Mattel is and always has been a company that is committed to making a meaningful difference in the communities in which it operates, particularly in thelives of the children in those communities. Whether we are volunteering at a local school or hospital, helping a child in need, or supporting partner organizations that share our commitment, giving back to communities where we work, live and play is integral to the Mattel culture.
Mattel would not be able to fulfill this commitment without its employees. From creating a doll to help bring hope and comfort to girls battling serious illnesses, to helping partners like Special Olympics deliver smiles to the faces of children with intellectual disabilities, Mattel employees are passionate about helping to make the world a better place. Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation run a variety of programs to support the local community including Toy Donations, Community and International Grants and Volunteerism. To learn more about our most recent efforts, visit our philanthropy site.
Community Change Agents
Mattel not only encourages employees to volunteer in their communities, but the company also provides them with paid time-off to volunteer in schools and with non-profit charitable organizations.*
* This benefit varies across the globe and by type of employee.
Partnering for the Planet: Addressing the Global Water Crisis
For World Water Day in 2016 the Mattel Children’s Foundation provided a matching grant of $15,000 to The Adventure Project, a charitable organization dedicated to creating jobs for people living in extreme poverty in developing countries. One such project involves Diana, a woman from rural Uganda, who as a child saw first-hand the effects of limited access to clean drinking water. Water-related diseases are a leading cause of child mortality globally and women and children across Asia and Africa walk on average 3.7 miles a day just to collect water. Inspired by this, Diana made up her mind to become an engineer and when she did, she returned to her community to address the water crisis. Diana started a well mechanics training program, teaching individuals in the community to repair and maintain wells for fresh drinking water.
Funds provided to the Adventure Project will continue to support Diana’s dream of improving access to clean drinking water by training mechanics and rebuilding wells, in addition to other local non-profits dedicated to facilitating sustainable economic growth. The Mattel grant will provide 2 fresh water tap stands and provide 351 individuals fresh drinking water. This year alone, these taps will provide over 500,000 gallons of fresh drinking water in two communities. Over a life span of 20 years, the amount of fresh water produced will reach nearly 11 million gallons.