EMC employees actively participate in Community Involvement Committees. These committees support health, human services and arts programs, as well as disaster relief efforts in the communities where we operate. Formal Community Involvement Committees have been introduced at our locations in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Carolina. Employees around the world also participate in activities in their communities through locally organized initiatives.
EMC Gives Back
In 2011, we launched the EMC Gives Back program, led by our Global Marketing team, to improve local communities through partnerships and employee volunteer efforts.
The program’s first activity, EMC Fights Hunger, tookplace in 14 countries. More than 450 employees volunteered at their local food banks and community shelters, and donated over 40,000 pounds of food, impacting more than 20,000 individuals. EMC Fights Cancer, the program’s second 2011 activity, engaged more than 1,500 employees worldwide through a series of events that fostered awareness, encouraged teambuilding, and promoted fundraising for all types of cancer. The initiative raised $100,000 in support of cancer charities around the world.
What began as a Marketing-led community service effort transformed into a company-wide program surpassing all expectations. Moving forward, EMC Gives Back will foster awareness and raise funds for two select causes each year.
EMC’s corporate giving and volunteerism efforts are focused on supporting programs that provide access to education. We also recognize our responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Please see the sidebar 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. Our dedicated Community Involvement team provides guidance and resources to support these efforts, including promoting activities internally and recognizing employees through the Community Service Awards.
Community Service Awards
We foster a culture of giving back by recognizing employees who volunteer and contribute resources to 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 2011, 41 employees received Community Service Awards, and $60,000 was donated to the respective organizations. To date, EMC has contributed $120,000 to organizations on behalf of CSA winners. Please see the sidebar for a list of 2011 CSA recipients and organizations.
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, New Zealand Red Cross, Give 2 Asia, International Red Cross, and Red Crescent Societies.
In 2011, EMC contributed $250,000 to response efforts and matched $265,000 in employee donations. Contributions totaling $780,000 were distributed to support disaster relief activities in response to emergencies in Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Turkey, as well as the tornadoes in Central Massachusetts and Joplin, Missouri.