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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.

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Corporate Giving
Meredith donates approximately $1.7 million each year to nonprofit organizations through the Meredith Corporation Foundation. Additionally, Meredith has a corporate contribution budget that donates more than $1 million annually, and the Edwin T. Meredith Foundation donates approximately $900,000 annually, bringing total contributions to nearly $3.6 million annually.

​Meredith’s matching gift program funds nonprofit organizations, based on both employee financial contributions and volunteer hours. Meredith matches each employee’s gifts up to $5,000 per fiscal year. This includes an innovative volunteer hours match, under which Meredith contributes funds based on hours employees volunteer with qualifying charities. Annually, approximately $600,000 of the Foundation’s budget goes to employee-supported charities.

 

United Way
​Meredith Corporation is a major contributor to United Way.

  • Meredith has increased its giving to United Way of Central Iowa from $250,000 in 2002 to $818,000 in 2019.
  • In 2011, then Chairman and CEO Steve Lacy chaired the community-wide United Way campaign, achieving, at that time, record donations of approximately $25 million.
  • In addition to giving, Meredith prints United Way marketing and campaign materials.
  • Meredith won the United Way’s Spirit of Central Iowa award, the organization’s highest honor, in 2012. In 2013, Meredith won the organization’s ADVOCATE Award for its wellness program. In 2015 and 2016, it received the GIVE Award, which honors a campaign that demonstrated excellence, creativity and generosity.

 

Rebuilding Together
​Meredith and its employees partner with Rebuilding Together to complete projects across the country to help preserve homeownership for the elderly, veterans and low-income citizens. Since its partnership began in 2002, Meredith’s work has impacted more than 280 homes and 40 nonprofits, including the neighborhood of Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y., which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. In 2019, Meredith celebrated its 18-year anniversary with large projects in Des Moines and Chicago. These projects included restoring homes, rejuvenating local schools and parks, and lending a hand to nonprofits with painting and landscaping.

 

Environmental Sustainability

Mission Statement
Meredith Corporation has taken a proactive approach to environmental sustainability because such action ultimately benefits our shareholders, our clients, and our employees. This approach also demonstrates that companies can be responsible environmental stewards while simultaneously increasing business efficiency, and ultimately shareholder value.

 

Sustainability Highlights​
  • Meredith uses the EPAT – Environmental Paper Assessment Tool – to track the environmental performance of its paper suppliers and identify potential areas for improvements. 
  • Meredith’s Des Moines headquarters recycles more office materials, such as cardboard, paper, and plastics, than it send to landfills.
  • Following the acquisition of Time Inc. and virtually doubling the size of the company, Meredith completed a new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory to create a new baseline year (Fiscal 2019) and ensure its ability to track necessary data in all controlled locations per GHG Protocol guidelines.
  • The Locust North building at Meredith’s Des Moines headquarters was the first existing building in Iowa to be LEED certified. The office building Meredith occupies in New York is in the process of applying for LEED Gold certification, and Meredith’s office in Chicago has set a goal of becoming LEED certified in calendar year 2020.