Even with the rising cost of gasoline, food, and other necessities, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation (SEC) employees created a smart charity program entitled “SECares,” facilitating their fellow co-workers to continue supporting good causes. This voluntary program provides an easy way for Sennheiser's approximately 130 employees to contribute any monetary amount, large or small, to two well-known charities throughout the year.
Starting in August, Sennheiser will offer contribution programs for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and United Way. The program collects donations via a payroll deduction, making it easier for employees to support valuable causes without seeking out multiple organizations or writing several checks. It also allows associates to amass a sizeable contribution at the end of the year, no matter how much they give each pay period. Plus, employees’ donations will make an even greater impact as the company will match 100% of all contributions.
“Charity initiatives have always been important to our employees,” John Falcone, president and CEO, says. “I am pleased to see such generous spirit at Sennheiser.”
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is no stranger to charitable actions. This year, the company donated ten percent of the sales of each Sennheiser CX 300-Pink headphone directly to Susan G. Komen for The Cure. As a result, Sennheiser contributed $15,000 toward a cure for breast cancer.
In addition to making donations as part of the SECares program, Sennheiser employees will also raise funds this fall at the Light the Night Walk at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut. The walk, which will be held on September 24, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. Organizers hope to raise $630,000 toward leukemia and lymphoma research and family support.
The SECares charity initiative is spearheaded by the company’s Employee Activities Committee. Established in 2006, the committee is part of a core group of employee-headed teams that can actually make a difference in the workplace. Others include the Green Team, which evaluates and suggests new methods of operating that reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and the Human Resources Committee, which assesses and recommends corporate policies.