Black and white image of a child enjoying a sunny day in a field

We Give, so What?

— Silvia Ashmore, WE 

Talk is cheap if you do not put your money where your mouth is. The same is true when it comes to living your values – especially when they include doing your part to improve your global community. Everyone strives to do better and leave the world in a better place than we found it, so on this Giving Tuesday 2015, here are a few ways WE gives back.

In September, WE joined 193 world leaders committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a set of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change. Subsequently, and as a founding member of IMPACT 2030, WE is aligning our corporate volunteer efforts to create impact in the SDGs by selecting three focus areas: lifting people out of poverty, promoting good health and providing quality education.

We also recently released our Fifth Annual United Nations Global Compact report card highlighting actions that we are taking on a global basis to address UNGC principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Lastly, while all our employees are gifted 16-hours annually to volunteer based on personal passion, this year’s WE holiday campaign will be an extension of that by focusing specifically on alleviating poverty. We are offering employees a choice of four nonprofits, nominated by employee volunteers, where the agency will make a donation on their behalf. The organizations include: Action for Children(UK), Diakonia Munchen(DE), Heart to Heart Shanghai(CN), Portland Sunshine Division(US).

Whether it’s volunteering at food banks, handing out lunch bags to homeless neighbors, getting children’s books in low-income neighborhoods or assembling hygiene kits for refugees, WE employees are putting our money where our mouthes are. Together, we create lasting impact as partners in building bigger, better and stronger communities around us.

Checkout some stats from our Gift of Time infographic below:

Infographic of the many charitable donations that WE have given