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NATIONAL REPORT — Giving back through community service efforts and charity donations is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers of this industry moving ahead. On a regular basis, Convenience Store News highlights these philanthropic efforts in this special section.
Here are the latest company spotlights:
Aloha Petroleum Ltd.
Aloha Petroleum recently presented $7,337.92 to the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter to support the organization’s work to help prevent and prepare for emergencies and provide support to military family throughout the islands and around the world. The funds were donated by Aloha Petroleum’s customers through an in-store canister program held at participating Aloha Island Mart locations statewide in March and April.
The Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund, founded by the Boyett family in 2009, hosted the 26th annual Make Dreams Real Golf Tournament, which raised approximately $306,000 for the foundation. In doing so, the endowment fund exceeded its 2016 goal of a $1-million balance, with a current balance of nearly $1.1 million.
Boyett Petroleum underwrites the entire cost of the tournament so that every dollar received goes into the endowment fund with absolutely no deductions. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $280,000 in grant funding.
The fund distributes 10 percent of its balance annually as grant funding throughout Stanislaus County, Calif. This year, grants were awarded in amounts up to $10,000 for a grand total of $139,500 to 19 programs serving the county.
Boyett Petroleum’s Cruisers gas stations and convenience stores also collected donations in April and May during the annual “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign, collecting more than $15,000 from customers.
The Southern California Regional Occupation Center (SoCal ROC) in Torrance, Calif., was awarded $50,000 by Chevron to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program. SoCal ROC will use the funds for continued support in the Chevron Lab for its STEM courses, including aerospace engineering, civil engineering/architecture and engineering. This is the third $50,000 donation Chevron has made to SoCal ROC.
Enmarket, formerly Enmark Stations, raised $90,234 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. During the month of May, the company’s 63 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina sold Light The Night paper balloon icons for $1 each in support of LLS.
Enmarket also held Full-Service Fridays in Springfield, Ga.; Tifton, Ga.; Bluffton, S.C.; and Arden, N.C. Full-Service Fridays allowed customers to pull into the enmarket store, where members of the enmarket management team pumped gas, wiped windows and handed out coupons in hopes of collecting donations for LLS’ 2015 Light the Night event.
Recently, enmarket was honored with a National Partner Award from LLS for raising $70,000 last year through its fundraising efforts. This year, it set an aggressive goal to raise $83,706 and surpassed it.
Enmarket was also the recipient of The Gulfstream Community Involvement Award at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo and Awards Banquet in June. Enmarket was one of eight businesses honored. Awards were based on peer nominations and recognized community leaders and companies that represent hospitality, industry and small business.
Mondelēz International Inc.
Mondelēz International published its Call For Well-Being 2014 Progress Report, which details how the snacking company exceeded many key environmental goals and took significant steps toward meeting its remaining global well-being targets by 2020. Call For Well-being, launched in 2013, is focused on four areas that are critical to the well-being of the world and where Mondelēz can make the greatest impact: sustainability, mindful snacking, safety and community.
Progress noted in the report included:
- Exceeded goal to reduce manufacturing waste by 15 percent by 2015. Through 2014, there was a 57-percent reduction, four times the original goal.
- Achieved goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 15 percent in manufacturing, a year ahead of schedule.
- Eliminated 89 million pounds of packaging, nearly doubling the original target of 50 million pounds by the end of 2015.
- Met goal of having 100-percent of its palm oil be RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) two years ahead of commitment.
- On target to sustainably source key commodities. At the end of 2014, 12 percent of cocoa, 61 percent of coffee and 60 percent of its Western European biscuits were sustainably sourced.
- At end of 2014, incoming water usage decreased by 10 percent per tonne of product; manufacturing sites worldwide reduced energy per tonne by 7 percent.
- On target to deliver 25 percent of revenue from Better Choice products by 2020. In 2014, 22.4 percent of revenue was from Better Choice options, which meet a stricter set of nutrition criteria.
- On target to increase individually wrapped portion-control options 25 percent by 2020. Since 2012, Mindful Portion products grew by 16 percent.
- Making progress on nutrient targets. Since 2012, increased whole grains by 23 percent across the portfolio, and on target to achieve 25-percent increase in whole grains by 2020.
- On track to meet sodium reduction goal of 10 percent by 2020, having reduced sodium by 2 percent across global portfolio since 2012.
- At end of 2014, saturated fat declined across entire portfolio by 1 percent.
- Strengthened its marketing to children policy. Starting in 2016, it will no longer advertise products directly to children under the age of 12, irrespective of the product's nutritional profile.
- On target to achieve world-class safety performance. In 2014, achieved a 26-percent reduction in lost time injury frequency rate and a 24-percent reduction in total incident rate for all employees in manufacturing.
- On target to achieve Food System Safety Certification (FSSC 22000) for all internal manufacturing facilities by 2015. In 2014, 90 percent of manufacturing sites were certified.
- On target to meet goal to invest $50 million in healthy lifestyle community partnerships. In 2014, the company allocated more than $30 million to programs across 13 countries.
Royal Buying Group Inc.
Royal Buying Group (RBG) is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to feature the organization at its 15th annual Network Event and Charity Golf Outing, to be held Sept. 10 at Ruffle Feathers Golf Course in Lemont, Ill.
RBG has also created social media campaigns and will help gain participation in the St. Jude Walk/Run-a-thon on Sept. 19 in Chicago, as well as launching a 2015 Halloween promotion. From Sept. 29 to Nov. 3, businesses across the country like RBG will sell pinups for $1 or more to support St. Jude’s. During the monthlong promotion, customers who donate $1 or more will receive a Halloween-themed pinup that can be displayed at RBG locations across the country to show their support.
Stewart’s Shops and the Dake family donated $1 million to Albany Medical Center. The donation will be used to help finance the Grow Our Own training program, which enables hospital employees to train for careers in nursing.
A portion of the money will also be used to help finance a 325,000-square-foot patient pavilion with 20 operating rooms and 50 other rooms in the neonatal intensive care unit.
The donation comes one year after the hospital received a $1-million donation from the Phily and Charlie Dake Foundation, which helped create an endowed chair at Albany Medical College.
The Spinx Co.
Five South Carolina charities received $90,000 in donations from the proceeds of the 15th annual Spinx Charity Classic Golf Tournament, held May 5 at Greenville Country Club. More than 250 golfers participated.
Spinx Founder and Chairman Stewart Spinks, as well as members of the Spinx executive leadership team, presented checks to the American Red Cross-Upstate, American Red Cross-Low Country, Greenville Tech Foundation, Harvest Hope Food Bank and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas.
Since its inception in 2001, the Spinx Charity Classic tournament has donated nearly $1 million to local charities aligned with the Spinx corporate charitable mission: “Spinx & Kids! Mind, Body, Spirit. Growing healthy kids where we live, work and play!” Spinx partners with nonprofit organizations in South Carolina that focus on improving children's education, health, wellness and moral growth.