As a global business, Gates recognizes the importance of helping to build, serve, empower and better the communities in which we live and work. We work together as an organization, and through a variety of local initiatives, to support community stewardship. With a focus on mental and emotional well-being, social support tools, and physical and financial wellness, we understand the importance of investing in the development of our workforce and recognize social impacts and employee well-being are critical to the success of our organization. Gates employs a number of employee resource groups to support this focus.
The Gates Industrial Corporation Foundation (the Gates Foundation) plays an important role in our philanthropy program and actively supports civic, community, arts, cultural, health and welfare initiatives, as well as education programs and scholarships. This year, the Gates Foundation matched U.S. employee donations dollar-for-dollar, with donations spanning more than 150 different non-profit organizations, impacting a variety of important causes about which our employees are passionate. In addition to the employee matching donations, another 12 charitable organizations received money in the way of grants and 6 dependent children of Gates employees were awarded college scholarships via the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Gates remains dedicated to enhancing our employees’ health and overall safety by striving for zero injuries and an incident-free workplace. We continue to decrease recordable injuries across our global operations. This improvement has been the result of targeted risk reduction activities, improved case management, increased accountability to corrective action identification and closure, the sharing of best practices and more effective safety observation programs.
Gates actively engaged employees, and the local community, in conversation and activism through its participation and sponsorship of Denver Pride activities. A participant and significant sponsor of the 2019 Denver Pride 5K, the Gates D&I team raised more money than any other corporate team for race organizer, The Center on Colfax, an organization that ensures every member of the LGBTQ+ community has access to vital programs and resources. Gates also provided a Gates Carbon Drive bicycle to the race winner. The company also celebrated Pride Month with a number of internal events.
Gates implemented a corporate policy encouraging the voluntary identification of pronouns in email correspondence signature blocks for employees globally. Although a small gesture, the use of pronouns enables greater freedom of expression and selfidentification for all.