Corporate Social Responsibility Report Highlights Strong Culture of Caring

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PJM employees showed their dedication to the community in 2018 with record donations and outreach.

Throughout the year and during the annual United Way campaign, more than 300 employees volunteered in the community, including landscaping and cleaning up trash at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Pa., helping attack hunger at Philabundance in Philadelphia, Pa., and pitching in at local community centers.

“The culture of caring runs deep at PJM, and I take pride in our employees’ dedication to giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Nora Swimm, senior vice president – Corporate Client Services. “Whether it’s providing Thanksgiving meals to struggling families, sending Halloween candy to the troops or collecting board games for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, they continually seek ways to make our neighbors’ lives a little brighter.”

PJM’s newly published Corporate Social Responsibility Report highlights employees’ numerous outreach and volunteer efforts.

Civic and Community Outreach

PJM employees support a wide variety of charities and community causes, including Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, the Salvation Army and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. PJM Outreach, an employee-run club, supports local agencies through collection drives and volunteering with local organizations. Among their contributions to the community last year, employees:

  • Served 5,400 breakfasts at an area homeless shelter
  • Collected 200 pairs of socks for people experiencing homelessness
  • Delivered 350 pounds of food to an emergency food pantry

Health Initiatives

Employees supported a number of community health programs. Among them:

  • PJM sponsored a team of 21 cyclists who participated in the MS 150 City to Shore bike ride, raising $15,000.
  • On-site blood drives provided 87 pints of blood to the American Red Cross.

Environmental Consciousness

PJM’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is woven into our campus and employee practices.

  • Waste generated on the Valley Forge and Milford campuses is processed through a trash-to-steam program, diverting 100 percent of it from landfills.
  • Three of the five buildings on PJM’s Valley Forge campus have earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating, making them more efficient than 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide.
  • PJM’s 2018 annual recycling event yielded 16.85 tons of single-stream recycling, 20,050 pounds of household hazardous waste and 11,000 pounds of electronics.

Educational Outreach

PJM works to inspire the next generation of energy professionals by actively supporting students’ engagement in the STEAM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

  • PJM hosted students from 40 schools to teach them about how PJM operates the power grid.
  • PJM employees volunteered at the VEX Robotics PA State Competition.

Employees participated in mentoring programs and numerous career and science fairs at area schools.