It’s no secret that more and more for-profit companies are finding ways to make a positive impact on the world and give back to their local communities at the same time. Here’s a look at four companies spearheading life-changing initiatives designed to make the world a better place.
In keeping with its mission to protect and preserve the Earth’s natural resources, MGM Resorts International partnered with NRG Energy to install a massive solar panel system on the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Comprising 20 acres of space, these solar panels generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 homes throughout the year.
But this is just the latest development in MGM’s ongoing work to leverage the blazing Las Vegas sun as well as other natural energy sources: In only the past five years, MGM Resorts International’s conservation efforts have saved enough energy to power 22,000 U.S. homes for an entire year.
Other than the fact it makes certain your gifts make it to your home on time, UPS does a lot of good in the world. How? For starters, it leverages its vast logistics and supply chain network to deliver lifesaving aid to communities across the globe through its humanitarian relief and resilience program.
UPS’ commitment to this cause was on display when during the height of the Ebola outbreak, it worked with NGOs and private businesses to help bring badly needed supplies to places ravaged by the virus. In total, the company airlifted 48 metric tons of disinfectant and 70 trucks and transported some 5.4 million medical supplies to West Africa and the surrounding region.
In keeping with its goal of combating global hunger, Hormel Foods specially developed and distributes SPAMMY in Guatemala to needy organizations. Since creating the product—it’s a vitamin- and mineral-fortified, shelf-stable turkey spread—Hormel has distributed some 8.5 million cans to malnourished Guatemalans. It has also donated more than $3 million to project SPAMMY, which reaches more than 30,000 children in the country.
Discovery Education helps more than 3 million educators and some 30 million students to more effectively understand concepts while in the classroom.
How does it pull that off? Discovery Education is a leader in the creation of standards-based digital content and professional development services. The company actively partners with school systems, giant corporations and not-for-profit organizations to bring its award-winning technology into a diverse array of learning environments. It’s also helping to address a major problem in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world by strategically working to support public education initiatives in areas such as sustainability, health and STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
— With files from Free Enterprise