AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Across North America, employees of Faurecia, the world's seventh-largest automotive supplier, are gearing up for the company's annual community food drive, an initiative started in 2010 that has grown every year since. FUELS, which stands for Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service, has provided more than 3.5 million meals to thousands of families in need throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S.—an accomplishment achieved through teamwork and a passion for giving back to the communities Faurecia calls home.
This year marks the sixth consecutive year of FUELS, a month-long drive supported by Faurecia's more than 20,000 employees at 47 locations, collecting non-perishable food items and money to nourish neighborhoods across North America. All donations for FUELS, food and monetary, are measured by the number of meals they produce. One pound of food is equal to one meal, and $1 is equal to three meals. Last year, employees helped donate 1.12 million meals!
To maximize the success and effectiveness of FUELS, Faurecia teams up with local food banks in the communities where the company has a presence. Each participating site works closely with its food bank partner to understand the specific needs of that neighborhood and to ensure Faurecia's efforts are as impactful as possible. In addition to food and monetary contributions, many employees donate time during scheduled volunteer days at their partner food banks.
"It's inspiring to see Faurecia's employees continue to demonstrate such a high level of enthusiasm and involvement with charitable initiatives such as FUELS," said Mark Stidham, president of Faurecia North America. "This year's 'Nourish our Neighborhoods' theme encapsulates all of the great work our teams are doing to help our neighbors thrive. When the company comes together, it shows that we are serious about our roles as corporate citizens and devoted to making a positive difference in communities across North America."
In years past, Faurecia's sites have competed with each other to foster teamwork and good-spirited competition for this important cause. This year, Faurecia will take a creative twist on the competition: the winner of the 2015 FUELS challenge will be the site that beats its own 2014 food collection record by the highest percentage. Faurecia will donate $1,000 to the food bank partner of each site that meets its goal, plus $5,000 to the food bank of the most successful site in the U.S./Canada and in Mexico.
The FUELS program is one example of Faurecia's service and volunteer initiatives through its business groups and individual team members. Its ongoing efforts include a dedication to STEM, providing shelter, ending hunger and participating in other charitable partnerships. The FUELS initiative, started by Faurecia North America in 2010, is now a global Faurecia program, inspiring a number of countries outside North America, including China, France, Germany, India and Spain, with other countries to join the program this year.
Faurecia is the world's seventh–largest automotive supplier, with four Business Groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2014, the Group posted sales of $25 billion. As of December 31, 2014, Faurecia employed 99,500 people in 34 countries at 330 sites, including 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.
In North America, Faurecia had sales of $6.2 billion in 2014. It employs more than 20,000 people at 47 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.