Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ABC?
The American Business Collaboration (ABC) is a groundbreaking collaboration
of leading U.S. companies (Champions) partnering to ensure that
their employees have access to quality dependent care programs and
services. Since 1992, ABC Champions have invested over $125 million
in quality dependent care programs, making it the largest private
sector investment of its kind to support employees' ability to manage
work and personal responsibilities.
What are ABC Champion companies?
Champion companies are the lead companies within the collaboration.
In addition to working with other Champion companies, they encourage
local companies to participate in community collaborations, obtain
written commitments to support specific projects and ensure that
proposed projects meet the needs of the participating companies.
What are the benefits of ABC Champion Membership?
A recent study of the ABC's impact on job performance conducted
by Abt Associates found that 63 percent of the employees surveyed
reported an improvement in productivity because of ABC programs.
The study looked at productivity measures among employees and found
that 40 percent felt less stressed by family responsibilities and
spent less time at work worrying about their family. Thirty-five
percent were better able to concentrate on work. Thirty percent
had to leave work less often to deal with family situations.
ABC Champions, the numbers paint a clear picture. They know their
$125 million investment in child, school age and elder care programs
is paying off in increased job satisfaction, in the Champions' ability
to compete for and retain talent, and in reduced absenteeism and
Champions are also recognized as leaders in the community - by their
peers, the media, state governments, The White House and the dependent
care community for their commitment to working families and their
innovative, solutions-based dependent care programs.
What does my company gain by joining the ABC?
By becoming an ABC Champion, you will join a group of leading US
corporations working together to address the needs of their employees.
By improving the qulity and supply of dependent care, Champion companies
enhance their employees' ability to manage their work and personal
responsibilities. Through the ABC, Champions impact their corporate
bottom line and experience measurable business results.
What has ABC achieved in its ten-year history?
Since its inception, ABC Champions have positively affected the
supply and quality of dependent care in 66 communities nationwide
by funding more than 1,500 childcare and eldercare projects. Programs
such as the Discovery Science Preschool, Summer of Service and Elder
Transportation have provided much needed childcare, eldercare and
summer care for families, exemplifying the ABC's impact on local
communities and its benefits to employees.
What are the future goals of the ABC?
Building on their achievements over the past ten years, the ABC
will launch new three initiatives: a national action-based research
study to understand the challenges and issues facing employees who
work in a remote work environment; a 2002 school-age pilot project
to replicate a successful after-school apprenticeship program model;
and broad replication of the ABC's most successful solutions-based
dependent care programs to improve quality dependent care nationwide.
These initiatives will help ABC achieve its goals to provide corporate
leadership on work/life issues and to directly impact communities
where employees live and work.
Who is responsible for overseeing the ABC's activities?
The ABC has contracted WFD Consulting to implement ABC programs
on behalf of the collaboration. For over 25 years, WFD Consulting
has pioneered innovative workplace solutions for leading organizations
around the world. WFD has helped clients maximize business results
through assessing needs and implementing solutions regarding dependent
care, workplace flexibility, women's advancement and retention,
people-focused work redesign and employee commitment. Companies
in the collaboration utilize the services of WFD to design, develop,
implement and monitor all projects. WFD tracks participation levels
and provides technical assistance to providers to assure program
quality and stability.
Can companies other than Champion companies participate in the
Yes. The ABC encourages other companies to join in establishing
collaborative dependent care efforts in communities throughout the
country where ABC rograms are at work. A WFD consultant will be
happy to talk to you about how your company can participate in the
What is required for a company to become an ABC Champion?
Participation within the ABC requires a willingness to: agree to
a general set of partnership principles; to pay a membership fee;
to participate in the development and evaluation of national and
local projects; and to make a financial commitment to address the
needs of their employees.
If I join the ABC, does my company determine which programs
Yes, ABC companies determine which projects to support based on
the specific needs of their employees and the communities in which
employees live. Communities targeted for ABC investment are based
on key employee population as well as those communities identified
as having critical business or employee needs.