Employee Volunteerism

A group of H.B. Fuller employees packing meals for their annual Make a Difference Day.

Community Affairs Councils

We strive to connect what matters in our communities through our corporate volunteerism commitment. H.B. Fuller employees are the backbone of our company, and one of the best ways to honor our employees is to listen to what they care about and involve them in our philanthropic activities and decision-making.

We have a long history of valuing our employees’ experiences and connections to the communities where they live and work. Voluntary, employee-directed Community Affairs Councils (CAC) were created in 1973 to facilitate the company’s commitment to giving back. CACs implement H.B. Fuller’s philanthropic giving and employee volunteerism programs in communities around the world where we operate.

Making a Difference in the World

Every year, we highlight our dedication to giving back to our neighbors through a worldwide, corporate volunteerism campaign. In our locations around the world, employees come together to plan volunteer projects that support a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For the 12th year in a row, we demonstrated our commitment to drive positive change through our Make a Difference month.

Our employees were tireless in overcoming pandemic-related restrictions in their planning and deployment of volunteer events, drawing on their creativity and innovation to organize virtual or distanced activities while ensuring the safety and well-being of employees, volunteers, and community members.

A collage of all of the volunteer events H.B. Fuller did in 2020.

In 2020, despite all the challenges, employees in 25 countries donated nearly 4,000 hours of service to their communities, positively affecting thousands of lives. They selected causes that they are passionate about and that addressed local needs. This year’s 39 Make a Difference projects included outreach to those isolated due to COVID-19, participation in food drives, support for communities affected by civil unrest, environmental restoration efforts, and enrichment activities for children in need, among others.

Year after year, employees around the world vote and select the project they consider most meaningful. Learn more in our blog about the winner of the Outstanding Volunteer Project of 2020 and get inspired by the work done by our local teams in Rionegro, Colombia. 

“As seen, the global pandemic affected the world in big and small ways, touching the lives of every person on our planet. Combating the virus, taking care of our communities, and providing relief to our neighbors was an important focus in 2020 and still is in 2021. In fact, our people have made outstanding contributions to our organization, to our colleagues and as well as their communities.” - Kimberlee Sinclair, Senior Director - Corporate Communications

Employee Matching 

As part of our Corporate Responsibility, employees also are eligible to receive support for their personal donations of time and money through matching programs to a range of nonprofit organizations, recognizing the efforts our employees have made to the community.

Even before the pandemic took hold, H.B. Fuller employees were already supporting urgent and emerging needs across the globe. Disasters impacting human, environmental, and animal health prompted our employees to generously respond.

Last year, employees acted fast in support of their neighbors in need by providing funds for disaster relief efforts for those affected by the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines, bushfires in Australia, and wildfires in the western U.S.

Learn more about how we support our community by following #HBFullerCares on social media and by reading our Sustainability Report.

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