Kemin Industries Social Responsibility

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.

“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

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 welcome sponsorship, volunteer and charitable giving requests in these four areas. Click here to submit a donation request to our Charitable Contributions Committee.

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.

World Food Programme Corporate Partner

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.

Habitat for Humanity Corporate Partner

Kemin is committed to serving communities around the globe Since 2001, Kemin Des Moines-based team members have donated volunteer hours to help build homes for low income, deserving families through the Greater Des Moines 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.

Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Kemin partners with the Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Council to support and shape the direction of Iowa STEM education. As part of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council we are preparing students to become leaders in finding solutions for the global challenges our world faces.

In 2014, Kemin began the annual I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award to honor teachers who are inspiring Iowa’s students to develop a passion for STEM. These teachers are making a difference in the lives of students by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and helping students take STEM beyond the classroom and into the future.

Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin, recently served as the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council co-chair alongside Governor Kim Reynolds. 

Youth Emergency Shelter Services (YESS™)

In 1999, Herb Elliot, a now-retired Kemin employee, played the role of Santa Claus while visiting the Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS™) in Des Moines. Heartbroken after seeing children in the shelter without the joy of family or gifts at Christmas time, he was inspired to make a difference and organize a fundraiser among Kemin employees.

Since Elliot’s inspiration in 1999, the Kemin YESS Charity Auction has become an annual event, raising more than $590,000 in donations. The funds raised during the event go toward Christmas gifts for children living in the shelter and the remainder go toward YESS’s growing operational needs.

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, 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.

Kemin Hope Primary School

After an earthquake devastated Sichuan Province, China in 2008, Kemin team members around the globe donated money to help rebuild the area. Through employee donations and a Kemin corporate match, Kemin funded the rebuilding of a primary school in Qin Chang village, southwest of Chengdu.

Completed in 2009, Kemin Hope Primary School has modern facilities and learning environments that accommodate 300 students and ten teachers. Kemin continues to support the school by awarding scholarships to the highest achieving students each year.

For inquiries regarding sponsorships or community engagement opportunities, contact Worldwide Communications Manager Lauren M.G. Burt.

The Kemin Vision


At Kemin, change is a way of life, a core value of our company. That’s especially important today as the scale and pace of change throughout the world is accelerating exponentially.

Global population is estimated to reach 9 billion people by 2050. This expanded global population will consume 2/3 more animal protein than it does today, which is being driven by income growth around the world.

These changes, and many others, will mark incredible change in what you – our customers, partners, and stakeholders – need as we work together to help improve the daily lives of people around the globe.


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