2021 saw our philanthropic focus broadening from the humanitarian crisis response triggered by the onset of the global pandemic to include a more proactive, strategic philanthropic program.
We thoughtfully aligned our giving and community support to strategically advance our purpose and impact. Among our main interests: empowering makers, advancing racial and gender equity and engaging our employees as advocates and ambassadors.
Our strategic philanthropy team partners with our DE&I team to identify and activate nonprofit engagements to drive change, with a focus on inclusion and racial equity. Our people continue to work as catalysts for needed change with community organizations doing a world of good.
To amplify the generosity of our people, the company matches dollar for dollar up to $20,000 of individual employee donations.
Making a Profound Impact
to 22 students at five target HBCUs through the Stanley Black & Decker Leadership Scholarship
retail value of tools set aside for donation to makerspaces, schools and disaster recovery efforts
in grants over five years through the Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge
Upskilling Tomorrow’s Makers
In 2021, we announced a commitment to fund nonprofit initiatives to bring skills and upskilling to makers in communities of need. Through this program, we are committing up to $25 million over a five-year period to fund the vocational and trade skilling and reskilling initiatives of select nonprofits and U.S. public schools. By focusing on displaced workers, the underserved and underrepresented, women, veterans and people of color, we see opportunities to bolster economic prospects and career pipelines.
Collaborating for Community Impact
Our strategic philanthropy team partners with our DE&I team to identify and activate nonprofit engagements to drive change, with a focus on inclusion and racial equity. Working with employee resource groups (ERGs) helps to ensure we are engaging with organizations that matter most to our employees. This has led to scholarships at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and focused initiatives with groups such as Out & Equal, Autism Speaks and A Better Chance.
Around the world, we’ve partnered with international and country-specific Red Cross organizations to assist with local needs – streamlining our disaster response strategy for a more rapid and efficient response to disasters. We also expanded our relationship with ToolBank USA to assist with recovery from catastrophic events such as the tornadoes in Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee, providing DeWALT and STANLEY tools at no cost to organizations and volunteers assisting with rebuilding efforts.
STEAM Education for Girls
We have worked with greenlight for girls and Girls for Technology to close the technology and engineering gender gap, encouraging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education and making learning fun and our new partnership with Girl Scouts USA will further extend these efforts.
Stanley Black & Decker also supports the United Nations’ #EqualEverywhere program as an active participant, raising awareness of the need to address gender parity around the world and make strides in supporting women and girls in STEAM careers.
Recently, in celebration of the International Girls Day, several of our ERGs (African Ancestry, Working Parents & Caregivers and Women’s Network) partnered with MetroKids Africa to support Engaging Minds in Uganda (EMU). EMU is a STEAM development initiative based at Grace Learning Center in Uganda focused on teacher training to enhance the education of 10- to 12-year-olds throughout the country.