Giving Back To Gro
Just as we are a leader in the lawn and garden industry, we strive to be leaders in the communities where we live and work. This culture stems from Horace Hagedorn, the founder of Miracle-Gro, and his conviction that, “You can’t keep taking away from the earth. You must give something back.”
Our company supports numerous community-based initiatives across North America, and our associates directly engage in community projects and with organizations working to improve their neighborhoods.
In addition to the philanthropic programs supported by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, we partner with local community and civic-based organizations in the areas where we do business. Whether it is a monetary or product contribution, associate time and energy, or simply lending our scientific and marketing expertise to a project, we continually seek out ways to have a positive impact in the lives of our neighbors.
The Give Back To Gro Associate Community Service Program provides eligible associates two paid days off a year to volunteer their time with local non-profit organizations. The program encourages associates to engage in their local communities and to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the company.
The Associate Volunteer Council, comprised of associate volunteers across the company who have a strong passion for community service, coordinate meaningful volunteer experiences for fellow associates each year.
For many years, our company has emphasized personal health initiatives for our associates as part of our Live Total Health culture. In 2005, our decision to move towards a tobacco-free workforce was controversial. Today, it is commonplace. Through our support of cessation programs, tobacco use among our associates has decreased from 28% to only 6% of our associates, which has undoubtedly improved the health and extended the life of our associates. We continue to support initiatives that can help our associates improve their health and raise funds for medical research and treatment at the same time.
The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk raises awareness and funding for heart disease research and prevention, while enabling thousands of participants an opportunity to participate in a heart-healthy walk. For the past six years, we have received AHA’s Fit Friendly Platinum-Status for our focus on associate wellness, and we been the No. 1 fundraising company for the past three years in support of the Central Ohio Heart Walk.
Pelotonia is an annual bicycle riding event dedicated to raising cancer research funding for The James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University. Pelotonia enables participants to improve their health through the event itself (choice of 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile routes) and the associated training for the event. While our company has directly supported the event, perhaps more importantly, we offer a dollar-for-dollar fundraising match to our associates who choose to ride. This has lowered the fundraising threshold for our associates to participate, growing our “Peloton” to over 100 associates annually. To date, we’ve donated nearly 2 million dollars collectively to support Pelotonia and its goal to end cancer.