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PLANO, Tx. — Dr Pepper Snapple Group has been named a member of the Civic 50, an initiative that identifies and recognizes community-focused companies.
“We are proud to be a part of the Civic 50 for the second year in a row,” Vicki Draughn, VP corporate affairs for DPS, said. “It’s a reflection of our commitment to drive positive change in communities and a testament to our employees’ engagement in making a difference in their hometowns.”
One way DPS is making a difference in local communities is through its ACTION National philanthropy program, which targets four areas: fit and active lifestyles, environmental initiatives, emergency relief and hometown giving.
Some highlights from DPS’s many initiatives and partnerships include:
- Let’s Play, a community partnership led by DPS to get kids and families active. The first Let’s Play initiative was a three-year, $15 million commitment to nonprofit partner KaBOOM! to construct or repair 2,000 playgrounds across the country, benefiting five million children. The commitment will be fulfilled this month;
- United Way – DPS has partnered with United Way since 2008 and has raised close to $8.5 million, including almost $2.2 million this year alone. The company also contributed thousands of volunteer hours to local United Way chapters;
- Keep America Beautiful – DPS donated $300,000 this year to fund placement of recycling binds in public state, regional and city parks; and
- American Red Cross – DPS continues to support relief efforts of the American Red Cross and the Annual Disaster Giving Program through a $1 million, four-year commitment.
DPS was evaluated on several key elements, such as leadership, design, employee civic health, community partnerships and transparency. To learn more about the Civic 50 survey, visit Civic50.org.