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Okta Apps for Good: How to Embrace Social Responsibility

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More and more corporations are prioritizing social issues as part of their mission. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a growing trend where businesses engage with their communities, provide volunteer and donation opportunities to employees, and stand behind important social causes. Okta, the popular single-sign-on (SSO) solution, is one of many companies that's not only embracing CSR but is providing a platform for other businesses to get involved as well.

"At Okta, we've always been committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and we consider it our role to enable the millions of people who use our products to do the same," said Frederic Kerrest, chief operating officer and co-founder of Okta, in a press release. [Want to know more about corporate social responsibility? Check out our explainer.]

If you use Okta, it's worth looking into Okta Apps for Good. These applications can be "seamlessly" integrated into your current dashboard so your employees and business can engage in important social advocacy and help. The benefit of CSR can go beyond just helping people in need. A study from YourCause and Blackbaud found that companies engaged in CSR programs saw a 50% reduction in employee turnover. CSR programs can have a 13% increase on productivity, and 75% of millennials said they would take a pay cut to work for a socially conscious company. If you're interested in standing behind a good cause and bettering your business, Okta Apps for Good can be a good way to get started.

Okta is already the technology epicenter for many businesses: Payroll providers, email clients, content suites and learning platforms are all routed through this SSO provider. By embracing CSR and providing more solutions for small businesses, Okta is taking necessary steps toward being a leader in the space.

It includes several CSR solutions, including Benevity, Bright Funds, CareerVillage.org, Kiva, VolunteerMatch and YourCause. If companies want to add their services to the Okta platform, Okta for Good has anĀ integration accelerator program where those services can be added. There are several benefits to partnering with Okta, according to the company, like the ability to highlight your new integration in various places through the Okta network.

For a more hands-on look at Okta for Good, here are three integrations that could have a direct impact on CSR for your small business.

VolunteerMatch is a service that can match your employees with volunteer opportunities. It works with more than 100,000 nonprofits and offers customized homepage designs, easy-to-use reporting and top-notch client support. There are also several helpful case studies on its website, so you can get an idea of how this service can help your business.

Benevity is a CSR service that helps companies get started in finding and executing a corporate mission. It can help build giving programs, volunteering campaigns and integrated grants solutions. These grants solutions can help businesses connect directly with their communities. To learn more about how Benevity can help your business, you can visit its website.

Kiva is a crowdfunding platform where aspiring entrepreneurs can connect with organizations and businesses to fund their ventures. Kiva isn't a standard online lender, however. It connects socially minded entrepreneurs from 81 countries to capital from a variety of different organizations. Kiva is a good way to invest in a business that can address a cause or social issue. For more information, visit the company's website.

Matt D'Angelo

I'm a staff writer for Business.com and Business News Daily. I cover various small business topics, including technology, financing and marketing.