AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past seven years, the North American employees at Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, have united in the fight to end hunger. Since 2010, they have raised 4.35 million meals for local communities-- or enough to feed the population of Tacoma, Washington three meals a day for a week! As the 2016 campaign kicks off on September 1, the employees remain focused on serving their neighbors in need.
More than 20,000 Faurecia employees at 44 manufacturing plants and R&D centers across Canada, Mexico and the United States, have committed to donate food and money to local food bank partners for the FUELS (Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service) Community Food Drive. Employees will spend the month of September striving to raise 800,000 meals total.
"FUELS serves as a reminder of our continued passion for giving back in the communities Faurecia calls home," said Mark Stidham, president of Faurecia North America. "This year, we are adopting the theme of 'Growing Together,' which embraces our pledge to charitable giving and reflects all of the ways we are growing – reaching new markets, expanding product offerings and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit as we prepare for the future of manufacturing. It's inspiring to see Faurecia employees' commitment to the growth of our communities and their members, and to a brighter future for all."
Each year, Faurecia facilities team up with local food banks to understand the specific needs of local residents and to ensure maximum impact. In addition to food and monetary donations, many employees donate time during scheduled volunteer days at the partner food banks.
As part of the food drive, the Faurecia facilities participate in friendly competition. Each site has a goal to meet based on the amount of meals collected in the previous year. In addition to employees' individual donations, the Faurecia sites often host a variety of fundraisers. In the past, sites have held chili cook-off competitions, golf outings, car washes, dunk tanks, picnics and obstacle courses, kickball tournaments, and much more.
For sites that reach their targets, the company donates an extra $1,000 to the food bank partner. The sites that raise the most, as a percentage of their goal, earn an extra $5,000 for their food bank partner. One winning site is named for Canada/U.S. and one for Mexico.
The FUELS Community Food Drive is one example of Faurecia's service and volunteer initiatives through its business groups and individual team members. Its ongoing efforts include commitments to STEM, providing shelter and ending hunger, plus participating in other charitable partnerships.
Faurecia is one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers with global leadership positions in three activities: Automotive Seating, Interior Systems and Emissions Control Technologies. Its strong technology offer provides automakers with solutions for the cockpit of the future and sustainable mobility. In 2015, the Group posted total sales of $23 billion and employed 103,000 people in 34 countries at 330 sites and 30 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange and trades in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) market. For more information, visit www.faurecia.com
In North America, Faurecia had sales of $6.4 billion in 2015. It employs more than 20,000 people at 48 locations in Canada, Mexico and the United States.