As environmental changes become increasingly evident, people are calling for action to build a more sustainable future. This call is not just for environmentalists, but for individuals, governments, and corporations around the world. Nowadays, corporate social responsibility (CSR) plays an important role in how brands create better recognition and build positive reputations. But it's not just about brand awareness. Sustainability efforts by companies help attract and retain talent, with purpose-driven companies experiencing 40 percent higher levels of workforce retention than their competitors.
TaskUs, a leading digital outsourcing services provider regards social responsibility as an opportunity to create a lasting impact on communities and their people, rather than just an obligation. It has been cultivating a culture that helps its employees to fulfill their purpose and become their best selves on and off the job since its inception in 2008. To commemorate its 15th anniversary, it launched the "TUgether We Serve" volunteer program, with a company-wide goal of reaching 1,500 volunteer hours. This program encourages employees to volunteer their time and abilities to participate in various community impact activities with TaskUs or other private organizations.
TUgether We Serve: Celebrating Sustainability and Community Impact
TaskUs has made CSR an integral part of its business values. The company has implemented various environmentally friendly initiatives across its sites worldwide, such as paperless practices, eco-friendly site buildouts, upcycling marketing collaterals, and encouraging bimodal transportation. In addition, TaskUs has embraced remote work and a work-from-home model to reduce the carbon emissions associated with commuting. The company also helps to fund clean energy and installs solar panels in remote communities. Furthermore, TaskUs has undertaken various outreach activities to support children, the elderly, and health workers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Social responsibility is the very lifeblood that inspires and fuels Us to always go above and beyond in helping those in need,” said Rhonda George, TaskUs’ Sr. Director for Global People Strategy - DEI/CSR/Transformation. “CSR is not just a work of one department in an organization. For TaskUs, the success behind our social responsibility programs is the unwavering dedication of our teammates to create a difference and fulfill a purpose."
In line with its “TUgether We Serve” volunteer program, TaskUs employees from Greece and the Philippines conducted different clean-up drives and a tree-planting activity. For one day, teammates had a remarkable display of commitment and community engagement.
TaskUs leaders and teammates from Greece and the Philippines held different community activities to help preserve the environment. Thessaloniki, Greece team held a clean-up drive in Axios National Park. Employees from Bulacan and Batangas, Philippines conducted coastal and underwater clean-ups in an estuary and in a larger body of water, the Verde Island Passage, which is the Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity. On the other hand, employees from Cavite, Philippines planted mangroves.
Christina Evangelou, one of the participants from Greece shared, “This activity made me feel that I’ve done something good for the community and the environment. Volunteerism brings me joy and a sense of fulfillment. It is important to take small steps toward creating a brighter future for all.”
Duaneford Gabato, a participant from TaskUs Philippines, expressed his belief that CSR activities can serve as motivations for change. According to him, "These activities can be encouraging and motivating for change. As social creatures, we all desire to feel belonged, involved, inspired, and engaged in each other's values. By participating, I feel like I am a part of a bigger community.”
During the activities, TaskUs employees planted 700 mangroves and collected 955 kilograms of waste. They also submitted data on the collected trash for Batangas to the Ocean Conservancy. Moreover, TaskUs surpassed its third-quarter 2023 goal of hitting 1,500 volunteer hours, recording an impressive 2,100+ volunteer hours for the quarter alone and a total of 2,700+ volunteer hours for the year to date. This demonstrates the dedication and passion of TaskUs employees towards giving back to society.
“Volunteers are more than individuals with free time. They are people with caring hearts and a desire to make a difference,” George added. “Employee volunteering experiences foster green initiatives, encourage a sustainability mindset, and promote community development. We are grateful to our teammates across the globe for joining these efforts.”
Ensuring sustainability and community impact means that our present actions should not compromise the well-being of the future collective, including all the species we share this planet with. The decisions we take, the innovations we adopt, and the values we prioritize today will shape the world we leave behind for the coming generations. At TaskUs, sustainability is not just a buzzword, but an essential part of our people-first culture.
To know more about TaskUs’ Environmental, Social, and Governance, visit our ESG page.