American Business Collaboration (ABC) Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
As the Largest Private Sector Investment of Its Kind to Support
1992, The ABC Has Invested More Than $125 Million in America's Workforce
BOSTON, MA -
- In celebration of its 10th year, The American Business Collaboration
(ABC) announces its continued commitment to provide dependent care
benefits and services to support employees in the workplace. To
mark its 10th year, the ABC will announce highly anticipated research
results concerning tele/remote workers, and host a series of web
teleconferences to highlight dependent care issues affecting employees,
including: tele/remote work, elder care, school age programs and
back up care.
The ABC will
launch these initiatives under an expanded model of collaboration
that includes the sharing of expertise, information, leadership
and financial resources among ABC Champion members in an effort
to find new ways to support their employees in the evolving workforce.
"The ABC was built on the theme of 'Doing together what none of
us can afford to do alone'," said Ted Childs, IBM Vice President,
Workplace Diversity. "After 10 years, ABC's collaboration of nine
leading US companies is stronger than ever as we come together to
pool ideas, expertise, data and resources. We are committed to meeting
the increasing demands of work/life balance that face employees.
Our goal is to create new choices that will allow our US workforce
to excel in today's challenging and dynamic work environment."
Anniversary year will bring work/life and dependent care issues
to the forefront of the American business agenda. The tele/remote
worker research study is the only study of its kind, taking a multi-directional,
multi-variant view of the tele/remote worker for the purpose of
identifying the root causes of tele/remote worker success or failure,
and offering options for creation of solutions to ensure tele/remote
worker success. The web teleconference series will feature expert
speakers and target a business audience of corporations interested
in improving their dependent care programs in order to impact their
bottom line through attraction and retention of highly qualified
employees. The teleconferences will encourage discussion of "best
practices" between participating companies. The full schedule of
the ABC's 10th anniversary events will be announced in May and will
also be available on their website at www.abcdependentcare.com.
economic times call for a greater sense of collaboration among our
business leaders in order to retain skilled employees and meet the
needs of a changing workforce," said Deb Phillips, Director of ABC.
"This is a remarkable step for American business: to share information,
data, ideas, as well as resources, between competing companies in
order to make a difference for their employees."
and 2001, the ABC invested over $125 million in funding for child,
school age, and elder care programs to fulfill its mission to create
and fund programs and resources that merge the goals of corporations
with the needs and responsibilities of employees as caregivers of
children, teens and elders. During these first nine years, innovative
programs for backup care, elder care services, intergenerational
programs and school age programs were developed to alleviate gaps
between the needs of working families and available services and
programs in identified communities across the country. In this time,
more than 1,500 childcare and eldercare projects were funded through
collaboration by companies participating in ABC's efforts. These
projects impacted more than 135,000 children and elders in more
than 65 communities. However, the ABC recognizes that there is more
work to be done. It is committed to continuing to provide services
including school-age care, infant care, back-up care and elder care
to meet the needs of employees.
these goals, today, eight U.S. national and international corporations
(Champions) form the core of the ABC collaboration. They include:
Abbott Laboratories, Deloitte & Touche, Exxon Mobil Corporation,
General Electric, IBM Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers,
and Texas Instruments. To learn more about the ABC, call 800-767-9863
or e-mail ABCinfo@WFD.com.
Business Collaboration is administered by WFD Consulting, 55 Chapel Street,
Newton, MA 02458, 800-447-0543.