Each year, the CVA awards individual volunteers, non-profit organizations, and businesses across the country who have offered exceptional time and energy to helping communities. Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development granted us this award for the Business Leader category, and we are so grateful to each member of the Phil team for continuing to support our communities in Quebec and across Canada.
Since becoming a B Corp in 2017, Phil has tracked the number of volunteer hours our employees dedicate to the community, has made ethical decisions when selecting suppliers and hiring contractors, and has taken on pro bono projects that contribute to solving local problems and create a social benefit. As a B Corp, we go beyond being just socially responsible as corporations, we vow to use our business to push the current economic, social, and environmental framework to be sustainable for the earth and all of its inhabitants.
Phil’s volunteering initiatives are an extension of our mission to increase the impact and reach of not-for-profit organizations. Whether dedicating ourselves to promote and encourage a wider social participation in the worldwide movement for generosity called GivingTuesday, or taking on 3 percent of projects on a pro bono basis, our employees are valued, supported, and rewarded for their individual implications as volunteers in the community. From governing board members to hands-on work in classrooms or church basements – the team at Phil is united in our civic engagement and belief in philanthropy.
In 2021, the Phil team volunteered over 700 hours to the community, all while maintaining our operations during the pandemic.
Crisis forces us outside our comfort zone, and there has been no greater crisis for the nonprofit sector than the COVID-19 pandemic. Phil quickly became a role model for worried organizations by offering support free of charge through consultations as well as webinars that provided immediate solutions to many of the preoccupations of front line groups. *It is the contagion effect that Phil hopes to propagate by giving our own practices as an example for nonprofits to emulate, in order to have a greater impact in resolving the inequities facing our society.
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” – Mother Teresa