EMC and our employees play an active role in the communities in which we operate around the world. By supporting health, human services, arts programs, and disaster relief efforts, we are strengthening society and helping shape the future of our local communities.
EMC’s corporate giving and volunteer efforts are focused on supporting programs that provide access to education. We also recognize our responsibility to invest in the communities in which we live and work. Please see below for a list of the partner organizations we proudly support through in-kind and financial contributions.
We also encourage employees to organize grassroots volunteer activities. From transforming a classroom into an IT lab in Ghana to teaching young students about the importance of education in Mexico and Brazil, EMC employees participated in many service projects throughout 2012. Our dedicated Community Involvement team provides guidance and resources to support these efforts, including promoting activities internally, matching volunteers and initiatives based on skills, and recognizing employees through the Community Service Awards.
SOME OF EMC’S MAJOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD
Aiutare i Bambini Onlus
EMC India COE Hosts “Joy of Giving Week”
In 2012, EMC’s COE in India launched “Joy of Giving Week,” an employee-driven initiative to promote the company’s commitment to our communities, diversity and inclusion, and the environment. Activities throughout the week included a school supply drive and donation of funds to provide 1,500 school kits for local low-income children. We also invited community organizations that support underserved populations to exhibit products by women and disabled people. The exhibition helped elevate awareness about diversity and inclusion in our community-supported partner organizations. During a two-day volunteer event held at our COE, employees took part in beautification projects, including the planting of more than 200 tree saplings.
EMC Austria Mentors Cancer Patients, Creates Job Opportunities
EMC Austria established a mentor program in 2009 to support young cancer survivors as they transition into the working world. Mentees are selected through a partnership with St. Anna Children’s Hospital, then paired with an EMC employee who provides support and friendship during their transition. Patients also use EMC gaming and educational software to stay on track in their studies while they undergo treatment.
In 2011, we learned about a former patient, Petar Tansaic, who was looking for an opportunity in the IT sector to fulfill requirements for his university degree. Petar was diagnosed with cancer at age 10 and, during treatment, encountered his first computer. Petar had found his calling in computer science, to which he devoted himself during recovery and beyond. After hearing Petar’s story, EMC invited Petar to participate in our intern program in Austria. In 2012, upon receiving his degree, Petar joined EMC as an associate customer engineer.
Through this program, we have helped other cancer survivors like Petar find career opportunities at EMC and our industry peers.
Promoting Literacy and Inclusive Education in Brazil
EMC has supported the work of Alfasol, an organization in Brazil committed to improving literacy around the world. Since 2008, our financial contributions and employee volunteer time have helped provide programming for more than 1,000 adults in underserved areas of Rio de Janeiro. Watch a video of our efforts here.
EMC Marketing Raises Funds to Support Clean Water Projects
Through the 2012 EMC Marketing Gives Back campaign, EMC employees raised funds to support charity: water, a nonprofit organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. The money raised helped fund the construction of five wells that supply water for more than 1,000 people in Ethiopia. During the campaign, the team raised awareness about the global need for safe drinking water through activities such as a “water walk,” which simulated the experience of walking three miles with a 40-pound can of water. To learn more about the impact of EMC’s donation, click here.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
We foster a culture of giving back by recognizing employees who volunteer in their communities. Established in 2009, EMC’s annual Community Service Awards (CSA) recognize employees for their contribution to communities outside of causes we support at the corporate level. CSA winners are recognized internally, and a one-time financial grant is contributed to the organization in their honor.
In 2012, 26 employees received Community Service Awards, and cash grants were donated to the respective organizations. To date, EMC has contributed more than 100 grants totaling $180,000 to organizations on behalf of CSA winners. Please see the following list of 2012 CSA recipients and organizations.
Top 2012 Community Service Award Winners
Daily Cardinal Alumni Association—Anthony Sansone
Aleppo Shriner’s Transportation Fund/Shriners Hospital for Children—Peter Simmons
Lions Club Hellerup/JØrgen LØkke—Ole Wulff
The Upton Men’s Club—Dennis Kloepping & Alan Nasuti
The Gleaning Field Foundation—Carla van Blake
Music for All Seasons, Inc.—Norman Dee
Community Service Award Winner, Anthony Sansone
In 1998, University of Wisconsin alumnus and EMC employee Anthony Sansone launched the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association to provide opportunities for alumni of the school’s newspaper, The Badger-Herald, to mentor current journalism students. The organization provides one-on-one mentoring opportunities for current students, as well as an alumni network for them to leverage as they pursue careers after graduation. Through a fundraising campaign, the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association uses donations to invite notable speakers to campus and to create scholarships for journalism students to attend writing conferences and other learning and development opportunities.
In the wake of natural disasters and emergencies, EMC assists communities with support for relief and recovery efforts. We respond by donating corporate funds, as well as matching employee donations to benefit service organizations, including the American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Give 2 Asia, International Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross, and Red Crescent Societies.
In 2012, EMC contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross, $10,000 to Italy, and matched $124,866 in employee donations. Contributions totaling $234,866 supported disaster relief activities in response to earthquakes in Italy and Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. In Italy, local employees and EMC corporate donated to an education fund created by our partner organization, Aiutare I Bambini, to help rebuild schools in San Possidonio with infrastructure components that can withstand the impacts of future earthquakes.