LINDEN — For a sixth consecutive time, Valero Energy Corporation has been named to The Civic 50, a list of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
Valero also was recognized again as the top energy-sector company on the list. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities where they do business.
The Civic 50 winners were announced at the Points of Light Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, where corporate citizenship leaders from across the country gathered to discuss social innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration.
“We are proud once again to be recognized on this prestigious list of the top companies in the U.S. for community engagement, and especially as the leader in our industry,” said Joe Gorder, Valero chairman, president and CEO.
In 2018, Valero employees companywide logged more than 150,000 volunteer hours for hundreds of community projects, representing an estimated $3.6 million in saved out-of-pocket labor costs for nonprofit organizations. Valero, its employees and charitable organizations also generated more than $55.6 million for worthy charities, through direct donations or fundraising, worldwide.
Employees of Valero Renewables-Linden logged more than 804 volunteer hours in 2018. In addition, employees pledged over $28,087 to the local United Way for 2019, with additional donations, and a company match, bringing the total to $42,130. The facility also distributed $35,000 in 2018 to five area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children.
“It’s great to work for a company like the Valero Energy Corporation, who understands the need for community involvement, and encourages each site to organize events that help others,” said Mark Brown, plant manager of the Valero Renewables-Linden. “The employees at Linden are a part of the Valero team that willingly volunteers time and donations, and sees the benefits in our local area. People helping people, with the support of Valero; it does make a difference.”
The Civic 50 honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more. They are chosen based on four dimensions of their U.S. engagement programs: investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.
“The Civic 50 truly highlights the commitment of community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “The business community plays an important role in creating and delivering innovative solutions that drive social good in the communities where they live and work.”