The company continues to enhance its commitment to supplier diversity. San Jose Water was also the recipient of four prestigious public outreach awards.
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Jose Water (“SJW” or “the Company”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SJW Group (NYSE: SJW), announced today that it donated nearly $225,000 to local non-profits, community organizations, and other philanthropic entities in 2019, a 34% increase over 2018. Monetary donations are funded by Company shareholders.
Supporting local organizations with financial contributions and employee volunteer time are the foundation of the company’s ongoing commitment to improving quality of life in the communities it serves.
Overall, 2019 was a banner year for SJW’s community outreach, with a 40% increase in participation as compared to 2018. This included being involved in such local events such as: Bark in the Park, Cupertino Diwali Festival, Water Awareness Night with the San Jose Giants, the Guadalupe River Run, Thanksgiving in January supporting Martha’s Kitchen, and Water Appreciation Night at San Jose State’s Homecoming football game. Employee volunteers do everything from preparing and serving meals, to building fences, and providing critical home repairs to needy communities. The company intends to continue its level of participation and support throughout 2020.
The Company has also furthered its commitment to employee volunteerism by expanding its Ambassador Program. This includes a group of nearly 40 employees committed to sharing the value of water service with the public. New outreach efforts in 2019 included public tours of the Montevina Water Treatment Plant along with community open houses to help increase engagement with the community.
“SJW has been a part of this community for over 154 years. We believe there can be no company without community and remain steadfast in our commitment to making a positive impact on the health and wellness in the communities where we live, work, and serve,” stated Andrew Gere, President and COO. “The great strides made in 2019 demonstrate this commitment along with our promise to deliver outstanding customer service and safe and reliable water service to the families and businesses that we serve.”
SJW is also committed to continuous improvement of its Supplier Diversity Program in which the Company strives to work with Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs) that reflect its community including Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) DBEs. Results include a 33% increase in the number of diverse suppliers utilized and a 10% increase in total money spend with those minority suppliers.
In 2019, SJW also initiated its Supplier Diversity Champions program. In the program, employees are encouraged to support the use of diverse suppliers in all areas of the company — from food vendors to construction companies.
Public Outreach Awards
SJW was honored to receive four MarCom community outreach awards for creative communications content produced in 2019. MarCom is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital, and web professionals. SJW received Gold Awards for its Kids Educational Activity Booklet and resiliency program infographic. Two Honorable Mentions were received for a video about the Montevina Water Treatment Plant, and for the Summer 2019 water bill insert.
About San Jose Water
Founded in 1866, San Jose Water is an investor owned public utility, and is one of the largest and most technically sophisticated urban water systems in the United States. Serving over one million people in the greater San Jose metropolitan area, San Jose Water also provides services to other utilities including operations and maintenance, billing, and backflow testing. San Jose Water is owned by SJW Group, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SJW. SJW Group also owns: Connecticut Water Company, Avon Water Company and Heritage Village Company in Connecticut; Maine Water Company in Maine; and SJWTX, Inc. (dba Canyon Lake Water Service Company) in Texas. To learn more about San Jose Water, visit: sjwater.com.
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Suzy Papazian, SJW Group
General Counsel and Vice President
Director of Corporate Communications