Motivated by Our Legacy
ICF International was founded as the Inner City Fund in 1969, a venture capital firm whose mission was to finance inner-city businesses. The firm's consulting business (energy and environmental policy consulting) proved more successful than raising venture capital, and in 1972 we reorganized as ICF Incorporated, a consulting firm. The work of our founder, Colonel “Lucky” Lester, a Tuskegee airman, remains evident in our business today as we continue to address issues related to energy and the environment, as well as economic, health, and social challenges of inner cities and beyond. ICF’s legacy challenges us to continue responsible corporate citizenship today and into the future.
ICF's CR Mission Statement
While supporting our clients in addressing some of today's most challenging issues, ICF is committed to being a good corporate citizen. We demonstrate this by:
- Investing in our employees
- Serving our clients with integrity
- Creating long-term value for our shareholders
- Minimizing our impact on the environment
- Giving back to our communities and society
We've established an integrated governance process to underscore our commitment to this mission. That governance is embedded in each division and reports to our COO. We're committed to these goals because they make ICF a more desirable employer, consultant, and neighbor; increase shareholder value; and protect the planet for future generations.
Governance—What Makes CR Real at ICF
To be effective, CR must be more than a box on an org chart. CR must be imbedded in every operating group and corporate function. We have organized our CR Steering Committee to ensure our CR mission is integrated into all of our operations, with representation from every division and major corporate function. Where it is relevant and appropriate, we will continue to formalize the connections and reporting between operations and our CR function. We will also ensure that any Steering Committee initiatives complement or reinforce the ICF Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
Transparency and Responsiveness—What Makes ICF's CR Program Effective
In the spirit of transparency, ICF voluntarily reports on our corporate citizenship activities in our 2011–2012 Corporate Responsibility Report. This is our first-ever CR report.The report details our approach to corporate citizenship, our performance, and serves as a baseline for future performance.
Responsiveness is important to our CR program. We need the participation and feedback of our stakeholders—employees, clients, shareholders, and communities. We do not achieve our CR goals alone. Let us know how we can improve our performance. Contact our Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee with feedback.