June is an important month at Medtronic.
“It’s our global kickoff to employee volunteerism,” says Jennifer Chavez Rubio the company’s senior director of global engagement. “At Medtronic, we call it Project 6.”
Project 6 is not only named after the sixth month of the year, but also named after the sixth tenet of the Medtronic Mission – to maintain good citizenship as a company. It’s the collective effort of employees from around the world making an impact on their communities through volunteerism.
“It’s an opportunity for employees to get directly involved in their local communities,” says Rubio. “Employees use their own skills and talents to make a difference.”
Last year, 19,800 employees representing 44 countries volunteered during Project 6.
“Whether it’s painting classrooms or planting community gardens, there is something personally satisfying about improving the life of someone else,” says Rubio.
Recent studies show 75 percent of Medtronic employees spend time volunteering at some point throughout the year. But each year, employees know that in the month of June something special happens.
“When we collectively come together, we can make a big impact.”
The program, which began in 2009, is funded by the Medtronic Foundation.