Around the World

Investing in our community is a key part of fulfilling our mission to help people thrive daily where they live, learn, work and play. Our investments range from the time and talent of our employees worldwide to product donations and cash that support various community projects. Our volunteerism efforts stem from 40 sites across the U.S., Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Newell Rubbermaid employees’ generosity in time and effort do not stop at company-sponsored events. Because they are committed to helping the company be an exemplary corporate citizen, they can be found supporting other community initiatives such as tutoring children, teaching adults work-related skills and reaching out during times of disaster.

Global Day of Service

Our annual Global Day of Service is one of Newell Rubbermaid’s biggest volunteer events enabling employees to give back to the communities in which they work and live. In 2014, the company chose education as its platform, partnering with local organizations across the globe whose purpose is to improve the educational experience for youth and young adults worldwide. Over 2,700 Newell Rubbermaid employees came together at 122 project sites in 25 countries. Projects included fixing up playgrounds, parks and classrooms at local schools; hosting book fairs, reading to young children and donating Newell Rubbermaid writing products to schools in underserved areas around the world. Education is essential to enabling people to reach their full potential, and we are excited to play a supporting role with the Global Day of Service.

Ready, Set, GIVE!

As a part of Newell Rubbermaid’s ongoing commitment to education in every corner of the world, the company launched a global employee giving campaign during the month of June — Ready, Set, GIVE! The program is a way for employees to show support by making cash donations or donating time and skills by volunteering with local charitable organizations that support education-focused projects. To maximize giving, Newell Rubbermaid offers a 1:1 company match on donations, with an opportunity for additional matching funds for those who volunteer 15 hours or more to a qualified charitable organization. The Ready, Set, GIVE! Campaign helps bring together employees around the world to make a positive impact in communities where the company has operations.

Newell Rubbermaid employees provided books and renovated the first aid room and playground at a school in Thailand. Newell Rubbermaid employees participated in Global Day of Service in Thailand. Newell Rubbermaid employees participated in Global Day of Service in Thailand. Newell Rubbermaid employees in Brazil collected winter clothing donations for families in Carlos Barbosa during Global Day of Service. Newell Rubbermaid employees participated in a beautification project at the Aigues Vertes Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, during Global Day of Service. Newell Rubbermaid employees in Huntersville, North Carolina, volunteered alongside horticulture and Junior ROTC students at North Mecklenburg High School in a campus beautification initiative for Global Day of Service including painting, landscaping and creating an outdoor reading garden. Newell Rubbermaid Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Bill Burke volunteers with employees during Global Day of Service in Huntersville, North Carolina. The Newell Rubbermaid Global Sourcing and Lenox Sales teams in New Delhi renovated a school, including painting, building a wash basin and planting trees, during the company’s Global Day of Service. Newell Rubbermaid employees painted a Scholastic Reading Oasis to provide a quiet place for students to enjoy reading books at school. Newell Rubbermaid employees around the world shared their experiences during the company’s annual Global Day of Service on social media via #NewellVolunteers. Newell Rubbermaid employees participated in Global Day of Service in South Africa. Newell Rubbermaid employees worked with United Way and Easter Seals Disability Services in Sylvan Hills in Atlanta to create snack packs for students during the company’s Global Day of Service. Newell Rubbermaid employees volunteer at the Shanghai Baby Home in China for the fourth year during the company’s Global Day of Service.
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A Focus On Education Globally

Supporting communities is an inherent part of fulfilling our commitment to help consumers get the most out of life every day where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Rubbermaid invests in initiatives that reflect what we value as a business — an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, interdependence, innovation and a sense of what truly matters in our work and in our communities.

Newell Rubbermaid believes education is critical to enhancing communities. When youth and young adults have access to the tools to succeed in school and in life, we believe it leads to individual and community success.

Education is Key

Education reduces poverty and boosts jobs and growth, collectively improving individual and community success worldwide. If every student left school with basic reading skills, together we could cut poverty worldwide by 12 percent, helping more than 171 million people get more out of life.*

Education is one of the most powerful ways of improving people’s health. It saves millions of mothers and children’s lives, helps prevent and contain disease and is an essential element of efforts to reduce malnutrition.*

And in the communities where we live and operate, education helps promote civic engagement to build society. It is the key to empowerment, helping individuals and communities grow together.*

Local Highlight: "Teacher Toolboxes” Donation to Atlanta Public Schools

Newell Rubbermaid reinforced its commitment to education by giving teachers and students across Atlanta, Georgia, access to vital school supplies from its well-known Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, Expo®, Mr. Sketch® and Rubbermaid® brands. In partnership with Kids In Need Foundation, the “Teacher Toolboxes” were distributed in 106 schools that serve 50,000 students across Atlanta Public Schools. Highlighted by an event held at Boyd Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, Newell Rubbermaid donated "Teacher Toolboxes" valued at a total of approximately $800,000 to Atlanta Public Schools, as well as an additional approximately $30,000 of in-kind product to the Kids In Need Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

*Source: UNESCO Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2013/1