Alex Parkinson

Alex Parkinson is a Researcher 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

  • American Companies Reticent to Disclose Charitable Contributions Data (02.27.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board North American companies are least likely to disclose charitable contributions information, despite median contributions being higher than companies in any other region. This is one of many findings from The Conference Board’s Sustainability Practices Dashboard 2015, a comprehensive database and online benchmarking tool that captures the most recent […]

  • Connect on Key Corporate Philanthropy Issues (02.05.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board On February 10-11, The Conference Board’s Business-Community Impact Symposium in New York City will bring together social impact executives to discover how leading companies are making measurable positive impacts. Then, on Thursday, February 12, companies interested in taking part in this year’s Giving in Numbers survey can tune […]

  • Teach For America: How a Core Purpose Helps to Engage Employees and Extend Impact (02.03.15 )

    By Rebecca Ray, Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, and Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Last year, The Engagement Institute™, a community of more than 100 members under the supervision of a research team led by The Conference Board, Deloitte and Sirota, published DNA of Engagement: How Organizations Create and Sustain Highly Engaging […]

  • Sunsetting Group Gives Lessons to Future Volunteers (01.22.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Reimagining Service, a group of service and volunteering leaders backed by Bank of America, Deloitte and Gap, Inc., was established in 2009 as a time-bound campaign to increase social impact through effective volunteer engagement across all sectors. This month, the group concluded that the original purpose of Reimagining […]

  • Giving in Numbers 2015 Survey Open (01.15.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The data, insights and knowledge collected by the Giving in Numbers survey and disseminated annually through the Giving in Numbers report are unrivaled. Conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference Board, the benchmark’s importance to the sector is widely acknowledged by members of both organizations and other […]

  • Giving Thoughts’ Top Five from 2014 (12.23.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board It’s been a year since we launched Giving Thoughts, our complimentary blog and online publication series. Throughout 2014, a range of contributors have tackled some pressing philanthropy topics, and this week—before we sign off for 2014—we revisit some of our most popular posts.

  • Giving Thoughts Series: Global Pro Bono on the Rise (12.18.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The State of Global Pro Bono,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Amanda MacArthur, Vice President, Global Pro Bono and Engagement at PYXERA Global (click here to read our recent Q&A with Amanda), the piece looks more closely […]

  • #GivingTuesday Encouraging Early-Stage Corporate Philanthropy (12.02.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Whereas vast numbers of individuals and organizations will use Giving Tuesday to donate directly, for some companies it’s also about influencing others and making philanthropy easier and more ubiquitous in the corporate world. This is the goal of the Pledge 1% project, a new campaign that aims to […]

  • Home Depot: #GivingTuesday a Chance to Shine Spotlight on Partners (12.02.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving that will enter its third annual campaign on December 2, is not only an opportunity for individuals to give back, but also a chance for companies to generate buzz around certain campaigns. We’ve been speaking with some of those companies to […]

  • The Conference Board Releases Framing Social Impact Measurement (11.25.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board As part of The Conference Board’s series on key business issues, this week we have released Framing Social Impact Measurement, a compendium to help companies begin and expand their evaluation practices. A Strategic Overview of the report sheds light on how measuring true social impact—not simply counting donations […]

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