New York-based WeiserMazars (FY14 net revenue of $158 million) has been named the first recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) in appreciation of the firm’s exceptional philanthropic initiatives and commitment to human rights.
The award was presented to James Blake, WeiserMazars MP, at the center’s testimonial dinner.
Victor Wahba, WeiserMazars CEO says, “WeiserMazars takes great pride in being a positive force in our communities. Our dedication to serving others, both as an organization and as individuals, is demonstrated by the contributions we make through our Philanthropic Fund including donating our time.”
Partner Howard Dorman, who Leads the WeiserMazars human rights initiative and serves on the Chhange board of directors as its current President, says, “We believe that collective responsibility is central to our mission. Working in innovative ways with a range of participants, from local communities to large corporations, we develop and implement solutions that better serve society. This includes our collaboration with Shift, a global not-for-profit, which resulted in the publication of the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Framework. The Framework is the first comprehensive guidance for companies to report on how they meet their responsibility to respect Human Rights in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”
“As one of the first accounting firms to develop global standards for human rights reporting and assurance, we are helping to improve respect for human rights throughout the world.”
The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1979 to address human rights and civil rights worldwide. Chhange’s mission is to educate the community about the Holocaust and genocide, and provide programs that inspire and empower individuals to take action to eliminate racism, antisemitism and all forms of prejudice.
WeiserMazars has been a long-time supporter of Chhange.
Wahba concludes, “We are pleased to help the Center be a resource for supporting the elimination of racism, antisemitism and all forms of prejudice that damage societies. We believe that Chhange addresses these crucial issues, making a real difference for human and civil rights.”