2019 Optimas Award Winners for Corporate Citizenship

The Corporate Citizenship award recognizes organizations whose corporate citizenship programs are demonstrably and successfully linked to its employee recruiting, retention and engagement goals. Here are the winners for 2019:

Gold: Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software is a cloud-based human capital management and employee experience solutions provider. Its human capital management suite, UltiPro, delivers a variety of services including human resources, payroll, time reporting, talent recruitment, surveys and other HR solutions.

“Since we founded Ultimate Software, our mission has been to care for all people beginning with our employees, continuing to our customers and extending into our communities,” said Vivian Maza, chief culture officer at Weston, Florida-based Ultimate Software.

The company’s UltiPro Giving initiative is an internal application that’s been available to Ultimate Software’s 5,200 employees. That program now will be offered free to all of Ultimate Software’s North American customers. UltiPro Giving facilitates voluntary employee donations to company-sponsored causes by automatically deducting the donation amount from employees’ paycheck.

“Throughout our 29-year history, we’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to give and serve others across our communities. And now with UltiPro Giving, we can pay it forward by helping our customers and their employees make a meaningful difference on a global scale,” Maza said.

The initiative expands upon the Ultimate Software’s “People First” founding philosophy, and in 2018 Ultimate Software utilized UltiPro Giving to raise $1.27 million for causes and charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Campaign and other charitable causes.

UltiPro Giving also enables employees to come together to support co-workers experiencing sudden or unforeseen hardships or tragedies. In the past this has included raising $68,000 in honor and memory of a co-worker and all employees affected by illness requiring hospice care; and donating $60,090 to the University of Miami’s Health Systems Neurological Department in support of a colleague diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Integrating UltiPro as part of the overall employee experience has helped Ultimate Software maintain a 94 percent retention rate and a 96 percent customer retention rate.

For its efforts in charitable giving and now extending the program free to its customers, Ultimate Software is the 2019 Optimas Award Gold winner for Corporate Citizenship.

Silver: Tata Consultancy Services

Tata Consultancy Services is an international IT services company that understands the value of education in STEM subjects. The implementation of its Ignite My Future in School initiative has served as a proponent of STEM education since September 2017 and uses a multilayered engagement model to support students, teachers, parents, administrators and schools, emphasizing students from marginalized groups and under-resourced school districts.

The initiative provides in-person teacher professional development, and ensures that the content provided is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards Initiative and other frameworks so that the educators can easily integrate it into their lesson plans. There also is a free open-source platform, ignitemyfutureinschool.org, that provides year-round support through knowledge-sharing sessions, webinars and access to self-paced learning modules.

Because of its commitment to educational causes such as Ignite My Future in School, Tata Consultancy Services is the 2019 Optimas Award Silver winner for Corporate Citizenship.

Go here to read about the rest of the Optimas winners for 2019.

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