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Sustainability and Environmental Affairs

The Foundation made 2.5% of our investments in the new category of environmental affairs, which is anchored by a $1 million grant payable over three years to The Nature Conservancy. The grant is aimed at efforts to advance sustainable forest management. The Nature Conservancy is working to identify and incorporate biodiversity components into the forestry standards by which our paper suppliers are certified; it also provides data and tools to enable paper suppliers to simultaneously meet their business objectives and do the right thing.

Other investments in this focus area include: Outward Bound, which teaches respect for the environment to young people; The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT; SUNY College of Environment and Forestry; SoundWaters; Penn State’s Department of Environmental Engineering; the Central Park Conservancy; Syracuse University’s Indoor Air Quality Research Project; and many other organizations and institutions that work toward the goal of a sustainable world.

Employee and Community Affairs
An additional 12% of our grants went to the areas of employee and community affairs, which include organizations such as the Inner City Foundation for Charity, Volunteer Legal Services (located in Rochester, NY; Chicago, IL; and New York, NY), Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity.

Under the umbrella of employee and community affairs, the Foundation manages two employee volunteer programs:

Social Service Leave enables a select group of employees to volunteer full time and at full pay. Since 1971, 481 Xerox employees have been granted fully paid leaves of absence from their jobs to work full time on social action projects of their own design and choosing.

The Xerox Community Involvement Program (XCIP) marries the voluntary spirit of our people with Xerox funding to participate in the betterment of the communities where we work and live. In 2009, the Foundation invested approximately $1 million in XCIP, and 8,650 Xerox employees participated in 648 projects.

In addition, Xerox people give their time and talent to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers by mentoring teams of students who compete in the FIRST robotics program. On a continuing basis, Xerox people volunteer at elementary schools to teach classes that show the “gee whiz” creativity of science and technology through the Xerox Science Consultant Program. This initiative is one of the longest-running business/education partnerships in the U.S. Relevant statistics include:

  • Annually, 80 Xerox science consultants teach 1,700 students from 24 schools
  • Some 70,000 students have participated since the program began more than 40 years ago

The company also sponsors an invention competition for elementary school students, which celebrates the ingenuity of children’s innovative spirit. More than 2,000 students are touched by this effort each year.

Here are examples of how Xerox people work collaboratively to help the communities where they live and work:

  • ACS, A Xerox Company, supports a dental outreach program that provides free oral screenings and dental care packages to low-income kids. What began as a local program in Georgia now improves the lives of more than 26,000 at-risk children in six U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
  • An employee from Xerox Canada serves as a council member at a local chapter of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s Affiliate Council. This group provides a forum for sharing best practices from associations across Canada; it also helps strengthen the network and supports for inclusive education and sustainable employment for people with Down syndrome.
  • As a founding partner of United Way Chile, Xerox people in that country responded to the February 2010 earthquake there; they assisted in building two nursery schools, which today welcome 200 children who come from some earthquake-affected families.

United Way
Some 113 United Way organizations in the U.S. received 18.3%, or $2.2 million, of our investments – including $1 million to the United Way of Rochester, New York, home to the largest population of Xerox employees. In addition to the Foundation grants, Xerox employees donated $1.2 million of their own money. Together, the Xerox Foundation and Xerox employees gave a total of $3.4 million to the United Way.

National and Cultural Affairs
More than 5% of our investments went to institutions that address a variety of national issues. These included the National Urban League, National Child Labor Committee, Catalyst, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Association for Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, Center for Advancement of Women, Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, Institute for Student Achievement, Minority Corporate Council, Asian-American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and Americans for Indian Opportunity.

Xerox earmarked 5% of its investments for cultural affairs. We provided support to organizations such as the Dance Theater of Harlem, International Civil Rights Museum, Boston and Connecticut Ballet, Library of Congress, Connecticut Grand Opera, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Ballet Hispanico, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Garth Fagan Dance and many more arts and cultural institutions in communities where our people work and live.

Matching Gifts
We invested 3.9% of our budget in matching gifts to colleges and universities. More than 483 institutions received these funds. The top five beneficiaries of this program for 2009 were the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University.

Memberships
Membership payments accounted for 6.5% of our total allocation. Non-profit organizations in which Xerox is a member include the Business Roundtable, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Information Technology Association of America, the Conference Board, the American Electronics Association, the United Nations Association, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the American National Standards Institute, Business for Higher Education and Business for Social Responsibility.

Staying Current
Because we are aware that the state of corporate philanthropy continues to evolve and mature, and staying current with the latest thinking and practices is important to us, Xerox people are active participants in groups such as the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the Business Roundtable, the Conference Board’s Council of Corporate Foundation Executives, Business for Social Responsibility and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and Council on Foreign Relations.