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Community Involvement

Emerson is committed to supporting the communities where we operate. Through our corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism, we seek to help make these communities better and more attractive places to live and work - not just for the benefit of our own employees and their families – but for all residents.

Our corporate giving is focused on four primary areas:

  • Education - Fostering learning through schools and universities related programs
  • Health and Human Services - Promoting the health and well-being of residents
  • Arts and Culture - Enhancing the quality of life through support for arts and cultural institutions
  • Civic - Supporting infrastructure initiatives and other community needs

Emerson and the Emerson Charitable Trust provide financial assistance and other support to local organizations in the United States with the goal of improving and enriching lives, promoting volunteerism, sponsoring education, and providing services to those in need. 

During fiscal year 2016, Emerson and the Emerson Charitable Trust made contributions of $32 million to charities, nonprofit organizations, and individual educational scholarships.

Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement

Emerson supports JA programs to prepare young people to succeed.

During fiscal year 2016, Emerson and the Emerson Charitable Trust made contributions of $32 million to charities, nonprofit organizations, and individual educational scholarships across the United States, including the company’s matching of employee contributions. Funding was approved for a wide range of requests from educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, including for capital costs to fund construction, renovation, improvements, or expansion of facilities and other infrastructure, and for operating costs to maintain core programs, to expand programs, or to launch new initiatives to address community needs.  Examples of organizations and initiatives that received Emerson funding include:

  • Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO) – in support of its capital campaign to renovate and enlarge its Ridgway Visitors Center. The Missouri Botanical Garden is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the world.
  • Junior Achievement USA (Colorado Springs, CO) – in support of development of a middle school readiness program focused on STEM fields. Junior Achievement’s purpose it to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
  • SME Education Foundation (Dearborn, MI) – in support of launching its Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education (PRIME®) program in five high schools where Emerson has facilities to help grow and train the next generation workforce.
  • City of Sidney (Sidney, OH) – in support of parks and recreation improvements and city beautification. Sidney is home to a major Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions facility.

Emerson and many of its employees are active participants in United Way fundraising and volunteer activities in the U.S. communities where our employees live and work. In 2016, the Emerson Charitable Trust made contributions to more than 30 United Way organizations across the country, including those serving Austin (TX), Cincinnati (OH), Atlanta (GA), Cleveland (OH), Houston (TX), Kansas City (MO), Knoxville (TN), Lorain County (OH), Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey (PA), St. Louis (MO), Twin Cities (MN), Waterbury (CT), Central Ohio (OH), Delaware County (OH), Grayson County (TX), Guernsey and Noble Counties (TX),  Marshalltown Area (IA), Northern New Jersey (NJ), Racine County (WI), and Richland County (OH).

Renewal of Ferguson and North St. Louis County
St. Louis has been the home of Emerson’s corporate headquarters since 1890, and our campus in the suburb of Ferguson in north St. Louis County has been a part of our company’s operations since the 1940s. We have a deep, ongoing commitment to supporting organizations and initiatives that seek to improve quality of life for all who live in the St. Louis region.

In the wake of tragic events in Ferguson in August 2014, which sparked protests and civil unrest in the St. Louis area that gained national and international attention, Emerson reaffirmed its commitment to the region and took a leading corporate role in supporting initiatives to enhance social services, education and employment opportunities for economically-disadvantaged residents of Ferguson and north St. Louis County. Since 2014, Emerson has made donations and pledges, including a portion of its United Way contributions, totaling $15.4 million (as of 2017) in support of initiatives specifically targeted to residents and youth of north St. Louis County.

Among the approximately 80 organizations that received Emerson contributions in 2016 were:

  • Ranken Technical College – $1.75 million over five years (2015-2019) to fund scholarships for students from north St. Louis County.
  • St. Louis Community College – $1 million over six years (2016-2021) to fund scholarships to enable high school students from north St. Louis County to take STEM classes for college credit.
  • Beyond Housing – $500,000 over four years (2016-2019) to support expansion of its services in north St. Louis County related to pre-kindergarten children and their families, health and wellness, and job training and job search services.
  • STL Youth Jobs – $1.65 million over three years (2015-2017) to provide at-risk youth ages 16-24 with individualized career assessment, financial literacy and job readiness training, 
SOS Children's Village - India Charitable
SOS Children's Villages of India

Emerson is providing financial support for SOS Children's Villages of India to help disadvantaged youth. 

China Charitable Program

In China, Emerson fulfills its commitment to being a good corporate citizen through its China Charitable Program. Launched in 2009, this initiative leverages our core capabilities of engineering and infrastructure development, and focuses on the key areas of education, civic support, and health and human services.

The Emerson China Charitable Program is working with the New Great Wall Program to support more than 100 students through monetary donations, and our employees participate in volunteer teaching opportunities. Additionally, Emerson has provided scholarships for students attending the Quingquan primary school in An County, Mianyang in Sichuan province since 2012. 

Emerson is a long-time corporate sponsor of the China Women’s Development Foundation’s Water Cellars for Mothers project which aims to help relieve the water shortage in poverty-stricken villages that have no direct access to clean running water. Over the years, we have donated nearly $1 million to the Water Cellars for Mothers program and contributed many hours of volunteer work to help bring clean water to more than 5,000 villagers in seven different locations in the province. Our employees from Shenzhen, Shanghai, Suzhou, Shenyang, Xian, Tianjin, Beijing, Lanzhou, Kunming, Hong Kong, and Chengdu have volunteered their time to visit the villages and help assess effectiveness and impact of the program.

India Charitable Program

Emerson’s charitable program in India, in accordance with India regulations, seeks to support initiatives with impactful and enduring results. The primary focus of our India program is promoting continuity in education for disadvantaged youth. In 2016, we provided funding to the following nongovernment organizations (NGOs):

  • Masoom – in support of its skill development courses for more than 250 students.
  • Purkal Youth Development Society – in support of its classes and to furnish a girls hostel
  • Agastya International Foundation – in support of its innovative science education program for economically disadvantaged youth attending government schools in the cities of Pune and Pilani.​
  • SOS Children’s Villages of India – in support of its programs that help 1,400 youth across 32 villages grow up in a nurturing environment.
  • Lend-A-Hand India – in support of its mission to make a difference in the lives of the poor through self-help.  
"I Love STEM" Days

Children and students visit Emerson facilities and learn more about STEM careers.

STEM Education and Careers

Emerson has embraced and supported a wide range of initiatives to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and awareness in the communities where it operates. The company has made a multimillion dollar commitment to support STEM and robotics-related programs through 2020 with a number of organizations and schools including Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri; STEMpact; Harris-Stowe University; and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Additionally, Emerson employees have volunteered with STEM-related organizations, such as Girl Start in Austin, Texas; Air Camp in Dayton, Ohio; and Edina Public Schools, in Minnesota.

In 2016, Emerson announced a $1 million commitment over six years to the St. Louis Community College Foundation to establish the Emerson STEM Academy at the college’s Florissant Valley campus. The Emerson STEM Academy allows students at targeted north St. Louis County high schools, particularly low-income and minority students, to enroll in college-level classes, with an emphasis on STEM degree pathways, to earn college credit.

In 2016, we continued our ‘We Love STEM’ awareness campaign on social media with YouTube star Hank Green to inspire and empower the next generation of engineers by connecting science to technological advances and modern conveniences. Additionally, Emerson locations throughout the United States have hosted “I Love STEM” days for children and students to visit Emerson facilities and learn more about STEM careers.

In Asia Pacific, Emerson employees have participated in a number of STEM activities, such as a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) roundtable in Shanghai; IEEE Women in Engineering networking and mentoring events in Hong Kong; sponsorship and participation in the first Society of Women Engineers event in India, including a facility visit to our Innovation Center in Pune.

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