Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) — the leading legislative and regulatory advocacy organization for America’s financial services industry — awarded 21 financial services companies with Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Awards on Wednesday, June 15, in the District of Columbia. Of those recipients was Associated Bank.
The awards, which recognize companies that provide leadership in improving communities and expanding financial literacy in America, are part of FSR’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. The program promotes the positive impact that members like Associated Bank are making locally, nationally and even globally. Contributions are measured by investments in social-business opportunities, support of social causes and contributions to nonprofits focused on financial education, community development and the environment.
FSR presented the award to Associated Bank for their efforts in 2015, including:
- Overall colleague volunteers and volunteer hours*
- Number of Corporate Social Responsibility projects*
- Number of financial-education initiatives
- Money raised and/or donated to Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
Congressman Sean Duffy, representing Wisconsin’s 7th District, presented the award to Corey Hoze, director of relations & regulatory affairs, on behalf of Associated Bank. Each award was formally presented by a member of Congress from the recipient’s home state. Hoze received the award during a reception with the CSR Honorary Congressional Host Committee on Capitol Hill, in the Rayburn House Office Building.
FSR’s vice president of corporate social responsibility Judy Chapa said, “FSR member companies gave back in a big way in 2015, donating more than $1.1 billion and volunteering close to 8 million hours, while completing 632,631 CSR projects and 51,965 financial-literacy projects. These companies are shining examples of the good work the financial services industry is doing to serve our communities.” Member companies include the country’s leading banking, insurance, asset management, finance and credit card companies.
Hoze added, “I am honored to have received this award on behalf of Associated Bank and to represent a company that makes community involvement a top priority, from giving charitable grants to empowering colleagues to get involved. As the legislative and regulatory environments for banks get more challenging every day, it is important for our lawmakers and regulators to see how banks are making their communities stronger in so many ways. I applaud FSR’s efforts to highlight the positive impact banks like Associated are having throughout the country.”
In 2015, FSR featured Associated Bank as a Company of the Week for their Hits for Homes program, a collaboration with the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation to benefit Housing Resources, Inc. (HRI). That program has returned for another exciting season of Brewers baseball in 2016. Through May, the Hits for Homes program has provided more than $40,000 in home-repair grants, given by HRI to low-to-moderate-income homeowners who experience financial distress and deferred maintenance on their properties in southeastern Wisconsin.
*Per 1,000 full-time employees.