Social Responsibility is a Way of Life

Social responsibility is a way of life at Glatfelter.

Sounds good, right? But what does that statement mean? How does a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered products “foster a culture of community support” or “improve the quality of life for families and communities” as stated at Glatfelter.com?

The answer may depend on the way one looks at it.

Through philanthropy, financial contributions, and in-kind donations, Glatfelter impacts many communities—and many countries—in positive ways. From a 30,000-foot view, Glatfelter’s unwavering dedication to social responsibility could be seen through statistics such as

  • In 2014, Glatfelter’s corporate offices provided charitable contributions just over $320,000 to more than 100 organizations.

Taking a closer look, one might see how Glatfelter PEOPLE are encouraged to serve on nonprofit boards and in community organizations or how, through personal philanthropy and volunteerism, Glatfelter PEOPLE are engaged in making a difference:

  • After the strongest typhoon in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, struck the Philippines in November 2013, Glatfelter PEOPLE came together to rebuild the Palanog Elementary School in neighboring Tacloban, Philippines—a school which serves 800 students. Ten of the most damaged buildings were rebuilt with Glatfelter PEOPLE donations, matched dollar-for-dollar by Glatfelter.
  • Wrapping up its 2014 United Way campaign, Glatfelter PEOPLE in Pennsylvania pledged more than $140,000 in support of the United Way and its 35 community partner agencies, including the American Red Cross (York-Adams Chapter), the York County Literacy Council, and Leg Up Farm.
  • Paper Girls Wear Pink,” a team made up of women from Glatfelter Ohio Operations, has raised nearly $40,000 in four years for Avon’s Walk for a Cure for Breast Cancer.

Looking even closer at Glatfelter’s commitment to social responsibility, one may see the impact of Glatfelter’s contribution York, Pa., residents Dan and Kathy Stasko, who lost their son, Ryan, age 23, to brain cancer in 2005.

“I always thought sons looked up to fathers, but the roles were reversed in this case. He [Ryan] was basically my hero,” says Dan Stasko to The York Dispatch.

The Staskos recently sent a handwritten note to Glatfelter expressing their gratitude for Glatfelter’s annual donation to the York Cancer Center in their late son’s name . . .

Improving the quality of life for families and communities.

Fostering a community of social support, and charitable giving.

Social responsibility is a way of life at Glatfelter.