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A Successful Community Action Month

More than 1,100 Adobe employees around the world rolled up their sleeves and gave back to our communities in the spirit of Community Action Month during April and May, making a big impact in the communities in which we live and work.

Employees helping to beautify the Mount Pleasant High School campus

Employees helping to beautify the Mount Pleasant High School campus

Adobe volunteers gave over 4,400 hours of service to a variety of organizations, with a focus on Adobe Foundation grantees, resulting in an impact extending beyond just the cash grants. Activities ranged from sorting food at local food banks to building playhouses, to giving career advice to Adobe Youth Voices students.

A key benefit is the great teambuilding that is cultivated while volunteers work side by side in service of their community.  Adobe’s Senior Vice President of HR, Donna Morris, is a big advocate of Community Action Month. Her team in San Jose volunteered at Mount Pleasant High School, an Adobe Youth Voices site, where they gardened, painted and cleaned.

“A day volunteering in the community is definitely not your typical day in the office, but it is not an unusual activity for Adobe. We take pride in showing our ‘involved’ value at work year-round. I know my team had a lot of fun tilling soil and painting together. Then, seeing the excitement on the faces of the teens after we finished made the experience that much sweeter.”

Here are highlights from the different sites around the world:

Adobe Youth Voices: Adobe Youth Voices held several events for Community Action Month, including career panels in New York City and San Francisco, rough cut reviews in Boston, Ottawa and New York City, and a career day at the San Jose headquarters.

Bucharest: Employees donated meal tickets to the Red Cross, toys and clothes for a local shelter, and participated in a blood drive.

McLean: Twenty three employees volunteered at two homes supported and operated by the Alternative House. Employees painted, cleaned, steam cleaned carpets, assembled furniture, completing a list of projects in three hours that would have taken two people multiple days to finish.

Noida: Eleven employees participated in various sessions organized for career counseling. The activities included mock

Employees sorted and packaged donations for the HOPE Foundation in Noida, India.

Employees sorted and packaged donations for the HOPE Foundation in Noida, India.

interviews, quizzes, focused group discussions and two guest sessions. Saji Geevarghese, senior Program Director, HOPE Foundation said, “I was very impressed with how the Adobe volunteering team engaged with our youth in different ways, leaving them encouraged and visibly more confident. I am looking forward to more such engagements in the near future.”

Ottawa: More than 60 employees volunteered in the sorting and packing of food at the Ottawa Food Bank, painting a young men’s shelter and sorting clothing donations a local underserved school. Employees held a silent auction and raised more than $5,000 for the Youth Services Bureau and the Ottawa Food Bank.

San Francisco and San Jose: Ten employees volunteered with GRID Alternatives to install a 3.88 kW solar system for a low-income family home in East San Jose. The Adobe Green Team, along Adobe matching gifts, raised more than $7,500 for the GRID Alternatives workday to help bring the power of solar energy to a family in need.

Tokyo: Employees rallied around a clothing donation drive to benefit the Refashion organization that provides clothes to those in need. They also donated computers to high school students in damaged areas of Japan.

Visit the Community Action Month album on the Adobe Corporate Social Responsibility Facebook page to check out photos of various activities from different sites.

A Culture of Giving Back

Community Action Month activities are just a sample of all the great activities that happen throughout the year. In 2011, Adobe contributed over $54 million in community giving and we have a variety of programs that encourage employees to volunteer in our communities. These include:

  • Dollars for Doers program – Adobe donates $125 for every 10 hours employees volunteer at a nonprofit organization.
  • Adobe Youth Voices – Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large.
  • Matching Gift Program – The Matching Gift Program supports individual contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations and schools. Adobe matches employee donations up to a maximum of US$5,000 per employee, per calendar year.
  • Employee Software Purchase Donation Program – Adobe offers this program for K-12 Schools, whereby U.S. employees can purchase up to 30 products (at a reduced rate) to donate to local schools.

Learn more about Adobe’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

Adobe welcomes Michelle Yates, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

We are delighted to welcome Michelle Crozier Yates to Adobe as the new Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director of the Adobe Foundation. Michelle spent the last ten years at Warner Bros. Entertainment in Southern California where she was Director, and subsequently Vice President, of Corporate Responsibility. During that time, Michelle developed, implemented and oversaw the company’s corporate responsibility program at what is the world’s largest film and television studio. Michelle has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and an MBA in International Business & Corporate Responsibility from the London Business School.

Michelle joins us at a special time of the year. This month is Community Action Month, Adobe’s annual community involvement initiative where employees at sites all over the world show how they embody our “Involved” core value. Employees have the opportunity to participate in more than 70 different volunteer initiatives including sorting food at the local food bank, building playhouses for children, or assembling toiletry kits for families in need. We know that just a little bit of our time can have a big impact in local communities.  Although volunteering happens year round at Adobe, employees look forward to Community Action Month as a great way for teams across the company to dedicate some time away from work to come together to share the Adobe spirit of generosity and volunteerism. Last year, more than 1,200 Adobe volunteers gave more than 4,000 hours to local communities across the globe.  Adobe has a proud tradition of supporting our communities through volunteerism and we’re looking forward to even more employee involvement this year.

Curious about her background and why she decided to make the move from Warner Bros. to Adobe, we interviewed Michelle. Here is Michelle’s story:

Many companies have a Corporate Social Responsibility program, what makes Adobe’s unique?

Adobe’s CSR program is unique due to the commitment from leadership, some standout initiatives such as the Adobe Foundation’s outreach program, Adobe Youth Voices, and a sustainable facilities strategy. But fundamentally the core values of the company are truly embodied in an engaged employee population and responsible corporate citizenship.

Having been at Warner Bros. for 10 years, what intrigued you to join Adobe?

I was approached by recruitment at Adobe and although I wasn’t looking for a new position, once I researched Adobe as a company and their CSR work specifically, I was very impressed with everyone I met with and with the company’s commitment to building their CSR program and profile.  It seemed like a great new challenge and opportunity, and I love the culture here.

Looking at the many CSR initiatives that you’ve been involved with throughout your career, which one are you most proud of? Why?

Looking back, I am really proud to have created and implemented the Warner Bros.’ Impact worldwide employee giving program, which combined the giving of time and funds and has become the signature outreach and employee engagement program.  Since the launch, employee participation has grown every week and hit 35% in the first year, well surpassing the targets.  Millions of dollars have been contributed to community based organizations around the world and thousands of hours volunteered, and employees have really embraced it.  Programs like that contribute to overall employee recruitment, retention, engagement and loyalty, in addition to the benefits in the community.

What career advice would you give to someone who’s interested in pursuing a career in the CSR field?

CSR is an inter-disciplinary field, and to lead a CSR team or program, it’s important to be somewhat of a generalist, but one who has done a deep dive in many areas of CSR at some point in your career.  So for example, spend some time working with community organizations (from the corporate, nonprofit, or civic side), grappling with challenging supply chain issues such as human rights and resource use, gaining a deep understanding of the many facets of environmental sustainability, building and improving employee engagement programs, practicing strategic philanthropy, formally engaging with shareholders and other stakeholder groups….the list goes on.  But learn every area over time.

On the personal front, can you tell us something interesting about yourself that others may not necessarily know about you?

I have been an avid snowboarder for more than 20 years, having converted from skiing after my first ride.  I actually broke my arm on that very first day, but kept going back (and breaking a few more bones doing snowboardcross along the way!) because I just find it to be such an exhilarating experience.  I’ve become a lot more cautious now that I’m a parent, but I’m the first one on the lift on a nice powder day :)

Visit the Community Action Month album on Facebook for photos of our Adobe employees in action! Check back throughout the month for updates.

Also visit the Adobe Corporate Social Responsibility Facebook page to get the latest news on all of our CSR efforts.

A picture from our latest Community Action Month event with Habitat for Humanity

A picture from our latest Community Action Month event with Habitat for Humanity

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