“Procter & Gamble is taking bold action to improve lives,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “Whether it’s providing grants for early childhood education, significant cash and product donations or the thousands of hours employees volunteer every year, P&G is strengthening communities and helping millions of children around the world.”
Procter & Gamble and its employees demonstrated their commitment to touch and improve lives by contributing time, cash and product to United Way organizations around the world last year, including raising almost $16 million for local communities through employee campaigns. In concert with the company’s Live, Learn and Thrive program that helps children get off to a healthy start, receive access to education, and build skills for life, P&G helped expand the reach of United Way organizations around the world. For instance, P&G provided support for the creation of United Way chapters in Panama and Honduras, and supported on-going efforts in Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. Through efforts like these P&G has benefited more than 210 million children globally since 2007 – on its way to reaching 300 million by 2012.
Plus, P&G provided support to United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Winning Beginnings and Success By 6 early childhood education programs and the Born Learning program in Latin America. In addition to employee financial donations, more than 5,000 P&Gers volunteered more than 37,000 hours to United Way agencies last year, including more than 145 team volunteer events, a 453% increase over the previous year.
“At P&G, our purpose of touching and improving lives, now and for generations to come compels us to make a difference in the communities in which we live and work,” said Bob McDonald, president and chief executive officer, Procter & Gamble. “We are proud of this recognition from United Way as it shows we are bringing our purpose to life in everything we do.”
The Spirit of America and Summit Awards program, now in its 24th year, is United Way’s highest national honor for a corporation, recognizing the United Way Global Corporate Leadership company with the most comprehensive commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities. Applicants are evaluated by corporate peers, labor representatives and local United Ways.