Corporate Citizenship

About Purdue

Corporate Citizenship

A commitment to corporate citizenship, civic involvement, and the environment are among Purdue’s core values. Purdue supports non‑profit organizations that improve quality of life at a national level and in our own communities. We provide financial and in-kind service support in the following areas:

  • Improving medical care and promoting health
  • Enhancing education
  • Community and economic development
  • Supporting culture and the arts
  • Protecting the environment
  • Disaster relief

The company’s employees also volunteer their time to make their communities better places to live.

Helping the Community

Improving Medical Care and Promoting Health

Improving Medical Care and Promoting Health

We support local healthcare initiatives in the communities where our colleagues live and work. In Fairfield County, Connecticut, we are sponsoring the Patient Resource Room at the American Cancer Society’s Regional Cancer Center, AmeriCares’ free mobile clinic, Senior Services of Stamford’s medical transportation program and The Human Services Council’s Children’s Connection, one of seven fully accredited child advocacy centers in Connecticut. Purdue is also committed to fighting the abuse of prescription medications, a serious public health problem affecting all pharmaceutical companies. We fund educational programs to help medical professionals recognize and reduce medication abuse. We work with law enforcement, government agencies, and national and local anti-drug abuse coalitions to support awareness, education, and prevention in communities across the country. Purdue is working with the Partnership™ for Drug-Free Kids to provide education and tools to parents so they can detect when their child is abusing drugs and take appropriate action.

Improving Medical Care and Promoting Health

AmeriCares' Free Mobile Clinic brings free services to low income and underinsured Stamford residents.

Enhancing Education

Enhancing Education

Purdue supports educational institutions and programs in communities where it has operations.

The Ferguson Library, Stamford Achieves, Childcare Learning Centers and The Stamford Boys & Girls Club receive direct and in-kind funding from Purdue. We support after school programming through The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford and Inspirica, one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut. In Wilson, North Carolina, the site of Purdue’s primary manufacturing facility, the company supports a variety of organizations and programs. A grant to East Carolina University, for example, enabled the purchase of new equipment for the university’s chemistry laboratories.

Enhancing Education

Purdue hosts many community events including orientation for Beyond Limits Scholars Program (BLSP), a collaboration between Stamford Achieves and The Stamford Public Schools.

Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development

In Stamford, Connecticut—home of Purdue’s headquarters—and the surrounding areas of Fairfield County, we provide financial support to many of the non‑profit and business organizations that do so much to enhance the area’s economic development.

Among these organizations are the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of Fairfield County, Stamford Partnership, Stamford Downtown Special Services District, and United Way, to name a few. Purdue colleagues serve on many of these organizations’ Boards and Advisory Committees.

Another example, The Connecticut Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), helps women achieve economic self-reliance by teaching them how to start and grow their own businesses, creating jobs and community vitality. Purdue partners with the WBDC to provide financial support and a volunteer member for the Board Committee.

In communities outside Stamford in which Purdue has operations—such as Wilson, North Carolina, where our primary U.S manufacturing facility is located—the company and its employees support the United Way and other local non‑profit organizations.

Community & Economic Development

Aspiring entrepreneurs learn business skills in a workshop offered by the Connecticut Women's Business Development Council.

Supporting Culture & the Arts

Supporting Culture & the Arts

Access to cultural and artistic events is important to the vitality of any community.

The company’s support for Stamford Palace Theatre, Connecticut Ballet and Stamford Symphony has been critical during challenging economic times.

 

Supporting Culture & the Arts

The Palace Theatre is home to a wide variety of theatrical and musical productions each season.

Protecting the Environment

Protecting the Environment

A healthy, clean environment is vital to our existence.

We are long-standing supporters of SoundWaters, a Stamford, Connecticut–based organization that seeks to preserve and protect Long Island Sound and its surroundings by educating residents about changes they can make in their own lives and communities.

Among our other environmental initiatives, Purdue supports The Mill River Park, The Stamford Museum and Nature Center and The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut. This regional treasure serves communities throughout New York and New England by providing exhibits of marine life and interactive programs on marine science and environmental education.

Protecting the Environment

Students learn to appreciate the wonders of Long Island Sound and its inhabitants aboard the SoundWaters schooner.

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

Purdue donates medicines and medical supplies to humanitarian organizations that help disaster victims and the poor around the world.

For example, Purdue has also been providing medicines, medical supplies, and financial support to AmeriCares since its founding in 1983. In the past 25 years, we have provided the organization with more than $115 million in cash and medical products. One of the programs we support is AmeriCares’ “emergency pharmacy,” a stock of medical supplies that is ready to ship at a moment’s notice when disaster strikes.

Disaster Relief

Physicians working at Children International's medical clinics in the slums and barrios of Chile and Honduras are using Betadine to treat more than 40,000 children under their care.

Employee Volunteers in the Community

Employee Volunteers in the Community

Mirroring the company’s commitment to philanthropy and community service, the people of Purdue are quick to volunteer their own efforts.

Colleagues at all levels of the company take time from their busy schedules to volunteer for a wide variety of non‑profit organizations. In Stamford, Connecticut, our home headquarters, these include the Stamford Partnership, SoundWaters, Stamford Achieves, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, the Downtown Special Services District, The Stamford Public Education Foundation, and The Stamford Palace Theatre.

In Fairfield County, Connecticut, Purdue has been a flagship sponsor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for 15 consecutive years, and a large team of employees turns out each year to take part. Purdue colleagues are also mentors in the Stamford Public Schools and are team captains for The United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

Employee Volunteers in the Community

Purdue runners participate in the 2015 Corporate 5K Race to Benefit The Stamford Boys and Girls Club.

Team Purdue

Team Purdue in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2009.

Team Purdue

Helping the Environment

We are sensitive to environmental issues and take seriously our responsibility to preserve the environment by implementing practices that conserve energy, water, and fuel, and reduce industrial waste.

Energy Conservation

  • Renovation of Purdue’s 500,000-square-foot corporate headquarters resulted in reduction of annual electric consumption by 44%, saving 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year—enough to power approximately 1,300 homes each year
  • In our Wilson, North Carolina, manufacturing plant, we recover water used in the manufacturing process for use in cooling towers and landscape irrigation systems
  • In our Cranbury, New Jersey, Discovery Research Laboratory, we have implemented operational efficiencies and reduced laboratory airflow

Transportation

  • One-quarter of our corporate headquarters population travels to work by train. The company has been an active Board member of MetroPool Inc. for the past 15 years
  • Our Corporate Fleet offers vehicles that achieve better gas mileage

Waste and Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • All laboratory and manufacturing processes are engineered and inventories managed at a level consistent with producing the minimum amount of hazardous waste, which is disposed of through environmentally responsible methods
  • Purdue recycles paper, bottles/cans, waste oil, and electronics
  • Our Information Technology group works with Converge’s IT Asset Disposition group to ensure that zero computer-generated waste finds its way to domestic landfills or unethical third-party exporters