Social Responsibility at Kemin Industries
Kemin is dedicated to building a better future through our commitment to charitable giving, non-profit partnership and service activities in communities around the globe.
The absolute heart of our charitable ethics began with our founders, R.W. and Mary Nelson. Their strong sense of responsibility to the global community is honored and continued as Kemin grows and becomes increasingly involved with meaningful causes in the communities we serve.
At Kemin, we center our charitable giving and community outreach initiatives around four key areas:
- Science and general education
- Affordable housing
- Disaster relief
- Creating vibrant communities
“We have a responsibility to return to our community and the world a portion of what we earn from our endeavors.” – Mary Nelson, Co-Founder of Kemin Industries
Kemin Partnerships and Charitable Involvements
As a socially responsible company with community sponsorship opportunities, Kemin works closely with a variety of organizations, including, but not limited to the organizations listed below.
Corporate Partnership with World Food Programme
As a World Food Programme (WFP) corporate partner, we work to improve the quality and safety of the worldwide food supply chain. World Food Programme is one of the world's leading humanitarian agencies fighting hunger worldwide. The organization’s programs reach some 80 million people in 80 countries each year with food assistance in emergencies and programs that help communities improve nutrition and build resilience.
As one of World Food Programme’s first corporate partners, we’ve worked together for more than a decade to assist with complex and evolving food quality and safety strategy. We have provided critical assistance in developing and implementing a Food Safety Quality Management System and Quality Culture within the organization.
In 2017, we formally extended our partnership with World Food Programme and have agreed to donate additional services to help achieve Zero Hunger, including laboratory analysis in Belgium and expertise in quality management from the U.S.
As an initiative of World Food Day 2017, Kemin employees participated in the World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal campaign. The initiative encouraged employees to personally donate and help build awareness around Zero Hunger goals.
Corporate Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
After a devastating earthquake in Nepal that impacted a Kemin employee, team members around the globe donated money to support victims of the tragedy. Through employee donations and a Kemin corporate match, we sent $90,000 to assist Habitat for Humanity with relief efforts.
In 2016, Kemin sent 40 employees to the Kavrepalanchok District of Nepal to take part in the relief effort in direct partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Nepal.
The World Food Prize
Kemin has been an active partner with The World Food Prize since 1990. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Norman Borlaug and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. U.S., The World Food Prize honors outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Together, Kemin and The World Food Prize work to alleviate hunger around the world and draw attention and resources to the challenges facing food security worldwide.