Georgia Business Leaders Invite All Firms to ‘Move Beyond Profit’

ATLANTA: Civic-minded business leaders throughout Georgia today established goBeyondProfit – a first-of-its-kind, firm leader-led initiative that shines a light on corporate generosity of most kinds and invites each statewide business leader to join.

With a shared view that giving back is good for business and good for Georgia, goBeyondProfit observes the extraordinary manners companies give back to communities.

Launched by Jackson Healthcare and headed by inaugural ambassadors, goBeyondProfit promotes business leaders and leaders throughout the state to sign up for goBeyondProfit pledge. With the assurance, Georgia companies of all stages and sizes are invited to find and invest in creative techniques to give back that align with their unique business models. More than 50 companies have already signed the pledge in support of the launch of the initiative.

“We believe that business is a tremendous force for good in our own communities,” explained Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. “We also believe that by celebrating all the ways businesses are becoming generous and raising consciousness about the value of giving back, others will want to join”

The ambassadors are:
•Juanita Powell Baranco, co-owner, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead
•CEO, Don Barden, 3Ci
•Frank Blake, former chairman and CEO, The Home Depot
•Paul Bowers, CEO, president and chairman, Georgia Power
•Millard Choate, Choate Construction, chairman and CEO
Georgia Chamber of Commerce, • Chris Clark, president and CEO
•Clark Dean, president, Rotary Club of Atlanta; Transwestern Commercial Services, senior managing partner and director
•Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso Jr., chairman of the board, Atlantic Capital Bank
•Sam L. Gude III, CEOManagement Group
•Glen Jackson, Jackson Spalding, co-founder
•Rick Jackson, CEO and chairman, Jackson Healthcare
• Mary Laschinger, CEO and chairman, Veritiv
•Bernie Marcus, co-founder, The Home Depot; chairman of The Marcus Foundation
•Eric Tanenblatt, chief and seat