Hero - Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Our corporate philanthropy is focused on:

  • Education - Fostering learning through schools and universities related programs
  • Health and Human Services - Promoting the health and well-being of residents
  • Arts and Culture - Enhancing the quality of life through support for arts and cultural institutions
  • Civic - Supporting infrastructure initiatives and other community needs

Emerson contributed $35.7 million to charities and nonprofit organizations across the U.S. in fiscal 2015. 

Helping U.S. Communities Where We Operate

Through the Emerson Charitable Trust, we provide financial assistance and other support to local organizations in the United States that improve and enrich lives, promote volunteerism, sponsor education, and provide services to those in need. 

During fiscal year 2015, we contributed $35.7 million to charities and nonprofit organizations across the United States, including the company’s matching of employee contributions.

Supporting the St. Louis Community 

As part of our commitment to the St. Louis area where our company was founded more than 125 years ago and where our global headquarters is located, we announced an initiative in September 2014 to help bring renewal to the Ferguson community after a time of unrest, which included protests and riots.  The effort has since grown to a $11.8 million commitment to more than 30 programs focusing on early childhood education, youth jobs, scholarships for college, technical and trade careers, and business development grants and training.

In October 2015, we announced another major St. Louis initiative, a $5 million contribution over the next seven years to the Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum and Library and Research Center. This contribution is part of a multi-year effort by community leaders and Emerson to create a unique and meaningful platform to tell the important story of African Americans’ role in past and continued growth of St. Louis and the region. More than just looking to the past, the endowment is meant to provide a forum and format for ongoing community education and dialogue to drive greater understanding of the impact our diversity has on our future. 

Water Cellars for Mothers

Emerson sponsors the Water Cellars for Mothers project, which aims to help relieve the water shortage in poverty-stricken villages in China that have no direct access to clean running water. 

China Charitable Program

In China, Emerson fulfills its commitment to being a good corporate citizen through its China Charitable Program. Launched in 2009, this national initiative leverages our core capabilities of engineering and infrastructure development, as well as our interest in education, health and humanitarian relief to enhance the quality of life in Chinese communities.

Since 2009, we have been a corporate sponsor of the China Women’s Development Foundation’s Water Cellars for Mothers project which aims to help relieve the water shortage in poverty-stricken villages that have no direct access to clean running water. We have donated nearly $1 million to the Water Cellars for Mothers program and contributed many hours of volunteer work to help bring clean water to more than 5,000 villagers in seven different locations in the province. Over the years, our employees from Shenzhen, Shanghai, Suzhou, Shenyang, Xian, Tianjin, Beijing, Lanzhou, Kunming, Hong Kong, and Chengdu have volunteered their time to visit the region and help investigate water sources for these villages, monitored construction progress, and assessed effectiveness and impact of the program. These Emerson employees have also organized several donation events to benefit the villagers.

SOS Children's Village - India Charitable
SOS Children's Villages of India

Emerson is providing financial support for SOS Children's Villages of India to help disadvantaged youth. 

India Charitable Program

In 2015, Emerson in India developed and launched a corporate citizenship program called “Making a Difference” that consolidates funds from our business units operating in India. This initiative, in accordance with Indian regulations, seeks to make a difference in addressing the unmet needs of society, communities and people.

The primary focus of our India program is promoting continuity in education for disadvantaged youth. We are partnering with Agastya International Foundation, the nonprofit educational trust in India, to bring Agastya’s innovative science education approach to economically disadvantaged youth, ages 6-18, who are attending government schools in the cities of Pune and Pilani.​ Additionally, we have partnered with SOS Children’s Villages of India, a nongovernment organization (NGO) that provides long-term support to orphan and abandoned children to grow up in a nurturing environment. 

Employee Volunteerism

We encourage employees around the world to be involved in their communities, and many devote their time and energy to important causes and organizations.

Week of Giving

Employees celebrate Emerson's 125th anniversary by volunteering in St. Louis, MO. 

St. Louis Employees Give Back to the Community to Celebrate Emerson’s 125th

To commemorate Emerson’s 125-year anniversary, nearly 300 employees at the St. Louis, Mo. headquarters campus participated in a Week of Giving to help the local community by either contributing donations or performing volunteer activities. In coordination with United Way of Greater St. Louis, employees volunteered their time in various intervals throughout the week with non-profit organizations such as Salvation Army, the International Institute, Almost Home, and YWCA, among others. Teams of employees took on projects ranging from indoor home repair and landscaping to sorting donations of clothes and household goods. Employees also gave blood, and contributed donations of coats and items for kits for new mothers.

Best Prep

Emerson employees mentor local high school students to help increase academic motivation and improve business skills.

Preparing High School Students for Future Careers in Business

Since 2007, employees in Chanhassen, Minnesota have volunteered at Best Prep to provide mentorship to local high school students as part of a series of mentoring initiatives begun through involvement with Best Prep’s eMentors program. Over the years, Emerson’s employees have engaged in numerous activities with the students, such as conducting mock interviews, participating in career fairs, and sponsoring and mentoring Chaska High School’s team for the FIRST Robotics® Competition. Emerson Process Management’s Rosemount Youth Mentoring Team has grown into an active group of 100 Emerson employees and has mentored more than 500 students since 2007.

Homes of Hope

Emerson employees help build a home for a low-income family in Costa Rica. 

Building Homes of Hope

In Costa Rica, our management and employees established the Help Others and Promote Excellence (HOPE) program. Emerson HOPE focuses on three areas of action:  health, environment, and community service. A number of initiatives and activities are undertaken each year.

For example, in 2014, for the second consecutive year, Emerson employees in Costa Rica and a group of Emerson Process Management employees from Calgary, Canada who traveled to Costa Rica teamed up to raise money and help build a home for a low-income family in the town of Lomas del Rio, Pavas. The employees who participated in this initiative collectively gave 100 hours of their time to build the home and raised nearly $12,000. A similar project was undertaken in Costa Rica in 2015.

Encouraging young people to explore STEM careers

As a technology-focused organization, we value the need to nurture and encourage young people fascinated by the elements of science and management education. In 2015, we launched our social media campaign with YouTube star Hank Green to inspire and empower the next generation of engineers by connecting science to technological advances and modern conveniences.

Through our partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), we promote the advancement and recruitment of female engineering talent for our company. Additionally, we were ranked in the “Top 50 Employers” in Woman Engineer magazine among the top companies in the U.S. for which women engineers would most like to work or whom they believe would provide a positive working environment in 2015 and 2016.


Emerson has embraced and supported a wide range of STEM initiatives for many years in the communities where it operates. A multimillion dollar commitment to STEM and robotics programs through 2020 has supported or will expand activities within organizations and schools such as Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri; STEMpact; Harris-Stowe University; University of Missouri-St. Louis;  Girl Start in Austin, Texas; Air Camp in Dayton, Ohio; and Edina Public Schools, in Minnesota. 

Please enable JavaScript to use this website.