One word comes to mind when AOS thinks of certain current & historical global events: unprecedented. Such events have tested companies in several ways and changed mainstream discourse about the role corporations should play in advancing and addressing social & global challenges. Therefore, AOS has embarked on its role of being a strong “corporate citizen” by way of our Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) Initiatives. There’s no turning back! Moving forward is the only direction for AOS and the expectation is that AOS will continue to expand our activism on, and investment in, the issues that matter to our employees, customers & communities.
With the heightened expectations on companies as influencers in the social & environmental sphere, AOS has brought CSR into its C-Suite. AOS executives believe that the elevation of corporate citizenship starts with them. AOS is a small, private educational services firm, but its focus on CSR is large! AOS is a multicultural, woman owned business. Therefore, expanding the diversity initiative is more than just gender equality and is crucial to how AOS operates its CSR. AOS has created a workforce and approach that embraces every culture, language, age, sexual orientation, disability, background and experience – and giving a voice to those differences.
AOS CSR initiatives may involve incurring short-term costs that do NOT provide an immediate or long term financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change. Moreover, AOS CSR typically allocates a percentage of its operating expenses annually, at its discretion, to fund and/or give to its CSR initiatives. Lastly, AOS CSR efforts often go beyond that of any regulated and social / environmental protection groups. AOS does this because it WANTS to, not because it has to!
Here are some key AOS CSR initiatives
- Full STEAM Ahead Program: This program enjoys a rich history of over 10 years (AOS’#1 service offered). The goal of the program is to improve participant attitudes towards the arts, math and technology, by making AOS STEAM programs fun, interesting, affordable, accessible and sustainable. AOS Site Coordinators deliver hands-on AOS Stepping and Dance lessons to participants in grades K-12 at an affordable cost.
- AOS Community Involvement Program (CIP): AOS CIP seeks to educate our communities we service to continue to find their future value & growth. AOS provides the means to channel funds, in the form of academic scholarships, to its AOS program participants. This is done to help them continue their education journey with a little financial help!
- Sneakers 2 Succeed: Advocate by taking action to combat extreme childhood obesity and other related ailments. AOS partners with Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Play and other organizations to get kids moving in the urban neighborhoods AOS services. We do this by providing new and gently worn sneakers to kids to get them moving for a day of fun! AOS understands that sometimes to get active you need the right gear and with the right shoes/sneakers AOS gets kids moving towards a healthier lifestyle.
- Diversity ROI Program – at AOS we know that human capital is our biggest asset! We also know the unique and diverse make up of our customers is what keeps us in business! In addition to creating a workplace inclusive of race, gender, and sexual orientation (to name a few), AOS also seeks value in something even simpler, diversity of thought. Therefore, AOS created the Diversity Return on Investment (ROI) Program with the goal of training its workforce, customers, program participants, etc. with free training, consultations, 1 on 1 meetings, etc. The latter was designed with the goal of leveraging as many free resources and tools possible to help the AOS workforce, customers, participants, etc. increase their brand awareness and thus improve their “ROI” to those they service now and in the future.
AOS is passionate about what it provides, who it works with and how things get done! Therefore, AOS CSR is very meaningful to our business strategy and philosophy. Being part of the educational services industry keeps AOS focused on learning and always finding more efficient, effective methods to do what we do! Thank you for your time and consideration in advance to read more about AOS CSR!