For over 80 years, Air Products has been building relationships and contributing to the well-being of our host communities around the world. We do this in a variety of ways: through financial contributions from the Air Products Foundation, in-kind donations, employee directed giving, and employee volunteerism with non-profit organizations. Our support priorities include education and workforce development, health and human services, community and economic development, arts and culture and environment and safety. We work closely with community partners, including non-profit organizations, emergency responders, elected officials, and education, business, and community leaders to identify the highest impact opportunities.
In 2020, our efforts focused on addressing the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We provided significant grants to support basic needs for the unsheltered, hungry, and unemployed, particularly in urban areas. We connected our employees to non-profits, virtually, to provide mentoring and advice regarding business processes related to accounting, finance, human resources and more. We also supported COVID-19 rescue and recovery efforts, making much-needed deliveries of medical oxygen and helium to hospitals, providing the infrastructure needed for emergency pop-up hospitals, as well as making other donations for medical care.
The theme for Air Products' community outreach efforts — "Working here. Living here. Giving here." — reflects three important roles that the company and its employees have played in our communities worldwide for 80 years.
With operations in 50 countries around the globe, Air Products is an integral part of local, regional, national and international economies. Our employees work and live close to our facilities, providing not only economic benefit to the community, but also a deep commitment to contributing to the health and vitality of that community. For the well-being of our neighbors, our customers, our employees and the world around us, we are committed to being the world’s safest and most diverse industrial gas company.
Air Products and its employees embrace the opportunity and responsibility to be a good neighbor and an integral part of the communities and neighborhoods where we operate. We uphold the highest environmental and sustainability standards and provide resources to strengthen educational, environmental and welfare institutions. After all, the stronger the local community, the stronger and more stable the platform from which we can run our business.
As part of our company strategy, supporting the communities where we operate is vital to our success. Many not-for-profit institutions around the world receive grants from our Air Products Foundation to support their important missions. As a national leader in skills-based volunteering, our employees volunteer their time and talent as they share their professional competencies (e.g., strategic planning, IT, human resources), helping the institutions within their communities become stronger and more vibrant.