Our neighbors depend on us, just as we depend on them. We will strive to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we work. This goes beyond providing jobs and paying taxes. It also means giving to those in need, not only by sharing our financial resources, but also by sharing our time and talent.

Southwire focuses on creating shared value—enhancing our competitiveness while enhancing the economic and social conditions in the communities where we operate. Through Giving Back opportunities, Southwire seeks to positively affect the communities where we operate; to give time and talent above and beyond financial contributions; and to benefit our customers’ communities where we can. As community partners, we aim to better the quality of life in the communities where we operate. In doing so, we also build goodwill.


In 2016, Southwire developed five new goals to further improve our sustainability performance. Our Giving Back goal and 2021 target are:


Enable and engage our workforce in building more sustainable communities.
  • Launch environmental outreach programs in 100% of the communities in which we operate.

Today, limited community involvement exists in the areas of environmental stewardship and awareness. A signature program, with supporting strategy and timeline, will be developed to accomplish the following: engage employees at work and within the community; target areas of community impact; and integrate environmental stewardship into our interactions with the community.

We will begin reporting our progress toward our 2021 goals in our 2017 Sustainability Report.

Current Programs

12 for Life®

This award-winning cooperative education program for at-risk students combines traditional classroom instruction with jobs inside our manufacturing plant. By providing students with classroom teaching, on-the-job training, key work/life skills, mentoring and employment opportunities, Southwire helps participants stay in school, graduate and become successful, productive members of the workforce and society. Learn more on our Communities page.

Project GIFT® (Giving Inspiration for Tomorrow)

Southwire’s employee volunteer program, Project GIFT, celebrated its 11th anniversary in October 2016. This program, a registered 501(c)(3), serves as the umbrella program for many of Southwire’s charitable- and service-related initiatives, such as Toys for Tots and Back to School.

Southwire has 26 Giving Back coordinators who volunteer to lead and organize events across our locations in addition to their full-time role. These passionate coordinators make it possible for Southwire employees to engage in Project GIFT.

Employees become “Blackshirts”—named for the coveted shirts they earn—by volunteering in two or more community service events per year. Southwire aims to increase volunteerism in the communities where we operate by achieving 50 percent improvement in Project GIFT Blackshirt participation across Southwire by year-end 2018. To that end, in 2016 Southwire launched the Project GIFT app to connect our volunteers and engage others to get involved in our efforts of improving our communities. As a result, 878 Project GIFT Blackshirts volunteered 10,139 hours across our communities, exceeding our goal well in advance of our projected target.

Toys for Tots

Through the program, we collected approximately 5,000 toys through events in our West Georgia and East Alabama communities.

Back to School

We maintained our goal of hosting Back to School events in our communities, with all 26 Southwire communities participating. Together, we distributed more than 23,000 bags of school supplies. Additionally, some locations provided free eye and allergy screenings and haircuts

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Project GIFT® Blackshirt Volunteers


Southwire Locations Completing Back-to-School Events

Read more about Southwire’s Giving Back programs here.

2016 Sustainability Scorecard

Our progress toward our existing Giving Back goals is listed below.

Goals 2016 Baseline
Advance and improve educational opportunities and outcomes by working with educational institutions to achieve the following:

  • Increase graduation rates among “at risk” teenagers though 12 for Life® by graduating 2020 students from the program by YE 2020.
  • Expand Southwire Engineering Academy to other regional locations in North America by YE 2020.
  • Graduate first cohort from Southwire Sustainable Business Honors MBA program by YE 2017.
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Increase volunteerism with the communities in which we operate by achieving 50% improvement in Project GIFT® Blackshirt participation across Southwire by year-end 2018. 878 Blackshirts (95% improvement) 451 Blackshirts
Ensure Southwire engages proper mix of charitable donations, community investments and commercial initiatives through annual benchmarking of existing practices. CECP Survey Complete CECP Benchmark
Complete Back-to-School events at each Southwire manufacturing location by year-end 2016. 24/24 locations (100%) 14/25 locations (56%)