The Avery Dennison Foundation & Corporate Social Responsibility

Helping communities where Avery Dennison employees live and work.

The Avery Dennison Foundation advances the causes of education, sustainability and women’s empowerment in the communities where Avery Dennison employees live and work and encourages employee engagement with a spirit of invention and innovation, improving the quality of life for the people in their communities.


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

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.

U.S. Scholars Program

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.


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.

The Rainforest Alliance

The Avery Dennison Foundation announced a $600,000 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.

Women's Empowerment

Grantmaking in women’s empowerment provides direct support for projects that address gender equality, equity and opportunities in Avery Dennison communities.

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Business for Social Responsibility

The Avery Dennison Foundation has supported Business for Social Responsibility’s HERHealth initiative in India to empower low-income women working in global supply chains through workplace-based programs.

world memon organization

World Memon Organization

The Avery Dennison Foundation has supported the World Memon Organization’s Pakistan Chapter to purchase equipment and train women in sewing and embroidery at the commercial and domestic level to earn income.

Apply for a Grant

The Avery Dennison Foundation supports non-profit and non-governmental organizations in markets where our employees live and work. Regardless of geography, all the grants we award will extend our strategic giving in support of education, sustainability and women’s empowerment . The Foundation accepts grant requests year round and makes funding decisions on a quarterly  basis.

The Avery Dennison Foundation Blog


Follow our latest community efforts through the Avery Dennison Blog and explore stories by our President, Alicia Procello.


Employees in the Community

Avery Dennison employees around the world volunteer their time and talents to address social and material needs in their communities.

Community Investment Teams (CITs) are groups of Avery Dennison employees with the interest in making a positive difference in our local community. We have over 50 CITs globally, made up of employee volunteers who facilitate engagement and volunteerism to help improve the communities surrounding our facilities.

Encouraging community involvement. Inspiring human promise. The Model Integrity and Social Responsibility Leadership Excellence Award was created by the Avery Dennison Foundation to recognize and encourage volunteer community service by Avery Dennison employees worldwide. This award was created in honor of former Avery Dennison Chairman, President and CEO, H. Russell Smith, who was actively committed to community service. By advancing Avery Dennison's values and leadership principles, the recipients of this award exemplify the Foundation's vision of inspiring human promise to create a more intelligent and sustainable world.

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Global Grant Spotlight: 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.

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Alicia Procello
President, Avery Dennison Foundation

The Avery Dennison Foundation leads our organization’s community outreach. Our vision is to inspire human promise toward a more intelligent and sustainable world.

This vision drives us to advance education and sustainability initiatives in many communities where our employees live, learn and work.

In cooperation with not-for-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and schools, we encourage our employees to volunteer their time to improve quality of life for the people in their communities.

In recent years our global giving program has expanded in China, India and Brazil. The intent of these grants and programs is to make a measurable improvement in the lives of students and families in those nations who live near Avery Dennison facilities.

We encourage all company employees in the U.S., China, India and Brazil to identify worthwhile projects in their communities, apply for grants and work with local teams to focus those resources and ensure the project's success. Foundation trustees and staff are happy to provide leadership insights for these efforts.

Sincerely yours,

Alicia Procello