Ladies’ Home Journal recently announced the recipients of its Do Good Stamp, an honor awarded quarterly to corporations that are committed to doing good. Five companies were acknowledged for their dedication to giving back to the community, employee volunteerism, and innovative and results-oriented corporate and philanthropic initiatives. This quarter’s recipients include PUR, Jones New York, AT&T, New Balance and Cargill, and their causes range from supplying clean drinking water to fighting breast cancer.
PUR developed purification packets that quickly turn dirty water into clean drinking water, and their distribution around the world has supplied 1.8 billion gallons of clean water to global communities since 2004, saving thousands of lives. Jones New York has contributed nearly $5 million to organizations such as Adopt-A-Classroom since 2005, and company employees are encouraged to volunteer their time tutoring students and assisting with school renovations. New Balance, a 20-year partner of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, recently gave $1 million in proceeds from their 2009 Lace Up for the Cure collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories to the cancer-fighting organization. International food producer and marketer Cargill has donated $1 million to renovate 21 schools near its Chinese plants, and teamed up with the global humanitarian nonprofit CARE in support of learning centers for teen girls in impoverished Gujarat, India.
AT&T — known for its overarching commitment to the environment as demonstrated by its recent collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation and extensive recycling programs (the company collected more than 4.2 million cell phones for reuse and recycling in 2009, as well as nearly 1.8 million pounds of batteries and accessories) was recognized for its overall commitment to 'do good’ in multiple areas.
In addition to the company’s environmental and sustainability work, AT&T was chosen for its extensive employee volunteer efforts. The community-oriented communications leader recently launched AT&T Cares, a comprehensive, companywide volunteer initiative designed to encourage employees to get and stay engaged in community service and to create positive change.
Finally, AT&T was especially lauded for their educational initiatives, Aspire and AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow, through which the company offers grants to school districts and job shadowing opportunities to high school students. Spurred by the disheartening statistic that a third of America's high school students drop out before graduating, the Job Shadow initiative gives students the chance to see firsthand the job skills they will need to be successful in the future.
"As a major employer, AT&T is committed to doing its part to ensure an educated and prepared future workforce and is devoting its philanthropic dollars to help make this a reality," said Charlene Lake, AT&T chief sustainability officer."Business success is tied closely to the health of its communities, and we're committed to making meaningful, positive changes in our community.”
Since 2008, more than 30,000 students have shadowed AT&T employees to see how the lessons learned in the classroom can translate to success in the business world. It’s the largest corporate job-shadowing initiative ever undertaken by Junior Achievement, AT&T’s partner in the initiative.