Community & Employee Engagement

Community & Employee Engagement

Dell’s commitment to provide a diverse and engaging environment where employees can grow and contribute to our communities in multiple ways starts from listening and engaging in direct relationships. Our employees are the center of our success and our most valuable assets.

Dell employees commit their talents and energy to the One Dell: One Community campaign. Dell relies on the energy and competitive spirit of employees to drive campaign participation. One Dell: One Community maximizes the value of volunteer initiatives with three guiding principles:
  • Learn — make a connection that aligns with your passion
  • Engage — give time and talent through team-building activities
  • Commit — contribute directly to change

Learn: Make a Connection that Aligns with Your Passion

Dell provides employees with information about volunteer and financial giving opportunities in area communities. As part of this education, we hold on-campus Community Involvement Fairs to connect employees with local, nonprofit service organizations. In fiscal year 2008 thousands of employees visited with more than 300 different organizations around the globe.

Engage: Give Time and Talent through Team-Building Activities

Our employees support our communities throughout the year, and we encourage all employees to intensify efforts during Global Community Involvement Month. In fiscal year 2008 almost 30,000 employees (more than one-third of our worldwide workforce) volunteered in 26 different countries to address the needs and issues facing their communities.

These global volunteer campaigns flourish in part because of our business segment ambassadors. Ambassadors are appointed by segment vice presidents and form teams within their business units. The teams effectively rally employees, promote One Dell: One Community events, and report success metrics for the campaign.

Dell also facilitates on-going volunteerism with resources and tools that help identify volunteer opportunities and support participation. One such resource is Dell’s partnership with the nation’s premier online volunteer service, Volunteer Match. For more information about Volunteer Match, see www.volunteermatch.orgExternal link.

During fiscal year 2008 employees were catalysts for our mission. Collectively they:
  • donated more than 1 million meals to food banks across the U.S. and Canada
  • volunteered in communities, almost 30,000 employees strong
  • pledged close to $16 million in U.S. and Canada through Dell’s Direct Giving campaign — including both employee donations and the Dell Match — to 501(c)(3) organizations in the U.S. or eligible Canadian organizations listed with the Canadian Revenue Agency
  • raised more than $500,000 for Dell-sponsored walks and events, which included the following:
         —Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (www.komen.org) 
         —March of Dimes Walk America (now called March for Babies) (www.MarchforBabies.org) 
         —Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual walk (www.jdrf.org) 
         —SafePlace Walk (www.safeplace.org) 
Our two volunteer recognition programs, Volunteers of Distinction and Team-Building Matches, spotlight and reward the philanthropic efforts of employees.

Volunteers of Distinction

The Volunteers of Distinction program recognizes Dell employees who actively support their local communities. This program makes financial grants to the organizations where the winners volunteer. In fiscal year 2008 Dell honored more than 80 employees and 16 teams across the globe, donating more than $150,000 on their behalf to organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Panama, South Korea, Spain and the U.S.

Team-Building Matches

The Team-Building Match program accelerates the benefits of employee giving with financial matching. The program offers a financial match of $125 for U.S. Dell employee groups that participate in team-building volunteer activities. The contribution is paid directly to the organizations for which the employee groups volunteer.

Dell also designed and developed an internal online tool to track employee volunteer hours and support the Team-Building Match program.

Commit: Contribute Directly to Change

Part of Dell’s commitment to community involvement is financial giving. Dell employees in the U.S. and Canada who want to provide financial assistance to the nonprofit organization of their choice can do so through Dell’s Direct Giving program. In fiscal year 2009, for the first time, our campaign will be active all year. Dell covers all administrative costs of the program, allowing 100 percent of employee donations to go to the organization or cause of their choice.

In fiscal year 2008 Dell employees in the U.S. and Canada pledged more than $8.3 million (to be paid out in calendar year 2008) to assist organizations around the world. Dell matched employee donations, dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 per employee, resulting in more than $7.5 million in contributions from the company; the total community impact was close to $16 million.

One Dell One Community

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