mandate, but a grassroots effort that encompasses everyone in all our offices and remote employees worldwide.

It is an old adage to say doing good is good for business, but at Determine it goes way beyond corporate initiatives around social responsibility and philanthropy. It’s just part of who we are. We’re used to helping our customers make an impact; we’re thrilled to be able to do the same for our community.

The people of Determine are by far the company’s most important asset. Simply by giving them company time to volunteer, the investment in our amazing human ‘capital’ is exponentially rewarding for everyone involved.”

Patrick Stakenas, President, CEO and Director, Determine, Inc.

Small company, big heart.

For an initiative less than a year old at a company of just over 200 people, DetermiNation has already logged almost 450 hours of volunteer time, and counting. Thinking locally and acting locally happens globally. With offices in Atlanta, Carmel, San Mateo, DC, London, Paris, Aix-en-Provence and people working remotely all over, the range of organizations that teams are able to get involved with is varied and growing.

On behalf of the staff and students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, I want to sincerely thank you for the time, effort and support you provided to our school last week. It was very kind of you and your staff to take time out of your busy schedules to make a difference for the students at our school. Your willingness to assist has helped created a living environment our students and staff will greatly enjoy and provides an area that parents will feel comfortable in having their children reside throughout the week. The dorm really looks good and the color is so inviting. Thank you so much for your willingness to make a difference.”

— Jim Durst, Superintendent, Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

While our global team members are highly-experienced technology and business professionals, collaborating on carpentry and painting projects also gets us closer in partnering with each other. DetermiNation members can either join a team on focused Service Days or find ways to give back that have a personal interest. Whether cleaning up the environment, helping at animal shelters, building homes or any other possibility, it’s all in a day’s work.

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