Contributing to the communities in which it does business has earned Columbus-based TSYS a spot in “The Civic 50,” a list that includes corporate heavyweights 3M, FedEx, General Electric and Microsoft.
The Civic 50, launched in 2012, identifies through a survey and evaluation those companies that go the extra mile to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.
Published by Bloomberg News, the process is handled by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Life, with both organizations considered authoritative sources on civic engagement.
TSYS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Phil Tomlinson called his firm’s inclusion on the list a “tremendous honor,” saying it reflects on the “pride” his employees take in their work and community involvement.
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“Giving back to the communities where we are located both as a company and individually is the right thing to do,” he said.
One of the major accomplishments at TSYS is its annual contributions to United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, with the company this year donating more than $1.2 million to the organization that helps dozens of agencies and thousands of local residents each year. The global credit-card processor has topped $1 million in United Way giving for several years and is the agency’s top local donor.
The company also is a Partners in Education participant with Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy and Shaw High School, while also giving each employee up to 20 paid hours every year to volunteer in local organizations. On top of that, the “TSYS Green Initiative” focuses on the environment through recycling and energy-saving efforts at its offices and facilities.
“The Civic 50 recognizes companies seeking to best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business,” the National Conference on Citizenship says on its website.
Other notable names on the list include Alcoa, AT&T, Citigroup, Hershey, IBM, Raytheon, United Parcel Service and Wal-Mart Stores.
“These 50 companies are showing others in the private sector how to boost the bottom line and make the world a better place,” Michael Weiser, chairman of the National Conference on Citizenship, and Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light, said in a joint statement.
TSYS is marking its 30th anniversary of doing business this year. On Friday, that continues with the company burying a time capsule on its downtown Columbus campus, which will be unearthed in a couple of decades.
For more about The Civic 50, visit online at www.Civic50.org.