From providing a safe and engaging work environment where all team members can thrive, to strengthening all of the communities which the company calls home and supporting organizations that make the world a better place, creating a positive impact in the lives of people is the most substantial outcome of Parker’s social responsibility initiatives.
Parker’s 2017 Sustainability Report features examples selected from hundreds of submissions that demonstrate initiatives driven by Parker team members, aimed at improving their workplaces and supporting local communities.
Football gives strength
Sales Company Sweden - Borås, Sweden
Futebol dá força (FDF) is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen girls’ rights and opportunities through football, empowering more than 10,000 members worldwide to be leaders on the field and in their communities. This year, Parker Sales Company Sweden sponsored a once-in-a-lifetime trip for girls from the FDF programs in Mozambique and Zambia to compete in the Gothia Cup, a youth football tournament in Sweden. Organized by FDF volunteers, the trip also provided the girls an opportunity to visit a dentist, which they are unable to do at home, to experience the cultures of girls from other countries, and to participate in educational workshops on important topics such as personal health and well-being.
At Parker, safety is a requirement. Achieving zero accidents is not an aspiration, but a specific target towards which Parker continues to make progress each year. Since 2014, Parker has achieved a 54% reduction in the Recordable Incident Rate. In fiscal year 2017, through the commitment and diligence of all Parker team members, the company achieved a 22% reduction in workplace accidents and 231 Parker facilities were accident-free.
The magic of talking books
Sales Company Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey
While reading a book is a great way to learn, or to spark the imagination with a brief escape to a whole new world, it is an activity that individuals with visual disabilities struggle to enjoy. Parker Sales Company Turkey gathered 62 volunteers, including team members, distributors, customers and suppliers to record audio books for the Parker Audio Book Library at GETEM, the Assistive Technology and Education Library. This nonprofit organization based in Istanbul provides free online digital library services for more than 400,000 people, and works to raise awareness about the needs of individuals with visual disabilities. Team members plan to expand the audiobook recording program to other Parker locations across multiple languages.
“My name is care”
Latin America Group
Parker Latin America Group’s new “My Name is Care” campaign reinforces the fact that safety is the most important responsibility that all team members share. High-Performance Teams and regional leaders are engaged in building a culture where team members care for one another, and every individual takes an active role in recognizing and correcting unsafe behavior. This year, four of six Latin American divisions went accident free, and 2,582 safety observation reports were submitted. This remarkable safety performance reflects the hard work and dedication of Latin America Group team members, and demonstrates to all of Parker that zero accidents is possible.
Disaster relief program
Parker’s Disaster Relief Program is designed to rapidly distribute funds to team members and their families who have been impacted by a disaster, providing critical support in times of need following a catastrophic event. This year Parker team members raised $130,000 to support communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California impacted by wildfires, flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Honoring armed forces heroes
Tube Fittings Division - Columbus, OH, USA
The division’s Community Involvement Team organized a friendly fundraising competition between departments, each representing a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. In partnership with Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization, the money raised was used to distribute 3,443 care packages filled with entertainment, hygiene items, non-perishable snacks and personal letters of appreciation to active service members around the world. As part of the division’s “Highlight Your Heroes” program, team members also shared stories of their remarkable family members and friends who have served the United States.