Building Stronger Communities
Building Stronger Communities Investing in others – and ourselves
Our work culture is imbued with a spirit of giving back: It’s what attracts many people to work for Gap Inc. and it is a key part of what inspires our employees to stay. That's why we created flexible programs that encourage our employees to give back in the way that makes the most sense for them, through money or volunteer time.
Gap Inc. employees who volunteer are more engaged at work, stay with our company nearly twice as long and are more frequently promoted.
We give our employees a chance to make a real difference in their communities through our Community Leaders program, which consists of approximately 3,000 people across seven countries. Our Community Leaders, the heart and soul of our volunteer efforts, are encouraged to identify a local nonprofit organization that can use the talents and skills of our employees. Leading by example, they inspire their teams to volunteer— fueling a movement that rallies all of us to create positive change and embody our philosophy to Be What’s Possible.
We are dedicated to making a genuine impact through our efforts. To do this, our Community Leaders identify local organizations we can partner with to create long-term positive impact. This model gives our partners the confidence to invest in training our employee volunteers, and it fosters a deeper connection between our volunteers and the local community.
In 2015 and 2016, Gap Inc. and employees contributed over $30 million in employee-driven community investment.
To further incentivize action, we have integrated volunteerism into our core business through our employee-driven community investment goals. Just as for any other business activity, each team is responsible for setting and delivering on their goals.
In addition to our Community Leaders program, we offer benefits that encourage employees to give back in the way that is right for them:
- Field Team Grants: For every 25 hours a store team volunteers to support youth development or women’s advancement, they can request a $250 grant for the community organization. We incentivize efforts in youth development and women’s advancement because these are two of Gap Inc.’s sustainability focus areas, where we can have the greatest impact.
- Money for Time: We donate $150 to the partner nonprofit for every 15 hours an employee volunteers after one year of work.
- Financial Donation Match: We match employees’ financial donations to eligible community organizations after one year of work.
- Take Five: Eligible employees can take up to five hours per month to volunteer.
In 2015 and 2016, Gap Inc. and employees contributed over $30 million in employee-driven community investment, which represents the combined value of volunteer hours, employee financial contributions and company matching dollars. This amount includes more than 920,000 employee volunteer hours with organizations focused on a variety of issues, from helping disadvantaged women thrive to enabling young people to achieve a better future.
For Gap Inc., these programs deliver both social and business benefits: Our communities benefit from the long-term impact of our employee volunteer efforts, and our business is rewarded with more engaged employees who are passionate about making a difference in the world. For example, we've found that volunteers have a turnover rate nearly a third lower than individuals who are not similarly engaged, they stay with our company for nearly twice as long and they are more frequently promoted.