Supporting our communities
We are proud to be a responsible employer of choice for more than 32,000 people around the world, contributing to the economic livelihoods of our employees and supporting the communities in which we do business. Our corporate social responsibility efforts include volunteerism and financial support of community-based organizations, with most of our community investments made through the Avery Dennison Foundation. Through the Foundation, we advance the causes of education, sustainability and women's empowerment in communities where our employees live and work.
Grantmaking is the primary way that the Foundation contributes to communities, aided by our employees worldwide who help identify deserving nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). In 2020, the Foundation shifted community-specific resources and funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jointly with our company, the Foundation supported the COVID-19 relief efforts of more than 100 nonprofit organizations—most identified by employees—in over 30 countries. In December 2020, we made a contribution to the Foundation of $10 million, making it possible for the Foundation to significantly increase the scope and pace of its grantmaking. In 2021, we plan to review the Foundation’s grantmaking areas of focus to ensure continued alignment with our reframed strategies, while continuing to advance our diversity and inclusion commitment and support our communities.
Employee engagement through volunteerism
More than 150 employee teams coordinate volunteerism locally across our global locations. In 2020, Avery Dennison volunteers gave their time and resources to support their communities during the pandemic. Their efforts included adapting manufacturing lines to make plastic face shields donated to healthcare professionals, collecting food and other essential goods for colleagues in need and creating iron-on patches celebrating healthcare workers, with all sale proceeds benefiting Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.
The Foundation also engages employees through its Granting Wishes program, which allows employees to recommend one‑time grants to local NGOs. In 2020, we modified our program by recommending that Granting Wishes support 48 former grantees that remained in good standing, had the capacity to receive funds quickly and had a stated COVID-19 response. These grants served communities in nearly 30 countries.