We reinforce our employees’ community engagement through philanthropic giving, focusing corporate resources on areas where Ingersoll Rand can truly make a difference. These efforts are aligned with our global environmental and social priorities: energy efficiency; science, technology, engineering and math; nutrition and food waste reduction; and housing and shelter, focusing on communities around the world where we have operations. Over the past five years, we have donated more than $24 million (USD) in philanthropic gifts to community partners.
Ingersoll Rand Global Citizenship Council
Ingersoll Rand strives to embody best practices in corporate citizenship. We work tirelessly to ensure that the impacts of our business activity, together with the involvement of our employees as friends and neighbors, contribute to a better quality of life in all of the communities in which we operate. The Ingersoll Rand Global Citizenship Council aligns our businesses and employees with this vision. The council’s mission is to make recommendations that focus resources on areas where we truly can make a difference.
This mission reflects our preference for making charitable contributions and involving employees as volunteers to achieve targeted results. Instead of providing charitable support for “worthy causes,” our objective is to make resource investments that lead to measurable, observable changes in people, communities and our environment.
A team of Ingersoll Rand engineers, lab technicians, human resources repIngersoll Rand China has partnered with the non-profit Chi Heng Foundation (CHF) to conduct its first corporate social responsibility effort – the AIDS-affected Orphan Program. Launched in 2014, the program engages employees of Ingersoll Rand in China to help AIDS-affected orphans pursue education and vocational training. It also enables more people to build an understanding of the AIDS disease and treat AIDS-affected people respectfully and fairly.
In the program’s first year, Ingersoll Rand employees from around China took part in the “Talk to AIDS” workshop and participated in a volunteer activity at the Shanghai Young Bakers baking center, funded by CHF. We continued the program in 2015 with a “Children's Charity Drawing Competition,” inviting all of our China employees to submit their children’s paintings in the theme of “My Dream.” The aim was to help AIDS-affected orphans pursue their education dreams through online bidding and an on-site auction of the paintings at the Ingersoll Rand Shanghai office.
Before bidding began, the team exhibited about 100 brilliant paintings by children of employees. CHF presented paintings drawn by the AIDS-affected orphans and shared the painters’ stories, vividly displaying their determination, optimism and positive attitude towards life. All funds raised in the auction were donated to CHF to support 81 AIDS-affected orphans in Anhui Province in completing their one-year primary school education, and company leaders presented the prizes to the 19 winners and their parents.
PR Newswire, a global leading news distribution agency, named the Ingersoll Rand China AIDS-affected Orphan Program the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Communications of the year. The award recognizes the program’s positive social impact generated across China, as well as the multiple communications channels it has leveraged over two consecutive years to reach a wider group of people with its positive message.
Ingersoll Rand Foundation
The Ingersoll Rand Foundation serves as the focal point for our corporate philanthropic activity. The Foundation’s purpose is to develop charitable partnerships that help build comfortable, sustainable, efficient and educated communities. These partnerships help make our communities better places to live and work, while building employee morale and engagement and nurturing trust in Ingersoll Rand.
The Ingersoll Rand Foundation is engaged in five programs that align with our business and extend our enterprise vision — a word of sustainable progress and enduring results — into the communities where we live, work and operate.
Priority Issue Grants
This program makes available general grants, and is open to requests from all employees and 501(c)(3) designated nonprofit organizations. Grants for consideration must address at least one of the Foundation’s four priority issues: energy and natural resource efficiency; housing and shelter; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and nutrition and food waste reduction.
All Ingersoll Rand locations have the opportunity to set up a United Way annual employee giving campaign. Money donated by employees during campaigns will be matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation. Although United Way campaigns are primarily held within the United States, our locations in India and Puerto Rico have also taken part in the program. In addition, the Foundation will match contributions to educational institutions made by eligible employees up to an annual, aggregate maximum of $15,000 (USD).
Led by the Club Car chapter of the Ingersoll Rand Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG), Club Car donated $10,000 (USD) to support the mission and programs of the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Foundation provides educational scholarships for children and spouses of U.S. military service men and women killed or disabled while serving. The Club Car VERG is composed of Club Car employees who donate time to help veterans, active military members and their families through networking, special events and welcoming and onboarding veterans into the Club Car family.
Natural Disaster Relief
Ingersoll Rand is a longstanding partner with the American Red Cross. This partnership accelerates support for disaster relief efforts worldwide, and ensures that our employees will receive relief from the Red Cross in the event of a natural disaster. It also facilitates employee giving to Red Cross relief efforts in disaster-stricken areas.
The Ingersoll Rand Scholarship Program fosters employee goodwill by rewarding, recognizing and supporting the academic success of our employees’ children throughout their college careers. High school juniors and seniors are eligible for merit scholarships of up to $2,500 (USD) annually for one to four years per recipient. The program is available on a global basis. In addition to academic accomplishments, financial need is an important factor in selecting award recipients.
Named “Dollars for Doers,” our volunteer program rewards individuals and employee teams who donate their time to community causes with a gift from the Foundation to eligible nonprofit organizations. The amount of the donation corresponds with the number of hours volunteered and the needs of the organization selected.
Thermo King Minneapolis employees helped change local children’s back-to-school experience by participating in the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive in partnership with non-profit social services agency Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People. Employees surpassed their goal of 100 backpacks, ending the event by donating 111 backpacks, 7 boxes of school supplies and $200 (USD) in cash. Employees who offered a donation were entered into a raffle drawing for company-funded prizes that included sports tickets, restaurant gift cards, candy baskets and Thermo King merchandise with winners being drawn daily. This was the third year Thermo King participated in the Stuff the Bus event, partnering with other local companies to make the community aware of school children’s need for backpacks and school supplies.
Philanthropic Core Principles
Our culture of giving advances the quality of life in communities around the world, while building employee morale and engagement and nurturing trust in Ingersoll Rand. By establishing priorities and guidelines for our charitable giving both the Ingersoll Rand Global Citizenship Council and Foundation translate the following core principles into action:
- Achieving Impact: Our objective is to make resource investments that lead to measurable, observable changes in people, communities and the environment.
- Advancing Business-Community Synergy: Corporate citizenship for its own sake is intrinsically valuable. Our philanthropic efforts are responsive to both our communities and our business interests, and effectively use our unique resources.
- Community Responsiveness: Our philanthropic efforts are responsive to identified needs in the community that are appropriate for our involvement.
- Employee Preference: The interests and preferences and volunteer efforts of our employees are recognized in the community programs we support.
- Globalization and Diversity: Awareness of people, issues, communities and environments around the world, is an important element of our corporate citizenship responsibility.
- Inspiring Progress and Sustainability: Working toward sustainable solutions requires an integrated view of a community and the various issues and indicators that link that community’s environment, society and economy.
Thermo King leveraged its annual North America Dealer Principal Meeting to support Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), a non-profit social services agency meeting the needs of low-income families in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis in Minnesota. Auctioning two custom-painted, 75th anniversary trailer refrigeration units at the meeting raised a total of $67,000 (USD) in new funding for VEAP. “The generosity that emerged from this opportunity was more than we anticipated – we truly have an amazing dealer network,” says Tim Minor, vice president, Thermo King dealer development and customer solutions.