Pro bono work, volunteering and employee fundraising

Where possible, UBM offers complimentary or discounted services to not-for-profit entities. Examples include:

  • PR Newswire providing free distribution, PR and marketing support to promote the Community Engagement Series;
  • PR Newswire US providing ‘Disaster Relief’ with free of charge press releases; and
  • InformationWeek donating banner ad space in response to their client’s hunger awareness campaign for City Harvest.

We also donate computer and other equipment to schools, and at our events we donate stands to NGOs to enable them to build positive relationships with specific industries. UBM employees are encouraged to undertake volunteering activities and are given paid time off each year to volunteer. UBM operates a matched giving scheme available to all employees who fundraise for not-for-profit organisations as well as a payroll-giving scheme to match regular donations by employees.

The UBM's US Foundation has been linking business and society for 25 years, enabling employees to partner with business and community stakeholders in order to improve social conditions and provide value.

In 2013, the Foundation supoorted 270 nonprofits through volunteering and giving activities. Examples of initiatives include:

  • incorporating a Year Up student mentoring and workforce development activity in to a senior event managers' retreat;
  • launching a loyalty rewards programme where members may defer the monetary value of earning awards to Doctors Without Borders efforts and Kiva microloans worldwide;
  • leading a Save the Bay pro bono brand strategy team project;
  • renovating and reforesting various public, civic and natural spaces with colleagues and event audiences.

In addition to our commitment to the Community Engagement Series, in 2013 UBM made cash donations to charities of £138,280 (2012: £197,172).  In total we committed cash, resources and services of £903,907 (including the Community Engagement Series) (2012: £719,347).