Greif is committed to building a better tomorrow for our communities. In accordance with The Greif Way, we strive to create a culture that supports the common good through our financial and human resources. We integrated creating thriving communities into our Build to Last strategy because we firmly believe we have a social obligation to support, care and reach beyond our colleagues and into the lives of their families and the communities where we live and work.

Corporate giving is administered through three primary sources: the Greif Foundation, direct Community Giving and the Colleague Matching Gift program. We focus our giving across three areas: Education, Health and Social Services. Our community giving is administered by a Contributions Committee, composed of Greif colleagues from across our business who are responsible for reviewing and ensuring that all contributions are made in alignment with our Corporate Philanthropy Policy. In 2023, our Contributions Committee will expand to increase diversity.

We engage our local communities through the following:

  • Direct Community Giving
  • Colleague Matching Gift Program
  • Colleagues Helping Colleagues
  • Colleague Engagement Days

Direct Community Giving

Direct community giving is intended to support local causes that improve the quality of life in communities where the company operates. In 2022, we contributed $2 million to support 68 charitable local, national and international initiatives.

American Red Cross:
Local to our global headquarters, we donated two community emergency vehicles to the Central Ohio Red Cross. These vehicles directly impact our local community by transporting life-saving blood.
People in Need:
To improve access to healthy, local food, we contributed toward purchasing a new mobile farmers market van for People in Need, a local non-profit in Delaware, Ohio.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio:
Ronald McDonald House is an organization that relieves the burden of lodging costs for families traveling far from home to receive medical care for their children by providing them with a place to stay. Greif made a multi-year commitment to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio capital campaign to double the size of their campus, increasing their capacity to help more families in need.
American Cancer Society:
In 2022, we partnered with the American Cancer Society to support their Global HPV Cancer Free project, expanding cancer prevention efforts across 75 villages in the Gurugram District of Northern India.
United Way:
All U.S. colleagues are empowered to support the United Way locations of their choice by opting into automatic deductions each pay period or as a one-time gift.
Greif Champion Program:
Each quarter, peers and managers nominate their fellow colleagues to be recognized as global champions. The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) selects the global champions from the list of nominees, and Greif donates $1,000 on behalf of each champion to the organization of their choice.

Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief:

In 2022, the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatened the safety and security of countless innocent families. To provide humanitarian aid, Greif contributed $250,000 to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Colleague Matching Gift Program

Our Colleague Matching Gift program allows colleagues to support nonprofit organizations of their choosing and encourages them to make individual, positive contributions to their local communities. The program was expanded globally in 2021. For special causes, such as the Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief fund, we doubled our colleagues’ matching contributions.

Colleagues Helping Colleagues

The Greif Colleagues Helping Colleagues Fund was created to help colleagues facing financial hardship immediately after a natural disaster or unforeseen personal hardship. The Fund relies primarily on individual donations from colleagues, with additional funding support from Greif. Contributions are combined to provide colleagues in need with a tax-free (USA) grant. In 2022, nearly 200 colleagues from Vietnam could not work due to COVID-19-related shutdowns. We were able to help all who applied through the Colleagues Helping Colleagues Fund.

Colleague Engagement Days

Greif recognizes the importance of local community engagement. Colleague Engagement Days provide additional opportunities for colleagues to engage in their communities. Some of the provided opportunities for engagement in 2022 include the following.
Wear Red Day:
On February 4th, 2022, our colleagues participated in Wear Red Day to increase awareness of women’s heart disease and stroke risks, raising over $11,000.
Greif Goes Pink:
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Greif colleagues wore Pink on October 5th. Greif donated $25 to the American Cancer Society for each participant who wore pink. In 2022, Greif raised more than $42,000, far exceeding our 2021 donation of $26,000.

World Cleanup Day:

On September 17th, Greif colleagues volunteered their time and effort as part of World Cleanup Day. In 2022, teams from our Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and North Carolina facilities showed their commitment to Protecting Our Future by participating in cleanups in their local communities. Greif donated $500 on behalf of each team to the non-profit organization of their choice.


2022 Charitable Contributions Breakdown

Three Focus Areas

Does your organization align with our three areas of giving?

We encourage you to review our focus areas as you consider applying for a grant. If your organization’s mission aligns with our funding priorities, we would be happy to review your request.