United Way Worldwide (UWW) announced on June 6 that Perdue Farms is a new partner in its Global Corporate Leadership (GCL) Program.

“United Way Worldwide is honored to partner with Perdue Farms,” said Brian Gallagher, UWW President and CEO. “We share a dedication to building strong communities, places in which everyone can thrive. Perdue Farms associates are already doing so much to make their communities a better place. But together, we can do more to improve education, financial stability and health in the communities where Perdue Farms associates live and work.”

UWW and Perdue Farms also signed a Memo of Understanding, part of a long-term strategic approach to explore ways to drive community impact and bolster employee engagement through individual giving, leadership, and volunteer opportunities.

“At Perdue, we are proud to be part of the Global Corporate Leadership program as part of our company’s commitment to our communities,” said Randy Day, chief executive officer of Perdue Farms. “Our decades-long partnership with United Way provides a platform for our associates to engage in the communities where they live and work.”

Joining the GCL program reinforces Perdue’s more than 30-year partnership with United Way, which began in its hometown of Salisbury, Md., with the local United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. Since then, Perdue and its associates have donated more than $9 million to United Way. The vast majority of those contributions are through associates’ support of their local United Way campaigns through personal pledges and fundraising as well as volunteer hours. Associates contributed more than $584,000 last year.

“The impact Perdue Farms makes in strengthening communities cannot be understated and this commitment is part of their culture. Associates are empowered to engage year-round beyond the campaign through volunteerism and initiatives which support their local neighbors,” said Pamela Gregory, president and CEO of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. 

“Whether rolling up their sleeves to lend a hand with a local program, organizing fun campaign events, or serving on Boards and committees, associates invest thousands of hours to make a difference. We are very blessed by our long-standing local partnership and thrilled that Perdue is now a Global Corporate Leader,” she said.

Perdue Farms joins a select group of more than 100 global corporations who partner with United Way as part of their elite GCL program. Combined, these companies and their employees contribute nearly $1 billion and volunteer countless hours to help those in need.