CSR Spotlight: VF Corporation
As one of the largest apparel and footwear companies in the world, VF Corporation based in Greensboro, South Carolina is the name behind popular labels like denim brands Lee, Riders, Wrangler, and Rock & Republic. Other brands include JanSport and Eastpak (backpacks), North Face, Timberland and Eagle Creek (outdoor gear), Red Kap and Bulwark (work clothes), Nautica (sportswear), Lucy (women's athletic apparel), 7 For All Mankind (premium denim, casual wear), and Vans (footwear). VF's Majestic label offers licensed MLB, NFL, and NBA apparel.
The company DNA is all about making positive changes in the thousands of communities in which it operates. The VF Foundation supports many projects and charities in Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as national charities like the American Red Cross, National 4-H Council, BRAC USA, American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Save the Children Federation and much more. VF also promotes and supports employee engagement within the local manufacturing communities it serves. Since 1992, Timberland employees have banked over one million volunteer hours made possible by allowance of 40 volunteer hours per year per employee.
The company adheres to a strong culture of sustainability, environmental protection, and upholding workers’ rights for the more than 30,000 associates in 60 countries that is part of the company supply chain. The company is committed to 100% renewable energy at all VF-owned and operated facilities by 2025.
Kudos to Southwest Airlines.
Read the article and feel good that Southwest Airlines is one of the model businesses that goes the extra mile. http://goo.gl/tUSXBy
Also visit the corporate impact page of Southwest Airlines at https://www.southwest.com/html/southwest-difference/southwest-citizenship/index.html?clk=GFOOTER-ABOUT-DIFFERENCE-SOUTHWEST-CARES
CSR spotlight: Darden Restaurants
Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $75 million in grants to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF). Darden supports the NRAEF and its mission to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement, and promotion of career opportunities.
Our funding helps support ProStart, a national high school program that introduces students to career opportunities in the restaurant industry and provides them with an industry-driven curriculum on topics ranging from culinary techniques to management skills.
Darden also sponsors NRAEF Summer Institutes, which are a series of intensive workshops that provide ProStart educators with a forum to learn cutting-edge skills to take back to the classroom, as well as educator and student scholarships.
Aiding the Fight Against Hunger
As a restaurant company, it’s impossible to ignore the reality of the need for food. Nearly 50 million Americans – including 16 million children – are at risk of hunger. And, each year in America, about 35 million tons of food waste reaches landfills and incinerators. Darden believes we have a unique opportunity to help change these numbers for the better.
Launched in 2003, the Darden Harvest program offers an alternative to discarding food – and a mechanism for getting fresh and healthy food to people who need it. Each day, across every one of our 1,500 restaurants, we “harvest” surplus, wholesome food that isn’t served to guests and we safely prepare it for donation. Through a partnership with Food Donation Connection, which coordinates donations across the country, the food is then served at food banks, shelters, and other charitable organizations.
Since the program’s inception, more than 91 million pounds of food – totaling more than 75 million meals – has been donated through Darden Harvest, including eight million pounds of food in 2015. Darden Harvest also diverts millions of pounds of surplus food from waste streams every year, making it a key part of our strategy to one day send zero waste to landfills.
CSR spotlight: Aarons, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 2,000 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 17,000 retail locations in 46 states.
Through the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. the company's mission is to commit to strengthening the communities in which we operate, with a focus on improving the life prospects of at-risk youth. Aaron’s provides at-risk youth with the tools, resources and skills to achieve their goals and to become productive, contributing members of their communities. Given Aaron’s business model and established commitment to local communities, Aaron’s is focused on at-risk youth, given that they are disproportionately represented in many of the communities in which Aaron’s operates and are an underserved part of our population that greatly impacts the future of our country and our communities.
Aaron’s is proud to support several national organizations and local organizations in Atlanta through sponsorships and in-kind donations. We support the following partners and many more youth serving including: Boys and Girls Club, Homes for the Holidays (Warrick Dunn Charities), Camp Grace, Junior Achievement, and Children’s Restoration Network.
This summer, Aaron's "Own Your Summer" Camp Scholarship Program will provide 100 underserved youths from Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee with scholarships to attend overnight summer camp. Aaron's "Own Your Summer" Camp Scholarship Program was designed to provide underserved youth with an opportunity to learn the life lessons of developing confidence, team work and decision-making skills that happen during overnight summer camp experiences.
Earlier this year, Aaron’s Inc. surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton (Massachusetts). Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, more than 30 Aaron's associates and Club officials worked on Monday to paint, decorate and furnish a study room, chill zone, music room and multipurpose area in the Club. Local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Keystone teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for their center: STOP, African Violet, Tame Teal, Carnival Orange and Mystical Shade.
"Keystone Club members not only strive beyond what is expected of them, they also are local leaders who inspire their peers to contribute to their communities and become valuable members of society," said Derek W. Heim, Chief Executive Officer of theBoys & Girls Club of Brockton. "We're so grateful to Aaron's for supporting the Brockton teens and we look forward to seeing these teens grow as leaders as they focus on their academic careers and giving back to our community."
In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. The Keystone Club makeover at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $25,000. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.
Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:
• Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
• Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
• Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.
To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at Boys & Girls Clubs of Brockton, visit Aaron's on Facebook(www.facebook.com/aaronsinc) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc).
CSR spotlight: GoDaddy
GoDaddy is passionate about corporate philanthropy. At GoDaddy, the company understands that when our communities flourish so does business. For this reason, community outreach is ingrained in its corporate culture. The company actively invests resources in the areas most important to its business, customers and employees. Through corporate giving, community partnerships, employee volunteerism and advocacy, GoDaddy makes a difference in the communities where it is engaged. At GoDaddy helping others is a vital part of its philosophy - and the company showcases this every day through participation as leaders in its community. GoDaddy Cares contributes to various organizations whose mission relate to STEM, education and entrepreneurship. In addition to making monetary contributions, GoDaddy encourages its employees to become involved in community organizations.
CSR spotlight: Geoffrey Beene Gives Back
Geoffrey Beene has added a new chapter to its legendary company history by creating a philanthropic future with GBGB Geoffrey Beene Gives Back®. All net profits from Geoffrey Beene, LLC together with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation fund critical philanthropic causes that make a world of difference by supporting initial-stage, out-of-the-box revolutionary research for treatments and prevention across all cancers as well as awareness and research for Alzheimer's, heart disease, scholarships, programs for veterans, protection of women and children and protection of animals. This innovative philanthropic approach is a company pledge across the Geoffrey Beene brand and support worthy causes such as:
Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
Welfare of Women & Children
Educational Scholarships: CFDA and YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund
Protection of Animals
Elderly & Underprivileged Services
American Heart Association
An IMPACTism idea:
Since the launch of Impactism.org at the end of 2015, we have added and followed nearly 1,700 active corporate impact-makers that are committed to making a positive difference in their local communities and around the globe. These impact-makers are often referred to as practioners of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSRs) or corporate citizenship. The often-used definition CSR identifies a business strategy based on sound ethics and core values built on three fundamental pillars of economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress with mutual benefit to the business and the community.
Of the more than 4,100 participating companies that voluntarily adhere to the United Nations’ corporate citizenship initiative Global Compact, and the some 1,700 active corporate impact-makers we follow on Impactism.org, not all are Fortune 500 size corporations; not all are large companies; not all are for-profit businesses. Impactism.org includes many smaller businesses employing under 100 employees; partnerships like law firms and accounting firms; privately owned sports teams; nonprofit businesses like Credit Unions; and even Government-owned enterprises like commercial ports that are actively engaged within their communities and support many charitable causes and organizations. Our inclusive list also counts professional trade associations and labor unions that are engaged in supporting diversity, change and innovation for a better tomorrow.
I believe it is time to retire the industry definition Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for a more accurate definition of Socially Responsible Employers (SRE). What all of the “corporate impact-makers” have in common is that large or small; publicly traded or private company; for profit or nonprofit; professional association or union, they have a significant presence in one or more communities where they employ their workforce. In turn, these employees are engaged in and volunteer for causes in those same communities. Many SREs support causes and projects dear to their workforce creating a cycle of commitment to sustain and improve the condition and environment in which the companies and their employees both share.
To view the nearly 1,700 active socially responsible employers (SREs) please follow link to http://impactism.org/browse-csr
An IMPACTism quiz:
Of the more than 1500 U.S.-based corporate impact-makers (socially responsible businesses- CSRs) of all sizes on http://www.IMPACTism.org, rank the top 4 states by the number headquartered there. Is it California, Florida, New York or Texas.
Submit your thoughts here or on @IMPACTism_Now on Twitter.
CSR spotlight: Patriot National, Inc.
The Fort Lauderdale-based Patriot National, Inc. is a national provider of comprehensive technology and outsourcing solutions that help insurance companies and employers mitigate risk, comply with complex regulations and save time and money. The company provides general agency services, technology outsourcing, software solutions, specialty underwriting and policyholder services, claims administration services, self-funded health plans and employment pre-screening services to its insurance carrier clients, employers and other clients.
Patriot National strongly believes in giving back to the community. The company is a global citizen that takes pride in its community. As a breakthrough leader in risk management, it understands the importance of reaching out to improve the world we live in – for today, and tomorrow. In this way, Patriot National is a benchmark for other companies to follow. In 2014, Patriot National was ranked #4 most charitable organization in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal.
Some of the charities supported by Patriot National include the following:
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke parallels Patriot’s mission to live an improved lifestyle. For the past three years, Patriot has been a platinum sponsor of the Broward Heart Ball, an annual celebration benefiting the American Heart Association in Broward County. Steven Mariano, Patriot’s CEO, is an active supporter of the American Heart Association and served as the Chairman of the Broward Heart Ball in 2011 and 2012. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. To learn more, please visit http://www.heart.org/
Boys and Girls Club of Broward County
Since 1965, it has been the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. As a sponsor, Patriot helps enable the charity to fulfill its primary goal of providing world class club experiences to every child who walks through its doors. Clubs center their programs around three core programming areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Thus, the Boys and Girls Club helps members to graduate from high school with a plan for the future; to develop good character and citizenship by participating in leadership training and volunteering in community service projects; and to engage in sports and other activities that promote living a healthy lifestyle. To learn more, please visit http://www.bgcbc.org/
Florida Philanthropic Network
Florida Philanthropic Network is a statewide association of grantmakers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education and public policy. Patriot supports and shares Florida Philanthropic Network’s vision for Florida to be successful in modeling and facilitating cooperation and collaboration among all sectors - business, government and nonprofit, to promote the best interest of all Floridians. For more information, please visit http://www.fpnetwork.org/
Museum of Discovery and Science
Patriot is proud to support The Museum of Discovery and Science. The organization’s mission is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. The museum brings science to a small children level using interactive exhibits that educate the whole family. Additionally, the Museum of Discovery and Science funds a volunteer program that allows children and adults alike to give back to the community. To learn more, please visit http://www.mods.org/
Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc.
Patriot is a proud supporter of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc.’s mission to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources. The foundation’s vision seeks to ensure that future generations are given the opportunity to learn and experience the joy of music. For more information please visit http://natkingcolegenhope.org/
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
Patriot is proud to call Fort Lauderdale home to our corporate headquarters and to support Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale with its mission in building a vibrant downtown community. Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission is to be the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vivacious community connected by the New River. As a great community supporter, Patriot most recently donated ten new exercise stations to encourage a healthy lifestyle to the public, which can be read about in this publication. Our vision is to connect all of downtown Fort Lauderdale to promote exercise and socialization. For more information, please visit http://www.goriverwalk.com/
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. By raising proceeds from races, the foundation is able to help build Smart Homes for triple and quadruple amputees from post 9/11 conflicts. The Foundation honors our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. For the past three years, Patriot has been responsible for leading one of the most successful runs in the country. For more information, please visit http://tunnel2towers.org/
Patriot is proud to sponsor Tomorrow’s Rainbow and its endeavor to provide opportunities for children grieving over the loss of a loved one by relying on miniature horses and other small farm animals to facilitate a child's grief journey. By incorporating miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support, children are given the tools necessary to take their own personal grief journey in a way that is meaningful to them. Tomorrow's Rainbow is a safe place where children feel, often for the first time, understood. For more information, please visit http://www.tomorrowsrainbow.org/
Attracting over a million attendees, Winterfest, Inc. is a non-profit organization responsible for administering the 7th largest live spectator event in the country and the largest in Florida. Winterfest’s purpose is to provide unique, creative and wholesome holiday entertainment for the residents and visitors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, and contribute to the aesthetic, cultural, economic and tourist development of the area. The Winterfest Celebration has been embracing the dual goals of providing a means for the community to come together and enjoy spectacular and unique events as well as attract positive national attention to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as a tourist destination and as a great place to live and work for the past 42 years. As a corporation located in Fort Lauderdale, Patriot is proud to sponsor Winterfest and to participate in its celebration. To learn more, please visit http://www.winterfestparade.com/
Women In Distress
Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. Patriot supports the organization’s mission on a multi-year commitment to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. They offer 24-hour crisis intervention through a 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims and their children. Women in Distress also provides education and professional trainings on domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and in the community. For more information, please visit http://www.womenindistress.org/
IMPACTism Emergency: Help victims of Alberta, CA wildfires
Devastating wild fire in Alberta, Canada threatens homes of 100,000 residents of Fort McMurray.
Here’s how you can help:
Donate to Canadian Red Cross
You can also donate $5 by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333. The Alberta and federal governments have said they’ll match private donations to the Red Cross.
Our prayers are with the first responders and families caught in the wake of the fire.
Featured CSR Executive Impact-Maker:
Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO, Chobani LLC
As a cause-motivated social entrepreneur hoping to leave our global community a better place, I admire the values and passion of Hamdi Ulukaya, a true American success story.
Hamdi Ulukaya was born in Erzincan, Turkey in 1972 to a semi-nomadic dairy farming Kurdish family. He pursued an opportunity to get a higher education at Ankara University, and later in New York at Adelphi University and SUNY Albany. His entrepreneurial opportunity came when he purchased a Kraft yogurt factory, and helped found Chobani in 2005.
That is just the beginning of Ulukaya’s impact-maker story. He started Chobani, a yogurt manufacturer of greek-style yogurts, offering career opportunities for immigrants like himself, and creating the Chobani Foundation giving 10% of company profits to charity. Ulukaya has supported community projects in New York and Idaho, and has supported and helped establish other entrepreneurs.
As an eyewitness to the massive global refugee problem emanating from the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts where the lives of his fellow Kurds along with Christian and Moslem neighbors have been devastated, Ulukaya pledged to donate $2 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. His intention was to provide immediate relief for those being persecuted in Iraq and Syria and to explore philanthropic avenues for helping refugees around the world. Last May,Ulukaya announced that he will donate a majority of his wealth to help refugees around the world under the auspices of The Giving Pledge, started by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. The Giving Pledge encourages billionaires to donate at least half of their wealth, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.
Ulukaya’s shared generosity as an impact-maker does not forget those who are closest to him and have helped his thriving enterprise. He has pledged to share 10% of the company’s equity estimated to be worth several billion dollars with employees when the company goes public or is sold.
I feel a close connection to Hamdi Ulukaya. Like Hamdi, I was born in Istanbul, Turkey. My family settled in New York hoping to give their only child a better opportunity in life. After many years working for organizations committed to making a difference for people and society, I founded IMPACTism as a way to recognize Impact-Makers like Hamdi Ulukaya as a role model for a generation that is committed to making a positive societal change.
Kudos to Hamdi Ulukaya. May he be blessed for long life and success in his journey to help create a better world for all of us.
Learn more about Chobani's social responsibility commitment:
Learn more about Hamdi Ulukaya's American dream:
CSR spotlight: Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Who says a law firm can't be a socially responsible company?
The Orlando-based multi-practice business law firm represents real estate, corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients locally, nationally and globally. Its individual attorneys and staff enthusiastically commit financial support and volunteer hours to charitable, civic, educational, industry, professional and trade organizations. Many hold leadership positions on the boards and committees of these organizations. Here is a representative list:
• 100 Black Men of Orlando, Inc.
• A Gift for Teaching
• Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
• Adult Literacy League
• Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
• American Arbitration Association
• American Bankruptcy Institute
• American Bar Association
• American Board of Trial Advocates
• American Cancer Society
• American Diabetes Association
• American Health Lawyers Association
• American Immigration Lawyers Association
• American Inns of Court
• American Institute of CPAs
• American Intellectual Property Law Association
• American Land Title Association
• American Red Cross, Central Florida Chapter
• Associated Builders and Contractors
• Association for Corporate Growth Orlando
• Association of Eminent Domain Professionals
• Association of Trial Lawyers of America
• BETA Center
• Blankner Foundation
• Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
• Buoniconti Fund for the Cure of Paralysis
• Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
• Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association
• Central Florida Estate Planning Council
• Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association
• Central Florida Partnership
• Children's Home Society of Florida
• Christian Service Center for Central Florida, Inc.
• Chron’s & Colitis Foundation of America
• CNL Foundation
• Coalition for the Homeless
• Coastal Conservation Association - Florida
• Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
• Commercial Real Estate Women
• Central Florida Community Arts
• Downtown Arts District
• Downtown Development Board
• Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
• Easter Seals
• Economic Development Commission Florida’s Space Coast
• Enzian Theater
• Enterprise Florida
• Federal Bar Association
• The Florida Bar
• Florida Board of Trial Advocates
• Florida Chamber of Commerce
• Florida Citrus Sports
• Florida Executive Women
• Florida Hospital Foundation
• Florida Land Title Association
• Florida Planning and Zoning Association
• Florida Restaurant Association, Central Florida Chapter
• Foundation for Foster Children
• Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
• Foundation for Osceola Education
• Foundation for Seminole State College
• Geneva School
• Greater Orlando Builders Association
• Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando
• Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc.
• Health Central Foundation
• Heart of Florida United Way
• Hispanic Bar Association
• Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida
• Hope & Help Center of Central Florida
• International Council of Shopping Centers
• International Trademark Association
• Jewish Community Center
• Jewish Family Services
• Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
• Jewish National Fund
• Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc.
• Kinneret Council on Aging, Inc.
• Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
• Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
• Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Northern & Central Florida Chapter
• LIFT Orlando
• Lighthouse Central Florida
• Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida
• March of Dimes, Florida
• Medical Group Management Association
• Mills 50 Mainstreet District
• Morningstar Charities, Inc.
• Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce
• National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
• National Association of Bond Lawyers
• National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
• National Center for Simulation
• National Speech & Debate Association
• Notre Dame Club of Central Florida
• Orange County Bar Association, Executive Council
• Orlando Economic Development Commission
• Orlando Magic Youth Foundation
• Orlando Museum of Art
• Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
• Orlando Repertory Theatre
• Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF
• Orange County Regional History Center
• Pediatric Cancer Foundation
• Rollins College Hamilton Holt School
• Second Harvest Food Bank
• Seniors First
• Society of Human Resource Managers
• Space Coast Tech Council
• Space Florida
• Teen Court Advisory Board
• Tiger Bay Club of Orlando
• United Arts of Central Florida
• University Club
• University Club Foundation
• University of Central Florida Foundation
• University of Florida Levin College of Law, Board of Trustees
• Urban Land Institute - Orlando
• Visit Orlando
• West Orange Chamber of Commerce
• Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
• WMFE / NPR
Celebrate Earth Day: Friday, April 22, 2016
In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, it continues to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.
And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.
This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.
- See more at: http://www.earthday.org/?gclid=CLuNk-jqn8wCFZVahgodl0APiA#sthash.BWaO9FjB.dpuf
Natural disasters in Japan and the United States. IMPACTism encourages you to take action and make a difference.
CSR Spotlight: KANSAS CITY ROYALS
2015 World Series Champions
The Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities are committed to being active members of the Kansas City community and region. Created in 2001, Royals Charities strives to support children, education, youth baseball/softball and military in and around the Kansas City area. The foundation accomplishes this mission through financial donations, as well as in-kind support, including memorabilia, tickets and publicity.
Under the leadership of the Glass family, Royals Charities has donated more than $10.5 million since its inception.
Four Pillars of Royals Charities
Royals Charities helped provide support in 2015 to children-focused charities in the Greater Kansas City area, including Special Olympics KC Metro, Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City, The University of Kansas Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, KVC Health Systems, HappyBottoms, Operation Breakthrough, El Centro and Dream Factory.
The Royals Scholars Program is providing scholarships to five students a year through the 20/20 Leadership organization with the opportunity for a $2,500 scholarship per year to any college in Kansas or Missouri. In addition, Royals Charities supports a scholarship at the University of Missouri - Kansas City for School of Education students focused on teaching in urban districts, and made grants to Crossroads Academy, DeLaSalle Education Center and Cristo Rey High School in the Kansas City area.
The Royalty Fields Program provides field renovation grants to nonprofits and governmental entities in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Arkansas. In 2015, Royals Charities supported a major field renovation in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, for Kansas RBI along with field renovations in Beatrice, Nebraska, Brookfield, Missouri, Overland Park, Kansas, and many more. For more information, please visitroyals.com/royaltyfields.
Royals Charities proudly supported active duty service members and veterans in 2015 through partnerships with Warriors' Ascent, USO Missouri and USO Fort Riley, Warriors' Best Friend Foundation, Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leavenworth.
Phillip Haid has a valid point but he also overlooks the industry-wide trend since the late 1990's where companies have become more responsive to socially motivated consumers and investors. Number of companies that have come to understand that being socially responsible corporate citizens (CSR) can also be good business has multiplied, where pressure is now put on those companies that fail to address it. Albeit there are levels of CSR participation, but many more companies do it without special attention or flair for what they do to help build better communities and a better world. We should focus and acknowledge companies small and large that do CSR for no reason other than it is the right thing to do.
CSR Spotlight: American Water Works Company, Inc.
Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs nearly 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other services to an estimated 15.6 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada.
American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created by American Water, has provided grants to underwrite local nature-based play spaces across American Water’s nationwide service areas. The grants are being administered as part of the Foundation’s partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), for the Building Better Communities signature grant program. NRPA directly administers the program, with funding made possible by the American Water Charitable Foundation.