WASHINGTON, D.C. June 27, 2012 — ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has joined A Billion + Change, a growing national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer services from corporate America. In less than a year, 200 companies have pledged an estimated $1.8 billion worth of skills-based services to nonprofits to create or expand a skills-based volunteer program in their workplace by 2013.
ITT Exelis will join the campaign at the White House Wednesday for a forum about “A Billion + Change in Action: Connecting to the Future of Corporate Service.” Leaders in industry, civic engagement and policy will convene at this forum to discuss opportunities for businesses to scale efforts and partnerships to meet the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century through skills-based service.
The forum will also explore ways to align corporate skills-based service programs with national initiatives to boost innovation, competitiveness and models of effective collaboration.
“Our 21,000 employees at ITT Exelis are committed to making a difference in the communities where we live and work, so skills-based volunteering programs are a great way to convert our energy to effort,” said Dave Melcher, ITT Exelis chief executive officer and president. “Our employees work together on a daily basis to help solve some of most difficult problems for our aerospace and defense customers around the world. We aspire to apply that same philosophy to volunteering and making a difference in the lives of those who need it most – our nation’s veterans.”
Exelis is pledging to harness the skills and talents of its highly skilled employees to create empowering opportunities for veterans and military families where the company’s employees live and work.
A portion of the day’s agenda will feature a series of listening sessions with White House officials and A Billion + Change pledge companies, where they will discuss their experiences and opportunities for using skills-based volunteering as an innovative strategy to address our nation’s biggest challenges. One of those sessions is titled, “Working to Get Vets Back to Work.” David Albritton, vice president and chief communications officer of ITT Exelis, will participate in the conversation, leveraging his experiences as a U.S. Navy veteran who made the transition into the civilian workforce.