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Avery Dennison Teams Up with the Rainforest Alliance to Promote Sustainable Forestry in Honduras

Global Community Investment

The Avery Dennison Foundation is built on our company’s leadership principles to model integrity and social responsibility. Our vision is to inspire human promise toward a more intelligent and sustainable world -- a vision that drives us to advance education and sustainability initiatives in many communities where our employees live, learn and work.

The Foundation also supports employee causes and provides financial support to improve quality of life in local communities. We work with employees to identify organizations that provide needed services to the community, encourage employee volunteerism and bring the same spirit of invention and innovation found at the heart of our company's success. Over the past several years, Foundation programs have funded student scholarships, capacity-building and fundraising assistance for community organizations.


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Avery Dennison U.S. Scholars Program

The Scholars Program recognizes the academic achievements and potential of the sons and daughters of company employees and helps them obtain a college education. Since its inception in 1977, the program has supported more than 550 students across the United States in their pursuit of higher education. This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America.  Sending a child off to college is one of the great moments of a parent’s life, and the Avery Dennison Foundation is proud to support such moments.

Project Hope Schools

The Avery Dennison Foundation works in cooperation with The China Youth Development Foundation’s Project Hope Initiative to fund and support education in poverty stricken areas of China. Currently we support/fund 3 schools throughout China.  We share China Youth Development Foundation’s belief that supporting rural children’s access to quality elementary education will positively impact not only their lives, but also the entire community. Rebuilding rural schools represents a meaningful contribution that our company and employees make in China.


Grantmaking in education provides funding for educational improvements to elementary, secondary, post-secondary and/or vocational schools; and focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or graphic and visual arts educational efforts. These grants direct services to populations who are traditionally underserved because of gender, socioeconomic status or geography.

InvEnt- Spirit of Invention

The goal of the Avery Dennison InvEnt Scholarship Program is to recognize and reward invention,innovation and excellence in high‐achieving students studying in the fields of science, engineering and technology at selected higher education institutions in China and India. The Avery Dennison Foundation developed the program to encourage students to continue to pursue educational opportunities in these fields after graduation by helping them meet their financial needs during their university attendance, and also by offering training opportunities and engagement with Avery Dennison corporate offices. Overall, the program aims to foster the development of talent and human resources, nurture creativity and inspire young people in China and India to engage in the spirit of invention.

InvEnt China: Over the past seven years, the Avery Dennison Foundation has awarded 116 scholarships to assist university students in China. Each scholar was chosen for his or her high academic standing and potential to think innovatively, as demonstrated by creative invention proposals submitted during the scholarship application process. Avery Dennison partners with the following Universities:

  • South China University of Technology
  • University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
  • Beijing Institute for Graphic Communication
  • East China University of Science and Technology
  • Wuhan University

InvEnt India: The first set of InvEnt scholarships was presented to high-achieving students in 2012. The Avery Dennison Foundation has now awarded 30 students scholarships. Students study at the following Universities in India:

  • M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
  • Pune Vidhyarthi Griha's College of Engineering and Technology, Pune
  • Delhi Technological University (DTU), Delhi


Grantmaking in sustainability provides direct support for projects that conserve the natural environment and contribute to the social, environmental and economic well-being of communities. These grants focus on forest ecosystems and social sustainability, particularly in support of women’s economic opportunity, but also include funding for energy and water conservation, waste reduction, recycling, sustainable packaging, product safety, environmental education and resource conservation.

Rainforest Alliance

Learn more about our relationship with Rainforest Alliance, here. In 2014, the  Avery Dennison Foundation announced a $200,000 grant to the Rainforest Alliance to foster best practices in forestry management, create jobs and increase access to sustainably-managed forest products in Honduras. The Rainforest Alliance works to curb deforestation in Honduras and throughout the world by providing farmers and forest managers with sustainable alternatives to forest destruction. The Rainforest Alliance’s efforts in Honduras are especially crucial, where unsustainable land use practices have resulted in extensive destruction of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras’ largest natural forest reserve covering over two million acres. The Rainforest Alliance is teaching producers how to manage their land in a way that is profitable while conserving biodiversity and promoting the health of forest ecosystems. Read more about our Chairman, President and CEO Dean Scarborough on the Rainforest Alliance Frog Blog.

Disaster Relief

Natural and man-made disasters can have a traumatic impact on the lives of our employees, neighbors, business partners and customers. As a company we are committed to preparing for and responding to these unpredictable events as quickly and appropriately as possible. We consider responsible community participation and appropriate responses to global disasters to be an integral part of our culture and values. We will continue our proud history of supporting people and communities in times of need through employee volunteerism and financial support for organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities where our team members live, learn and work.