H.J. Heinz Company - Corporate Social Responsibility

Making an Impact in Our Communities

The H.J. Heinz Company has built an enduring legacy as an industry leader when it comes to supporting the health, safety and well-being of the consumers who enjoy our foods, the individuals who work for us and the communities where our offices and manufacturing facilities are located.

Every year, Heinz receives a significant number of requests for support. As a responsible corporate citizen, we're actively involved with positive community programs and initiatives designed at improving nutrition, education, and fostering healthy communities through food security and disaster relief programs.

Nutrition & Food Security

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    Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

    Heinz continued to support this organization, which is dedicated to feeding the hungry in southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to donations, Heinz employees volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which collects and distributes food from its warehouse in Duquesne, PA, to a network of more than 380 member organizations, including soup kitchens, after-school programs, regional food banks, Meals-on-Wheels, special programs and others. Through this network, the Food Bank currently distributes approximately 27 million pounds of food per year.

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    Heinz Australia Received Foodbank’s Innovation Award for 2012

    Heinz Australia was recognised for its contribution to Foodbank Australia. The team at the Company’s Wagga Wagga factory produced and donated 62,000 cans of Hamper corned beef in 2012 despite being hit by devastating floods just days before. Heinz had agreed to participate for the second time in the Collaborative Supply Program by producing the corned beef for FoodBank Australia. “What they didn’t know was that, just days before the scheduled production date, the Heinz Wagga Wagga factory would be hit by floods,” said Enzo Allara, Chairman of Foodbank Australia. “They would have been forgiven for delaying or cancelling the production, but instead the (Heinz) staff showed tenacity and creativity in ensuring that the run went ahead.”

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    Beginning in 2012, the Company Foundation supported scholarships for underprivileged children to attend athletic camps, where they learn the importance of daily exercise and good nutrition. Each ProCamps clinic is hosted by a respected pro athlete or coach. Camps supported by Heinz have been hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Andrew McCutcheon, center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Learn more about how Heinz is helping kids experience ProCamps.

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    ABC Dapur Peduli Safari Ramadhan

    ABC Dapur Peduli Safari Ramadhan 2013 visited 15 areas of dhuafa in Jakarta and its surrounding areas, including Nurur Rohman mosque in Duren Sawit, Taufiqurahman Mosque in Penggilingan, Al Amin Mosque in Rawasari, AR-Rahman Mosque in Kemayoran, Jl. Raya Bogor, Cibodas, Lenteng Agung in Jagakarsa, Rawasari, Rawamangun and dhuafa area behind Kemayoran market. The objective of this initiative was to distribute good food to those less fortunate in the community. And we did this by encouraging local mothers to join us in cooking.

    Riding in a van specially modified for the Safari Ramadhan, Heinz ABC Indonesia representatives and a celebrity chef cooked with and distributed iftar food packages to mothers in each ABC Dapur Peduli community they visited.

    The Safari Ramadhan van resembled a mother’s home kitchen, complete with a gas stove and a refrigerator/freezer. To make it easy for the mothers to follow the chef’s cooking instructions, the van featured two TV sets, CCTV camera, and a sound system.

    By the end of this year’s Ramadhan, nearly 8,000 food packages had been distributed to the dhuafa through the ABC Dapur Peduli Safari Ramadhan program. The Safari Ramadhan itself is a part of a holistic campaign of ABC Dapur Peduli Ramadhan 2013 program where in total we distributed 100,000 iftar/breakfast packages.

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    Nutri Life Clinics in India

    Heinz Nutrition Foundation India (HNFI) is a non-profit, non-commercial trust, and for over 15 years has been furthering the knowledge on health and nutrition. Over the last five years, HNFI has also been providing free diet and nutrition counseling for the general public, especially the underpriviledged in three cities in India – Chennai, Bengaluru, and New Delhi.

    Highly qualified and experienced nutritionists at Nutri Life Clinics, which are sponsored by HNFI, provide free one-to-one counseling to clients to provide much-needed advice on proper diet, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, exercise, and more. So far, about 3,000 people of all ages have benefitted from these clinics.


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    Manchester Bidwell Corporation

    This organization believes that empowerment shapes an individual’s life. Its programs include the Manchester Craftsmen Guild, which brings arts education and mentorship to inner-city youth, and the Bidwell Training Center, which provides adult career training in Pittsburgh.

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    Tomatosphere Wins Award for Planting the Seeds of Science

    Since its first seeds travelled aboard the space shuttle in 2001, the Tomatosphere Project has helped more than two million students in more than 15,000 Canadian and U.S. classrooms from grades two to 10 learn about space and science. Students and teachers compare germination rates of seeds in space and on Earth to learn about life support requirements for space missions. Canadian scientists use the project results to learn about long-term space travel and agriculture.

    Tomatosphere is proudly sponsored by the H.J. Heinz Company, HeinzSeed, Stokes Seeds, Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the University of Guelph, all of whom were thrilled to learn in March 2013 that Tomatosphere was being honoured with the prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award for Science Promotion.

    The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour individuals and groups who make an outstanding contribution to science in Canada through activities that encourage popular interest in science or develop science abilities. The Tomatosphere Project won the award in the group category, valued at $25,000.

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    Heinz Delegates Attend One Young World Summit

    Twelve Heinz delegates participated in the One Young World 2012 Summit in Pittsburgh alongside 1,300 young leaders from 182 countries. The One Young World global summit gathered young leaders from around the world, inspiring dialogue about critical global issues and helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.

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    "Do Better Challenge" Essay Winner

    At the summit, Namrata Poddar, Assistant Product Manager, Marketing, Heinz India, received 1st prize in the “Do Better Challenge” essay competition for her essay on “Female Feticide and Infanticide in India.” 

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    Pudliszki School Children Get Active

    Heinz operates a factory in Pudliszki, a very small town in Western Poland. As part of its commitment to the local community, Heinz Poland supported two important and worthy programs. In Szkoła Podstawowa w Pudliszkach, Heinz co-founded a class for disabled children – the only such class within 40 kilometres – and bought all the necessary equipment to support development of the students’ motor skills which are an essential part of their overall cognitive development.

    The Heinz team also purchased athletic apparel for Zjednoczeni Pudliszki, the children’s football team from Pudliszki. The Zjednoczeni Pudliszki are having a very successful season in their league.


Fostering Healthy Communities

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    Wounded Warrior Project

    The Heinz Company Foundation continued to support Wounded Warrior Project, which serves veterans and service members who incurred physical or mental injuries during their military service on or after September 11, 2001. Heinz hosted an employee luncheon in Pittsburgh in 2012 to help raise funds and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project and the Company produced limited edition foodservice Ketchup bottles that promoted Wounded Warrior Project with special labels saying “Our Turn to Serve”. The unique bottles featured a mobile application to send a message of thanks to our veteran and active combat troops.

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    Tsunami Disaster Relief in Japan

    In the years following the 2011 tsunami that devastated much of Japan’s eastern coastal region, the rebuilding efforts have been ongoing. And Heinz Japan has been part of it. Heinz is supporting the recovery of East Japan Tsunami Disaster area by donating 1% of net sales of two products which represent our flag-ship brands – Heinz Tomato Ketchup (460g) and Ore-Ida Super Crispy Fries.

    Starting in June 2011 and continuing for a period of three years, the donated funds have been used to purchase wooden cube structures that are used by fishermen who lost their facilities for fishing and farming. The cubic house is called Universal Building Cube (UBC) designed by an innovative company named Shelter. UBCs can be customized to meet the needs of fishermen. Easily transported by 4-ton truck, each can be assembled by amateurs and provides comfortable livability due to wood material used. To date, Heinz Japan has donated UBCs for four villages and has plans to donate an additional 20 for fishermen in the fifth village by the end of 2013.

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    Brother’s Brother Foundation

    This international, humanitarian aid organization received continued support from the Heinz Company Foundation. Brother’s Brother Foundation provides medical supplies, school and college textbooks, food, clothing and seeds to those in need around the world.

Heinz Micronutrient Campaign

Heinz Micronutrient Campaign

Since 2001, the Heinz Micronutrient Campaign has worked to combat iron deficiency anemia and malnutrition around the world.