BNY Mellon launched a global initiative on Wednesday aimed at raising awareness of issues related to waste and food security through nearly 100 employee volunteer events to be held around the world.
The initiative, which was developed and will be organized by employees, features events including conducting food drives and serving meals to the homeless. The events will be held as part of the investment services firm’s Community Partnership program, which encourages employees to volunteer and contribute, with matching contributions from the company.
“More than 850 million people in the world don’t have enough to eat, and a staggering amount of food is lost or wasted at almost every point in the food chain. Unfortunately, no country or region is immune,” R. Jeep Bryant, the executive vice president for marketing and corporate affairs at BNY Mellon, said. “BNY Mellon’s philanthropic focus is on improving local communities by partnering with organizations that provide for basic needs. Hunger is an issue our employees have supported through ongoing volunteer and donation efforts and this global initiative responds to their commitment and desire to do even more.”
Last year, the company and its employees contributed $1.2 million, which is equal to six million meals. Employees will also partner with Canstruction, an international non-profit that builds giant structures out of canned food. An apple will be displayed in Boston, a rice bowl in Hong Kong, fish in London and globe in Pittsburgh.