Citizenship: Our Impact on Communities
Building Strong Communities
Successful companies are only as strong as the communities in which they operate. Being an engaged and responsible corporate citizen is important to KKR. Since launching the citizenship platform in 2016, we have defined our focus and strengthened our commitment to KKR employees and the communities we share. Our philanthropic reach and citizenship activities encompass our Firm, our employees, and our portfolio companies.
Engaging With Communities Around the Globe
In 2017, we deepened our corporate engagement efforts by providing more impact opportunities for employees and our shared communities. KKR supports healthy, inclusive communities and has focused on forming strategic relationships with nonprofit organizations that enable this vision. We partner with organizations such as Code First: Girls, Girls Who Code, Girls Who Invest, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) to help build pipelines of diverse talent and train the next generation of the workforce. Learn more below.
Celebrating 40 Years: 40 for 40
In 2016, we launched KKR 40 for 40, an employee-driven volunteer program, to celebrate KKR’s 40th anniversary and give back to the many communities that have given so much to our Firm. The program grants employees 40 hours of paid time to volunteer at community projects and nonprofit organizations that are meaningful to them. To introduce our employees to volunteer opportunities, we hosted two Nonprofit Networking Events in 2017 that brought together nearly 50 nonprofits and more than 200 U.S. employees.
More than 650 employees have participated in KKR 40 for 40 since its launch, committing more than 7,000 hours to nonprofits around the world. Learn highlights of employees’ volunteer experiences below and watch the related video here.
In addition to individual KKR 40 for 40 efforts, employees in our global offices have been volunteering through team projects. Learn more below.
Our Founders' Commitment
Volunteerism is championed by our founders Henry R. Kravis and George R. Roberts, both of whom are actively engaged in leading nonprofits. They give back to their respective communities through The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, which recognizes excellence in the nonprofit sector through an annual grant, and through REDF, an organization founded by George R. Roberts to provide equity-like grants and business assistance to nonprofits in California.
Portfolio Company Citizenship
Many of our portfolio companies also maintain robust citizenship programs in which they support the needs of the communities in which they operate. Learn more below.