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Help People – and the World
How one company contributes to charities and to
by Staff Report (September 17, 2007)
(Note: Recently CLN has been chronicling the
efforts of vendors to raise money for charitable causes. Duncan
Enterprises combines that with helping the environment.)
Duncan Enterprises is committed to being socially and
environmentally responsible and is active throughout the year to
ensure that this guiding principle is practiced. Some examples:
1. For more than 20 years, Duncan has hosted a yearly on-site
health, safety, and environmental awareness day (including lunch)
for all team members – an event that brings more than 35 community
businesses and providers to our team members with vital health,
safety and environmental information, giveaways, and advice.
2. For more than 25 years, Duncan has sponsored at least one
on-site blood drive a year.
3. Duncan offers on-site Weight Watchers meetings for all
team members to attend.
4. Yearly, Duncan participates in a United Way Drive, Toys
for Tots, collections and a Combined Health Appeal Drive; the
company also supports a variety of other community charities and
fund-raisers in which employees participate.
5. Every spring, several Duncan team members participate in
the Duncan Polytechnical High School Portfolio Day – a day when
freshman and sophomore students showcase their work and are
critiqued by local professionals.
6. Duncan is especially committed to the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Fresno County, with team members serving as board members,
donating products and equipment to the clubs, and donating products
and finished projects for fund-raisers.
7. Instead of just disposing excess and obsolete products and
materials, Duncan donates to worth-while organizations (ex: products
donated to RAFT in San Jose; used fiber drums donated to Community
Food Banks for holiday food collections).
8. Duncan is a voluntary member of the Partners for Clean
Storm Water with the Metropolitan Flood Control District as well as
a voluntary member of an industrial advisory committee (the charter
is to provide technical advice/assistance to the Fresno Wastewater
Management Group reporting to the Director of Public Works). Water
is gold in the Central Valley and Duncan has projected to save at
least two million gallons of city water over the next year with the
changes in the company's wastewater treatment process.
9. For every ton of solid waste Duncan generates, the company
recycles two tons of material that could legally be put into a
landfill. Between 2002 and 2006 Duncan reduced its regulated waste
disposal volumes 100,000 pounds, or 25%.
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