Lexmark strives to be a good corporate citizen in the communities where our employees live and work. We contribute money, equipment, facilities, loaned talent, technical assistance and volunteer support to organizations on a local, national and global scale.
Volunteerism is at the core of Lexmark. Our people are passionate about helping others and the environment.
Lexmark empowers employees to give their time, talent and resources through programs such as Volunteer Time Off and flexible work policies. Lexmark presents an annual Volunteer of the Year award to an employee who demonstrates excellence in volunteerism. The recipient is selected by the Lexmark Global “Living the Vision” Committee from a pool of nominees across all Lexmark locations. This award is designed to recognize the individual volunteer efforts of our employees and help support the causes that are most important to them.
Lexmark supports many organizations globally. From company-wide initiatives to individual and team contributions, Lexmark makes a significant impact in our communities.
Lexmark locations around the globe support United Way by donating funds, employee skills, volunteer and personal time, use of company facilities, communications and promotion. Employees are excited about the opportunity to help and often find enthusiastic ways to encourage others to donate to the cause—activities ranging from care day projects to benefit the local United Way organizations to festivals and sports tournaments raising funds for these organizations.
Approximately 70 employees and retirees donated 750 hours to help build the 2016 Lexmark-sponsored Lexington Habitat for Humanity home.
From tree and mangrove plantings to trash collection and cleanup efforts, Lexmark employees invest time to help the environment in the communities where we live and beyond, as well as raise awareness for environmental stewardship.
Lexmark’s corporate giving continues to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. STEM initiatives such as science fairs, youth science summits, Women in Engineering, and partnerships with universities are a few examples of the many ways Lexmark supports STEM education. Lexmark employee talent and Lexmark facilities are often used for these educational events providing increased opportunities for the local community to participate.
Through the Educating Excellence program, Lexmark sponsors awards that recognize outstanding Kansas City-area and Central Kentucky K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Monies awarded to educators are used to support classroom-based needs that improve the learning experience for students. For more information on Lexmark’s Educating Excellence program, please click here.
Lexmark continues to support the University of Kentucky’s efforts to improve STEM education and outreach initiatives. The UK/Lexmark Center for Innovation in Math and Science Education was established to provide professional development to Kentucky science and math teachers, a lab for fieldwork-based ecology education and a shared meeting room for community outreach. In addition, Lexmark is a sponsor of UK’s annual Engineers Day, or E-Day.
Impact Message from Habitat for Humanity CEO,
Rachel Smith Childress Beginning in 1998, Lexmark’s generosity has served 23 Homebuyer Families in partnership with Lexington Habitat for Humanity. They have served more families than any single entity in our history, investing over $750,000 and over 30,000 volunteer hours. The work we do with families in need of adequate, affordable housing has a significant impact on our local economy. It not only adds to the property tax base but it reduces housing costs for families with limited resources, enabling them to have funds available for things like healthy food and developmental activities for their children. Children who grow up in stable housing make better grades, are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college, make more money and are more likely to vote and be involved in their community. We are very grateful for Lexmark’s commitment to helping Habitat work to accomplish our vision that everyone has a decent place to live.
2016 North America charitable giving
Community and volunteerism
North America Giving
Lexmark makes numerous in-kind contributions to nonprofit organizations. In addition to printers and gifts associated with printing, employees collect items for numerous other needs. These collections are not tracked for value purposes but are meaningful contributions for the community. School supplies, food, clothing, health supplies and trees are some of the many items Lexmark has donated.
Since 2008, Lexmark Canada has partnered with La Fondation MIRA to fulfill its mission: “Whatever is available to all should also be accessible to the handicapped.” La Fondation MIRA is dedicated to helping disabled individuals by teaming them with dogs bred and fully trained to respond to their adaptation and rehabilitation needs. All of MIRA’s services are made available free of charge to individuals with one or many visual or motor disabilities, and to children presenting an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
In 2016, Lexmark’s partnership with La Fondation MIRA resulted in the training and provision of 16 guide dogs to enable increased accessibility for individuals with visual or mobility impairments.