2018 Best Community Improvement Program Finalists

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Belden Inc.

Opioid abuse has had devastating effects on families and communities across the U.S. Nearly 1 million people are not working because of opioid addiction. Belden Inc., a global high-tech company with manufacturing plants across the country, has experienced firsthand the impact of substance abuse on its workforce.

After a growing percentage of applicants at the company’s Richmond, Indiana, plant failed pre-employment drug screenings, Belden’s leadership brought together community partners to discuss the issues and develop a solution. The result was the Pathways to Employment program.

Pathways to Employment provides individuals the opportunity to undergo a personalized rehabilitation program at no cost. Those who successfully complete treatment and maintain lives free of substance are offered a job at Belden.

Belden is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic and is developing a blueprint for other companies facing similar workforce challenges.

Keurig Dr Pepper

Children today spend less time playing outdoors than in previous generations, and it is having dangerous consequences on their health, learning, and well-being.

In 2011, Keurig Dr Pepper launched its Let᾿s Play initiative to provide funding, equipment, and space to help families make physical activity a daily priority. Through a holistic approach, the company works with nonprofits, retail partners and bottlers, and government officials to ensure that children have opportunities to engage in meaningful, physical activity every day.

Keurig Dr Pepper set out to do one thing with Let’s Play: get kids and families active. Since the program launched, it has provided more than 4,000 grants in areas across North America, contributed more than 33,000 employee volunteer hours, and provided more than 12 million kids the opportunity to play. 

General Mills

As a leading food company selling products in over 100 countries, General Mills recognizes that societal food waste is a major social, environmental, and economic challenge. With that in mind, the company has philanthropically invested and taken other strategic actions globally to increase surplus food recovery capabilities across the food sector.

General Mills set a goal of engaging 10,000 food businesses in surplus food recovery and enabling 500 million meals through surplus food recovery by 2018. Working closely with leading nonprofits in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., General Mills enabled the creation and scaling of innovative new technology platforms and organizational networks for surplus food that are making it easier than ever for businesses like grocery stores and restaurants to donate to charity, rather than destroy, perfectly good surpluses.

These General Mills initiatives has already empowered more than 26,000 businesses in North America and Europe with surplus food recovery capabilities and enabled 1.8 billion meals to be donated to charities serving hungry people in our communities.