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

  • 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 […]

  • Find Out How Leading Companies Address Critical Philanthropy Issues (11.18.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board On February 10-11, 2015, The Conference Board will host the Business-Community Impact Symposium in New York City, bringing together professional peers to discover how leading companies are making measurable positive impacts. Gain the tools you need to capitalize on your company’s core competencies, employees and products to strategically […]

  • Upcoming Philanthropy Webcasts Address China and New Trends in Corporate Giving (10.30.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Research Associate, The Conference Board Two upcoming webcasts from The Conference Board will focus on findings from Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, and the state of the philanthropy sector in China. Join representatives from CECP and me on Wednesday, November 5, for the complimentary webcast “New Trends in Corporate Giving.” Then on […]

  • 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 […]

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