Local Consulting Firm Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Program
NEW ORLEANS — As a local consulting firm, trepwise aims to help organizations identify both challenges and opportunities for success, by employing what they describe as entrepreneurial-thinking. That is their mission. But the company’s vision is to support the creation of thriving communities where good ideas spread.
trepwise believes that good ideas can come from anywhere, but social and economic barriers prevent those ideas from spreading equally. So in an effort to reach individuals and organizations who may not have access to consulting services, the firm launched trepwork for good – a corporate social responsibility platform.
“Over the course of the last of five years, we’ve been super engaged in the New Orleans community in a lot of different ways — giving away pro bono hours, sponsoring events, working with different groups at discounted rates. But we didn’t really have a strategy for it,” said Lulu Carter, a senior associate of trepwise, and the program manager of trepwork for good.“We just knew that community was something that we valued, and so we wanted to bring this (program) to life in some way.”
Through trepwork for good, trepwise will use its financial, social, and intellectual resources to promote greater economic and social inclusion across the city. The work will manifest through in-kind services, financial sponsorships, firm-wide volunteer days, and employee matching gifts.
trepwork for good also features a pro bono component that expands access to business support services for entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders with limited resources.
Early pro bono program participants include SisterHearts and the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans, who received direct consulting support for their organizations. trepwise has also partnered with social impact accelerator programs, including Propeller and Fund 17, to provide capacity-building support at scale to entrepreneurs across the city.
“We have a pretty ambitious vision of a platform that is giving away in-kind donations, cash donations, and services at a pretty robust rate for a firm of our size,” said Carter, noting that 12 people work for the six-year-old firm. “We want to focus on creating relationships with entrepreneurs and organizations across the city, and continuing to grow that impact by working with as many of these groups as we can. By working with them, we are able to have an impact on a greater number of entrepreneurs who might not be able to access our services. But we are also working with some great accelerator programs and supporting them in their work.”
trepwise will soon begin collaborating with Emerging Philanthropists of Greater New Orleans and the Friends of Lafitte Greenway as two pro-bono clients. Organizations interested in working with the firm should contact Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur is the associate news editor of BizNewOrleans.com