Emerson Electric

Emerson Electric

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The Emerson Charitable Trust provides financial assistance and other support to local organizations in the United States that improve and enrich lives, promote volunteerism, sponsor education, and provide services to those in need. Emerson units throughout the rest of the world undertake similar responsibilities consistent with practices in the countries in which they operate. They encourage employees to be involved, and many devote their time and energy to causes and organizations in their community. 

Emerson as a corporation believes they have a duty to improve life, and more specifically to foster learning through their schools, cultural institutions, and programs; promote the health and well-being of residents; invest in the character, values, and future prosperity of their youth; and support the infrastructure of their communities. 

While Emerson supports immediate needs, such as hurricane, tsunami, and earthquake relief efforts, their principal global philanthropic efforts are focused in six primary areas: education, health and human services, arts and culture, civic, youth, and employee matching gifts program.

In the area of education, Emerson supports learning programs that provide the foundation to create leaders, business managers, and skilled individuals who can thrive in a changing world. 

The focus on health and human services has led Emerson to support a range of international health organizations, medical research initiatives, hospitals, care centers, and hospices. Their contributions help sustain the well-being of people of all ages, and support special initiatives including the treatment of medical disorders, domestic abuse shelters, and employment and job training.

Support of arts and culture is important to Emerson to help elevate living standards and quality of life. Contributions go toward dance, music, and theater groups. Additionally, funding is provided for educational television, public radio, numerous libraries, museums, zoos, and science centers.

Emerson's commitment to local government hopes to provide stability, safety, and protection within their communities. Supplemental funding is also provided to support public service programs such as local police, fire, and rescue squads; housing assistance organizations; local conservation groups; and parks.

For the youth in their communities, the corporation focuses on instilling character and values during developmental years. Emerson-supported organizations receive funding to provide mentors, advocates, and skills development programs for young people, as well as helping to prevent child abuse and providing care for terminally ill children.

As a corporation, Emerson allows employees to help choose where to channel funds to assist community activities through their long-standing employee matching gifts program. Many Emerson operations match full-time employees' contributions up to a total of $10,000 annually to higher education institutions and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.