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Local Action Global Transformation
About Our Global Citizenship Report 2023
As citizenship increasingly aligns with how we operate, this report’s theme — Local Action, Global Transformation — showcases how the initiatives from regions and local offices increasingly define our 13-year-old global citizenship program. Through this report, we illuminate how we aspire in a world confronting climate change and inequality to generate sustainable and inclusive progress that delivers a societal impact worldwide.
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Local Action, Global Transformation

Citizenship at

For over a decade, we have committed to creating positive impact for our communities, our people, our clients and our society, at large. As a global company, we recognize our responsibility and the influence we have to make a positive impact. Our citizenship journey, as documented in our annual reports , underscores our commitment and our efforts to shape a better future for society.

From volunteerism and pro bono work to greener offices and responsible procurement, citizenship at Edelman continues to activate a collective force for good. We aim to align our policies, programs and operations to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to ensure we’re holding ourselves accountable every step of the way. We now focus our efforts across four key goals: Good Health & Well-being, Reduced Inequalities, Gender Equality and Climate Action.

Years of Service
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Letter from Richard Edelman

Letter from John Edelman

Global Citizenship Report 2023

Our Transformative Actions

Transformative Actions

From Local Champions to Global Change-Makers

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70 Days of Giving
We commemorated our 70th anniversary with a “70 Days of Giving” campaign between September 27 and December 6, 2022, when employees gave back by participating in various causes important in their communities.
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Earth Week 2023
Our offices around the world continue to expand the annual Earth Week activities that began in 2020. See how this global moment was celebrated through local action below:
  • Sydney volunteered at an animal shelter. 
  • China launched exciting Earth Week activations across the Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai offices. These activities included a step-donation campaign, a visit to a natural history museum, donations for stray animals, a green clean-up hike, and distributed biodegradable plant-based bookmarks that can be grown and potted.
  • Hong Kong hosted an Urban Oasis workshop with the World Wide Fund for Nature and created their own Japanese-style Kokedama, learned practice indoor gardening tips, and how to take care of plants that support our environment.  
  • India gifted saplings, encouraging each other to plant them and purchasing additional plants for the office space. 
  • Jakarta hosted a donation drive for RBS with school equipment, a non-profit organization that provides educational assistance to underprivileged children, and sorted trash with a local organization. 
  • Kuala Lumpur hosted a clothing donation drive for Kloth Cares, an organization that aims to reduce fabric from our landfills by distributing, recycling and repurposing clothing and fabrics. They also distributed “Grow Your Own Plant” kits to all employees. 
  • Singapore hosted an annual e-waste collection, gathering a total of 194.17kg of e-waste. The office also volunteered at Willing Hearts soup kitchen. 
  • Ho Chi Minh City collected clean plastic bags in collaboration with Limloop, to repurpose into tote bags, laptop bags and more. 
  • Taipei participated in a friendly challenge to complete more than 500 green actions as an office.
  • Seoul participated in briquette deliveries to hillside slums and hosted a plogging activity for the environment. 
  • Calgary planted local, seasonal flowers and plants in reusable pots. 

  • Toronto hosted a garden planting day in the outdoor patio space. 

  • Germany hosted a lunch and learn brainstorm session to plan earth-centric citizenship events for the upcoming fiscal year. 
  • Amsterdam hosted a foodbank collection drive focused on plant-based options and provided a sustainable office lunch that featured locally grown and produced food.  
  • Spain created a campaign of internal communications and sustainability resources to share information related to nature, food systems, sustainability and the climate with employees. 
  • South Africa partnered with Food & Trees for Africa to host an educational climate change virtual session and donated R10,000 ($5,134.00 USD) towards 50 trees to be planted at two schools. The office also organized an 
  • hosted an educational sustainability talk and office planting activity. 
  • UAE hosted events in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices where employees were able to purchase sustainable plants for home or office use
United States
  • Miami planted Florida-native blanket flowers and repurposing household items as planters. 
  • Los Angeles hosted an in-office clothing swap, with the remaining items donated to LA Midnight Mission
  • Bay Area Hub hosted a beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation
  • Atlanta hosted a park cleanup with Piedmont Park Conservancy
  • Chicago hosted a beach cleanup at Loyola Park.  
  • New York hosted a clothing drive in collaboration with the Bowery Mission and participated in a tree restoration project for the Hudson Square Bid
  • Seattle hosted a community garden planting event. 
  • Austin hosted a “Bring Your Own Planter” party and provided houseplants, soil and tools. 
  • Dallas/Houston hosted a vegan lunch and distributed plant seedlings.
  • Washington, D.C.volunteered virtually with Free Rice, building an on-site space for employees to complete
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FY23 Highlights
93% of employees completed all mandatory training as of June 30, 2023.

Our global Citizenship Score, hit 8.48 on a 10-point scale, the highest global score in five years.
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FY23 Highlights
We have submitted a 2050 long-term net-zero target to SBTi.

Our carbon emissions for the calendar year 2022 decreased 30% from 2019 baseline.
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FY23 Highlights
We completed the Ecovadis assessment and received a silver rating, placing us among the top 11% of rated companies for sustainable business practices.

We received “B” (Management Level) rating on the CDP climate change assessment.
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FY23 Highlights
Over $1.5 million donated to over 1000 nonprofit organizations since 2011 through the Community Investment Grant Program

13,572 hours of community engagement (volunteerism and board advisory)
Local Action, Global Transformation

Looking Forward

Our citizenship journey began 13 years ago as a ‘nice to have’, not a ‘must have’ program. It now has advanced to the ultimate transformation of embedding citizenship in all we do and in how we think and work throughout our global operations.

We have set ambitious climate and emission-reduction goals, responsible supplier and supplier diversity objectives, meaningful diversity, equality, and inclusion targets for hiring and promoting our talent, and firm ambitions for reducing our offices’ and our overall environmental footprint globally.

We believe our citizenship approach has kept us ahead of the pack. That’s essential today to meet environmental and social mandates that our stakeholders expect. Every organization and each of us must do our part to address climate change that already appears to be damaging our planet — and our lives. We’re looking forward to driving further transformations in years to come. 

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