Sponsored GPM Investments Friendship Circle of Virginia’s inaugural ‘Inclusion Day at The Diamond’ during a baseball game between the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
The company provided over 3,300 free tickets to the community for the event, which included increased accessible seating, on-site activities for children, ASL services, closed captioning, speaker volume weaker and more.
The Friendship Circle of Virginia raised approximately $45,000 at the event to help support its ongoing free programs for the community. Earlier this year, GPM sponsored the Walk N’ Roll fundraising event, which encourages participants to walk, roll, run, scooter or skate to raise money for the organization.
“We’re proud to support events like Inclusion Day that bring the local community together,” said Michael Bloom, executive vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer at GPM. “It’s meaningful work, and it’s crucial to create spaces that facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities and to continue to raise awareness about mental health.”
The Friendship Circle of Virginia is a nonprofit organization that aims to create an inclusive community by facilitating friendships and social opportunities for people with and without disabilities to connect through meaningful social experiences at home and throughout the community. community.
GPM Investments, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARKO CORP., a family of community brands, is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and operates or supplies stores in 33 states and Washington, D.C. GPM has approximately 3,100 locations , consisting of approximately 1,415 company-operated stores and 1,675 dealer sites to which it supplies fuel.
Since 2015, Kellogg’s has achieved its goal of creating better days for more than 1.3 billion people – manufacturing progress towards its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goal of creating better days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.
As part of Kellogg’s ESG strategy, the company’s Better Days Pledgeis to advance sustainable and equitable access to food by addressing the intersection of well-being, hunger, sustainability and equity, diversity and inclusion.
“Our founder, WK Kellogg, believed that part of running a good business was good for society,” said Chairman and CEO Steve Cahillane. “By deliberately integrating our ESG strategy — our Kellogg’s Better Days Promise — in all aspects of our business, we are delivering meaningful social impact and business results.”
Its recent ESG report highlighted achievements from 2015 to the end of 2021, including:
- Over 1.3 billion Better Days have been created;
- 800 million people fed with its food;
- 219 million people starving or in crisis were fed;
- Over 445,000 farmers and agronomists supported, many of them women and smallholders;
- Women make up 44% of all leadership positions globally; and
- 106,000 employee volunteer hours have been logged to ensure global food security.
“Our business has achieved strong ESG results as we deliver on our promise to advance sustainable and equitable access to food by addressing the intersection of wellbeing, hunger, sustainability and equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Kris Bahner, senior vice president, Global Corporate Affairs. “Together with our partners, we envision a day where people are nurtured and fulfilled, our planet thrives, and there is a place at the table for everyone.”
Kellogg is working to keep its promise through a variety of strategies, including donations to summer meal programs.