Social Responsibility


Being Good Corporate Citizens

At Meredith, we take pride in supporting the communities in which we operate—and beyond. Our employees actively participate in those efforts and help us to cultivate a strong, ethical and responsible business culture.

Volunteerism and Charitable Giving

Rebuilding Together
Meredith Corporation and our employees partner with Rebuilding Together on projects that help preserve home ownership for low-income individuals and community non-profits across the country. More than 300 homes and more than 40 non-profits have been positively impacted by our work since this partnership began in 2002, including the neighborhood of Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, NY, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Mell Meredith, Chairman of the Meredith Corporation Foundation, serves on the national Rebuilding Together board.

United Way
​Meredith Corporation is a major contributor to United Way each year. Highlights include:

  • Over the last 15 years, we have increased our giving to United Way of Central Iowa from $250,000 to $775,000 in 2017
  • Chairman and CEO Steve Lacy chaired the community-wide United Way campaign in 2011, achieving record donations of approximately $25 million
  • In addition to giving, Meredith provides ancillary services to United Way, printing United Way marketing and campaign materials.
  • Meredith won the United Way’s Spirit of Central Iowa Award, its highest honor, in 2012
  • In 2013, we won its Advocacy Award for our Wellness Programs, and we won Give Awards in 2016 and 2017 for our employee campaign


Corporate Giving
​Meredith donates $1.7 million each year to non-profit organizations through the Meredith Corporation Foundation. An additional $1 million from Meredith’s company contribution budget and approximately $800,000 from the Edwin T. Meredith Foundation, comprise our annual corporate giving activity. Meredith’s matching gift program funds non-profit organizations based on employee financial contributions and volunteer hours. Meredith matches employee gifts up to $5,000 annually and each year, approximately $600,000 of our corporate foundation budget goes to charities supported by employees.



As a leading marketing communications company, consumers come to our brands for timeless advice about food, decorating, building, parenting, gardening, beauty, crafts, health and well-being and more. We realize that to take care of our homes and families, we must take care of the planet. Meredith has in place a number of sustainable business practices as well as a group of sustainability ambassadors whose goal is to recommend ongoing changes that will enable us to be an even more responsible member of the global community.


Health and Wellness

Meredith offers an extensive and award-winning wellness program to employees and spouses/domestic partners. With initiatives related to physical wellness, stress management and financial wellness, the program offers incentives of up to $1,000 in annual wellness reimbursements and enjoyed over 90% employee and spouse/domestic partner participation in 2017.