H.B. Fuller summer interns volunteering at Target Field.

Not only are corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs beneficial for local communities, these efforts have increasingly become an expectation from both consumers and employees. 

The next generation of the workforce expects that their employers will be responsible corporate citizens, and they take a company’s CSR reputation into consideration when deciding where to work.

Each year, H.B. Fuller welcomes college interns to our global headquarters in Minnesota, and we encourage them to engage with our corporate social responsibility programs as they explore what a future with our company could look like. Intern Philip Shady said, “Corporate responsibility and community involvement are both important to me because we have the resources to make a difference.”

In 2018, we invited our interns to participate in a collaborative volunteer event organized by the Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities, of which H.B. Fuller is a member company. Nearly 450 interns from ten local companies came together to volunteer with MATTER, a local nonprofit making a global impact. Volunteers worked on several projects that will help ensure access to healthy foods for individuals and families in need across the country. Together, the interns packed 7,000 healthy meals while networking with peers – building connections and strengthening Minnesota’s future workforce.

Following the event, intern Katie Zoborowski shared: “Getting the opportunity to participate in this project definitely increased my interest in H.B. Fuller as an employer. The fact that volunteer events are embedded in the internship program really emphasizes H.B. Fuller’s dedication to giving back. Although the interns are only here for a short time, it is so special to learn about the company’s strong corporate responsibility program!” Through volunteer events like this and other corporate social responsibility programs, H.B. Fuller is able to support our communities as well as engage the next generation of employees.