This February, eleven undergraduate and eight graduate students embarked on the CESR Career Trek to Seattle, Washington. Focusing on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, the students interacted with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals at companies including Microsoft, Boeing, and Starbucks.
“The CESR Trek opened my eyes to what it’s like working in the field of corporate social responsibility,” reflected Molly MacEachen, a sophomore trek participant, “I now have more insight to what my future may hold in this niche industry.”
The first visit was with Microsoft, where students met the CSR, accessibility, and philanthropy teams. After sharing many projects and innovations that Microsoft is working on, they brought students to the Cybercrime Center. A cybercrime professional walked them through the role that internet plays in generating crime, and how Microsoft combats these attacks.
After lunch at the Microsoft Café, students saw a confidential preview of future technology that Microsoft is developing. The students were amazed and inspired by the possibilities these cutting-edge technologies offer for our collective future.
At the Boeing headquarters, students learned about the environmental impacts of building and flying airplanes. The CSR department delivered an engaging presentation before sending students to the Boeing Warehouse to view the new EcoDemonstrator, a FedEx plane built for more efficient delivery.
In addition to tasting Starbucks’ sustainably and ethically-sourced coffee, students got a taste of what the corporation is doing in the field of social impact. In addition to their ethical sourcing, students learned about community programs such as refugee hiring, veteran and military support, and the college achievement plan that they have developed with Arizona State University.
During this trek, students also visited The Nature Conservancy, Central Co Op, and T-Mobile. “I really appreciated how willing each company was to host us,” MacEachen said. “Everyone we met was so friendly and excited to share what they do with us.”