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

  • 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.

  • A Case for Strategic Philanthropy (07.30.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The question of whether corporate philanthropy actually generates business value is a perennial one. Solid empirical evidence to support the ubiquitous anecdotal argument is generally hard to come by, but earlier this year the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) released research that attempted to fill this gap. […]

  • Q&A with Amanda MacArthur: Leadership Development with Social Impact (07.08.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board, and Amanda MacArthur, Vice President of Global Pro Bono, PYXERA Global Corporations operate employee volunteering programs all over the world, but often they are sporadic, limited initiatives. PYXERA Global helps companies send employees on skills-based assignments with nonprofit and government partners, small- to medium-sized businesses, universities, associations, […]

  • New Giving Thoughts Series Article: Defining Impact (07.01.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts series, entitled “Defining Impact,” is now available for download. Click here to access the free PDF. The piece continues with the theme of social impact measurement, addressing the importance of establishing a clear definition of impact. The Conference Board has […]

  • Second Chance to Watch the Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Bonds Webcast (06.27.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Our special KnowlEdge Series webcast on corporate philanthropy and social impact bonds (SIBs) is now available on demand for members of The Conference Board. Watch a highlight below, or view the full webcast here. For more on SIBs, watch for my upcoming report, due out later this […]

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The Conference Board Giving Thoughts series is a monthly online publication in which corporate philanthropy experts delve into the most pressing issues affecting our members.

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A Beginner's Guide to Measuring Social Value

Defining Impact

A Standard for Social Impact Reporting

Data Collection and Analysis in Philanthropy

Classifying Social Impact Measurement Frameworks

Deconstructing Impact Investing
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