Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently visited Reading, Mass.-based Keurig, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., to applaud the company and its employees on its long-standing commitment to innovation, job creation, corporate giving and volunteerism. Patrick was greeted at the Keurig® headquarters' entrance by Keurig President Michelle Stacy, and the entire staff where he participated in a meet-and-greet style discussion with the senior management team and then toured the facility.
During his tour, Governor Patrick sampled Keurig-brewed beverages while congratulating the company and its employees on the positive impact Keurig has had on both Greater Boston and the state of Massachusetts. Patrick noted, "Keurig's commitment to corporate giving and strong focus on innovation has proven fruitful for both the company and the Commonwealth. Keurig is a wonderful example of a company dedicated to improving the lives not only of its employees but its local communities and beyond."
GMCR and its business units, including Keurig, support local and global communities by offsetting 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. GMCR and its business units give back through donations, employee volunteerism, and local as well as national grants.
Through its "CAFE Time" or "Community Action for Employees" programs, GMCR encourages its employees to volunteer up to 52 hours annually of company-paid service to give back to local organizations and communities. GMCR reinforces such mantras through their purpose statement: Create the ultimate coffee experience in every life we touch, from tree to cup — transforming the way the world views business.
As a leader in innovation and single-cup technology, GMCR and Keurig have delivered considerable growth both in dollar sales and in number of employees. Keurig continues to grow rapidly in the Greater Boston area and expects that by the end of the 2011 calendar year, it will have added approximately 170 new hires.
Governor Patrick's visit to Keurig's Reading headquarters was an admirable and encouraging occasion showcasing a company that has demonstrated an ability to create jobs, contribute to its community and, simply, innovate, and continues to positively affect communities nationwide.