We are dedicated to improving the sustainability and quality of life of our communities. Giving back has been an embedded activity within our Company since our start in the early 1980s. Outreach and philanthropic initiatives typically fall into three types of programs: grant making, workplace volunteerism, and product donations. As our business has grown, we have been refining our approach to have a greater impact on important social and environmental issues, while engaging employees more deeply in the communities and the issues. Our intent is to provide new opportunities for skills development as well.
As we further develop our strategy, we are working to find ways to better measure our impacts on both the communities and our employees. We want to be sure that the resources we expend on projects have strong business benefits as well as strong social and environmental impacts. We look forward to reporting on our efforts in the future.
We dedicate a portion of our pre-tax earnings each year to support social and environmental initiatives related to either our areas of operation in North America or our supply chain communities.
GMCR’s commitment to allowing the space and time for people to volunteer has real impact for the communities they are volunteering in. What I’m looking for in partnerships with the private sector is companies that are committed to their employees and that provide career path opportunities and training opportunities.” Shawn Escoffery, Program Director, Strong Local Economies, Surdna Foundation