We have a long history of investing our funds, expertise and time in the communities where we do business. It began with our founder, Stan Avery, who said, “There was a time when all I wanted to do was help people with charitable work. But as time went on, I realised that a business could do so much more. It could help more people than I could possible help on my own.” Our employees carry on in Stan’s spirit every day.
Our company makes the majority of its community investments through the Avery Dennison Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance education and sustainability in the communities where our employees live and work, and to encourage employee engagement with a spirit of invention and innovation.
The Foundation’s primary means of giving is its Global Grantmaking Initiative. Through the initiative, the Foundation works with employees worldwide to identify and fund local organizations that provide essential services in the communities they serve. Those grants often include volunteer work by our employees well.
As part of its mission to advance education, the Foundation has for many years funded our InvEnt Scholarships in China and India. InvEnt Scholarships help cultivate the next generation of innovators by providing outstanding students in STEM-related fields with tuition assistance, an invention competition and professional development opportunities. As part of their application, students submit ideas for an invention they then design during their scholarship year. Each year, InvEnt Scholars are honored at an award ceremony where they exhibit their inventions for their professors and executives from Avery Dennison.
Our LPM employees give at the the local level through the Granting Wishes program, which enables them to recommend smaller, one-time grants to local nonprofit organizations. In addition, employees collaborate with grantees on a hands-on volunteer project.