A corporation can feel like a world of its own. With elaborate office spaces, complete benefits and massive work forces, the biggest companies on our planet are certainly working towards self-sufficiency. Lucky for us, many corporations are focused on fostering positive global citizens – not just good employees. It’s impressive.
As industries around the world expand, animal habitats decrease. While many species are adapting, 20 percent of the world’s species could be extinct in the next 30 years. In an effort to save these animals, scientists often bring a few members of the species into captivity to protect them and encourage population. This is a sensitive operation, so worldwide express superpower FedEx was called upon to move two pairs of endangered pandas from Chengdu, Sichuan to safe facilities in the U.K. and Europe.
While still a huge problem around the globe, AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 22 percent in the last 5 years. A cure for AIDS has not been discovered. But HIV, as a non-contagious virus, is 100 percent preventable so the pressure sits with HIV/AIDS education efforts to turn the tide in affected areas. Louis Vuitton, Hewlett-Packard and Wells Fargo all appear on amfAR’s $100,000+ donations list. Wells Fargo is a leader in the San Francisco AIDS community and has been working with amfAR since 1999.
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There are 7.6 million deaths from cancer each year. Through Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events, Bank of America raised $500,000. The National Football League raised $1 million through its Crucial Catch Campaign, also for cancer. Walgreens raked in $23 million for the American Cancer Society. They’ve been in partnership for over 20 years.
We are a global community. While international corporations are often the catalyst for so much global connection, they are not always sources of support. It’s extremely positive that these organizations are giving back in such big ways.