In 2017, the Avery Dennison Foundation awarded Reforestamos Mexico a three-year, $20,000 total grant to support restoration of three hectares in four Mexican states: México, Querétaro, Nuevo Léon, and Jalisco. Work supported by the grant includes planting saplings, building firebreaks, digging trenches, installing fencing, constructing irrigation systems and pruning mature trees.
One aim of the project is to offer local residents permanent and seasonal jobs to help decrease worker migration and show that sustainable forestry offers opportunities to make a living. The project has created more than one hundred jobs so far.
By design, all four of the project’s reforestation sites are near Avery Dennison facilities, enabling employee volunteers to lend a hand with the work. Along with Reforestamos Mexico staff and others, nearly 200 Avery Dennison employees have helped plant about 3,000 trees.
“We’ve volunteered with Reforestamos Mexico since 2017,” said Miriam Corro, who works in human resources at the Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials facility in Tlalnepantla. “Their passion has motivated employees to address our forests. It has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life, giving the planet a little of everything it gives us.”