Social Responsibility

While so many companies across the country are cutting their charitable programs, the Lakeland Companies remain a community leader in corporate citizenship. Through programs that range from volunteer service and charitable giving to community leadership, Lakeland has long been an active participant in community enrichment here in Minnesota and across the nation. Funds and services from the Lakeland Companies and our employees benefit schools, medical research groups, cultural centers and many other organizations.

Since 1993, the Lakeland Foundation has been financially committed to corporate citizenship by donating to local and national charities in four distinct categories:  education, social causes, health, and arts and sciences. Some of the local recipients of these corporate gifts include the Minnesota Private College Fund, the Minnesota International Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Minnesota, Courage Center, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Public Television, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  

Coupled with this community-focused giving, the Lakeland Companies donate extensively to national organizations such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Foundation.

In addition to the Lakeland's financial contributions to the community, our employees are also encouraged to participate in volunteer activities throughout the year. And while this level of community service provides employees with a warm feeling of helping those less fortunate, recent studies show that corporate volunteerism also leads to increased levels of worker competence. Employees who volunteer exhibit a stronger sense of ownership not only within the community, but on the job as well.  

Lakeland’s primary volunteer activity centers on the Salvation Army’s annual holiday bell-ringing campaign. Through this unique program that is spearheaded by our founder, Bill Fox, and CEO Dave Fox, Lakeland employees volunteer as bell ringers at local grocery stores around the Twin Cities and in Omaha. This annual tradition of volunteerism is augmented by Lakeland’s commitment to match the funds collected in those red kettles, up to $1,000 per kettle per day. These funds benefit the Salvation Army’s local and national programs.

Bringing our management expertise is another important way that Lakeland helps the community. Lakeland Foundation leaders have held positions on the boards of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Minneapolis Salvation Army and the Minnesota International Center and other organizations.