Instead of blowing $50,000 on the staff Christmas party, companies offered employees the option of a smaller bash and donated the rest to a local charity.
Instead of sending employees on a team-building exercise to the woods, companies sent them on a team-building exercise to renovate a playground in a run-down area.
Instead of always using interns from the local college, companies mixed it up a little and gave a business education to kids from lower income schools.
Instead of the lavish client lunch expenses, companies offered smaller, intimate, catered meetings and bought food for a local food bank.
Instead of the expensed company cars, companies rewarded carpooling where possible and bought the local school new buses.