PMI’s Community Engagement Reaches Around the World
Article Post Date: 2016
In 2016, part of PMI’s corporate philanthropy strategy was to find new opportunities to engage with organizations in their communities. From Bentonville to Shenzhen, PMI’s financial contributions, product donations and volunteer efforts are having a bigger impact than ever. Here is a snapshot of PMI community engagement in 2016.
Every year in Amsterdam, the Olympic Sports Week introduces kids from troubled neighborhoods to sports, teamwork, healthy lifestyles and environmental values – a perfect fit with PMI’s commitment to children, education and the environment. The PMI Amsterdam office supports the event with a Grassroots financial donation, a team of volunteers and donations of product. In 2016, PMI donated its unique PMI Sustain® reusable/recyclable cups and the popular PMI Hydration Points—a big draw at the event.
PMI products also helped to support community organizations in Bentonville, with donated samples going to a fundraising luncheon hosted by Women with a Mission to support and improve health care in northwest Arkansas, and to new foster families through Project Zero, which raises awareness of adoption through the state foster care system to find a “forever family” for every child who is waiting. Holiday fundraising in the fourth quarter was donated to Sharing & Caring, which supports children in need and lends a helping hand to families in Benton County struggling financially during the holiday season.
For decades, the Gobi Desert in northwest China and southern Mongolia has been spreading, encroaching on grassland and farmland and blowing sand as far west as Beijing. Since 1978, 66 billion trees have been planted in a 2,800-mile band known as the Great Green Wall, which is helping to halt the desert, anchor shifting sands and restore soil and air quality. In 2013, PMI Shanghai joined this effort, teaming up with international non-profit Green Life to plant trees in the desert in Inner Mongolia. The PMI team has planted nearly 10,000 trees so far, and in August the local government recognized this work with a monument dedicated to PMI International.
PMI products also helped to support community organizations in San Francisco.
Formation Gives at PMI San Francisco made a difference to hunger in the community in November, hosting a friendly food and fund drive competition. Donations were made to Second Harvest Food Bank, one of the largest food banks in the country with a network of nearly 330 non-profit partners at more than 700 sites. Second Harvest is pursuing innovative ways to increase access to food resources as it seeks to feed an additional 100,000 hungry people each month. The PMI San Francisco team also volunteers at the SF Marin food bank every month. A fun prize raffle held to celebrate National Coffee Day raised $174 and was matched—and then doubled—by C&H Sugar, providing 3,480 meals for No Kid Hungry.
PMI San Francisco is also working closely with two community organizations, Girl Ventures and the Mission Neighborhood Center, which operate out of the Women’s Building of San Francisco with 11 other non-profits. In October, the team collected toiletries and other goods to help families and children in need in the Mission District, and in December worked with the Women’s Building to create a Giving Tree. PMI San Francisco employees donated and purchased items on the tree for families in need.