In This Podcast:
Jenny Levy, director of corporate social responsibility at Hypertherm, discusses the manufacturer’s continued support of the community and environment, and provides tips on how contractors can do the same.
Q: This is the 10th anniversary since Hypertherm implemented its community service time outreach, which allows employees time off to volunteer throughout the community. Please tell us more.
A: Each associate at Hypertherm is granted 24 hours of paid community service time each year to volunteer with whichever nonprofit organization they choose. These experiences are as diverse as our associates. Some people go on school trips, others are performing trail maintenance, mentoring teens, helping at elder care centers, cooking meals at homeless shelters, and more. Last year we served more than 14,500 hours in the community, which was about 86 percent of our U.S.-based associates.
Q: In 2003, Hypertherm established its philanthropy team. Other efforts include the Green Team and work with the HOPE Foundation. You guys are certainly very involved in the community.
A: It starts with our triple-bottom-line approach to business; we manage our business for people, planet, and profits. We feel that making money and doing good things in the world are not mutually exclusive. Our three-part mission statement reflects that. This triple-bottom-line approach is set at the highest level of our organization and is driven down throughout our organization.
Director of corporate social responsibility
Publication date: 11/11/2013