The Sonoco Foundation
Sonoco believes that we have an inherent responsibility to help improve the quality of life in the communities in which we serve. The Sonoco Foundation, Sonoco’s philanthropic arm, donated approximately $2.9 million to nonprofit organizations around the world in 2016. The Company’s employees also contributed time, funds and talents to a multitude of worthy causes, including volunteering, serving on boards, raising funds and participating in other civic-oriented projects.
"Our employees know that at every performance review, they are not only evaluated on their numbers, but also on their values." - Sonoco President and CEO Jack Sanders
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Through its TEACH Foundation, the Sonoco Foundation is improving academic achievement and personal development of elementary students in Hartsville, S.C. More than 6,500 students from four area elementary schools participated in the Comer School Development Program. On average, students increased reading scores by 12 points and math scores by 14 points on Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing.
In After 180 Days: Hartsville/A Community Perspective, members of the Hartsville, S.C., community reflect on the local premiere of 180 Days: Hartsville. The PBS documentary, which aired nationally in March 2015, focused on a fifth grader struggling with behavioral issues throughout the 2013-14 school year, and the lives of educators, families and business leaders working hard to improve education for children below the poverty line in Hartsville, S.C. Sonoco invested $5 million through the TEACH Foundation to close the achievement gap in Hartsville’s public school system, and Hartsville now boasts a 92% graduation rate. The video above focuses on how Hartsville is using the program to develop the whole child, and includes an overview of a unique public-private partnership.
Sonoco Cares in the Community
Sonoco Cares, a team of volunteers created by Sonoco employees in 2014, continues to grow its work and expand to other Sonoco locations outside of the Hartsville, S.C., headquarters. More than 100 Sonoco Cares members have volunteered as mentors to young minds or with various non-profit organizations.
After Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of the Southeastern U.S. in October 2016, affecting several Sonoco locations and employees, the Company donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts. Sonoco later made a $25,000 donation to OneSC, a fund to deliver aid to South Carolinians recovering from flooding disasters.
Supplier Sustainability Awards
Sonoco’s supplier sustainability awards program, now in its fifth year, recognizes suppliers who demonstrate clear differentiation from their competitors with measurable, strategic, and transparent social, diversity, and environmental responsibility efforts. The 2017 award recipients are: Bristol Global Mobility, Pro Label Inc., Superior Group, Mondi Group and CARLSON WAGONLIT.