Alex Parkinson

Alex Parkinson is a Research Associate in the Corporate Leadership division of The Conference Board. He specializes in corporate philanthropy and sustainability, and is currently building his research portfolio focusing on social impact measurement and social impact bonds. Alex is Executive Editor of Giving Thoughts, a blog and online publication series addressing topical corporate philanthropy issues.

Before joining The Conference Board in September 2013, Alex worked as a Senior Consultant in London and New York for corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancy Context. He has advised some of the world’s leading multinationals on CSR communications and strategy development. His clients included Bloomberg, Brown-Forman, BSkyB, Burt's Bees, Cisco, HP, International Paper, PepsiCo, Roche, Standard Chartered, Syngenta, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Vodafone.

Alex spent two years after graduating university working as a reporter and sub-editor for UK-based financial media companies VRL KnowledgeBank and Vitesse Media. His stories appeared in publications including Business XL, Information Age, International Accounting Bulletin, The Accountant, and What Investment.

Alex holds a BSc in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Posts by Alex Parkinson

  • CECP and The Conference Board Release Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition (10.21.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board CECP, in association with The Conference Board, this week released Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, the leading annual analysis of corporate giving and employee engagement. A record 261 companies took part in this year’s Giving in Numbers survey, which found that giving increased for 64 percent of […]

  • Does Corporate Philanthropy Add Value to Your Company? (10.17.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Corporate Philanthropy and Company Value,” is now available to download for free. In this edition, we break from our series on social impact measurement and look at whether corporate philanthropy actually improves company value. Authors Ronald W. Masulis […]

  • Q&A with Anastasia Dellaccio: #GivingTuesday Grows with Corporate Support (10.15.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Anastasia Dellaccio, Special Initiatives, Outreach and Communications, United Nations Foundation Giving Tuesday, an annual global day dedicated to charitable giving, celebrates its third year on December 2, 2014. In that time, the campaign has garnered the support of some 350 corporate partners, which celebrate through a […]

  • Giving in Numbers Webcast: New Trends in Corporate Giving (09.24.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, the leading annual benchmark of corporate giving published by CECP in association with The Conference Board, will be released in October. Join members from CECP and me for an exclusive webcast on Wednesday, November 5 at 3:00pm (EST) as we discuss this […]

  • We Don’t Really Know What CSR Means to Millennials (09.17.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board We recently published a piece about impending labor shortages and how companies will need to use corporate social responsibility (CSR) to attract and retain top talent. If you aren’t already convinced of the argument, “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America,” an article in the […]

  • Strategic Focus Should Advance Evaluation Practices (09.12.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board “Focus” appears to be the theme of the week in the philanthropy sector. On Wednesday, we republished a piece from Exponent Philanthropy, which showcased an example of the success one foundation had in targeting its funding on one particular cause. Also released this week was The Corporate […]

  • What Do Impending Labor Shortages Mean for Corporate Philanthropy? (09.04.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board This week, The Conference Board released From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers, a new report that finds serious labor shortages in the world’s most advanced economies will create unprecedented challenges for business leaders and policymakers over the next 15 years and beyond. It’s interesting to […]

  • Part 2: Q&A with Alexandra van der Ploeg, SAP (09.03.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Alexandra van der Ploeg, Global CSR Program Lead, SAP Last month, we posted Part 1 of a Q&A with Alexandra van der Ploeg from SAP, looking at the company’s approach to pro-bono. In Part 2 of the piece, Alexandra discusses some of the behind-the-scenes work that […]

  • New Giving Thoughts Series Article: A Beginner’s Guide to Measuring Social Value (08.21.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts series, entitled “A Beginner’s Guide to Measuring Social Value,” is now available for download. Click here to access the free PDF. This edition was authored by Dr. Tessa Hebb and Babita Bhatt from the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at […]

  • Insight Minute: Giving in Numbers (08.01.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board In the July edition of The Conference Board Insight Minute, I highlight some of the early findings from the forthcoming Giving in Numbers report, published by CECP in association with The Conference Board. Click on the video below to find out more.

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