DENSO Recaps 2020 Community Activities, Shares Giving Guide for Unusual Holiday Season

Dec. 22, 2020

Giving Guide prioritizes supporting local businesses and charities, frontline worker care and remote volunteer opportunities

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Dec. 22, 2020) – 2020 has been hard, but many have stepped up to meet its challenges. That group includes employees from DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, who have spent much of this difficult year doing what they could to help their neighbors. In recognition of their efforts, DENSO is highlighting some of the activities employees from its North American locations have taken to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 and improve their communities.

    • DENSO employees in Maryville, Tennessee, manufactured thousands of face shields that were donated to health care workers in the state and across the U.S. Teams at DENSO’s thermal manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, and in North Carolina also produced respirator components used in a customer project to provide frontline workers with ever-important PPE. To see all of DENSO’s COVID-19 response activities, visit www.denso.com/us-ca/en/response-to-covid-19/

    • DENSO employees at its North American headquarters in Southfield packed meals for those in need.

    • DENSO Products and Services America, Inc., the company’s aftermarket division, donated turkeys to local charities.

    • Employees from DENSO in Battle Creek helped clean up the Kalamazoo River.

    • DENSO Mexico donated gifts to local children in need.

    • DENSO’s Guelph, Ontario, facility ran a coat drive to help local kids stay warm in the winter months.

    • Employees at DENSO’s Maryville (first) and Athens (second) facilities in Tennessee gave gifts to local schools and charities to help spread good cheer for the holidays.

DENSO recognized in Tennessee, Michigan as community supporter
As a result of DENSO’s continued commitment to the communities where its employees live and work, the company received the following honors:

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Outstanding Community Stewardship in 2020
- Excellence in Operations Healthy and Safety

United Way of Blount County
- Community MVP Award
- Ambassador of the Year

Southfield Chamber of Commerce
- Community Cares Nominee
- Chamber Member of the Year Nominee

While DENSO is grateful for the recognition, it is not the company’s motivation. DENSO’s long-term goal to contribute to the greater good of society will continue to push it to be a positive force in its communities. None of that would be possible, however, without the tireless support and advocacy of DENSO employees who are driven by DENSO Spirit, the company’s deep-rooted belief in using collaboration, foresight and credibility to improve the world.

2020 Giving Guide
Inspired by its employees’ community service, DENSO is sharing a 2020 Giving Guide for how they and others can continue to uplift those around them during this unusual holiday season – a time when so many rely on charitable giving, even more so this year. For those who feel compelled, here is what DENSO recommends:
• Buy Local -- It's no secret that local businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic. Thus, consider getting this year's gifts from local purveyors or ordering holiday meals from local restaurants and markets.
• Give to Organizations Supporting Frontline Workers -- While first responders have spent most of 2020 tending to the public, there are many organizations at national and local levels doing important work to support them, donating things like PPE, food and care.
• Support Local Food banks -- Food insecurity is on the rise. And with more people looking to feed their families over the holidays, many food pantries are offering contactless ways for people to give so they can fulfill their missions safely.
• Donate Blood -- Since the pandemic's start, blood centers have reported an increasing need for blood donations. While COVID has rightfully grabbed much of the medical world's focus, more blood means more people can get the care they need.
• Go Digital -- Not all volunteer activities are in person. Online resources like VolunteerMatch help connect organizations with people looking to help in all sorts of ways, including online mentorship and other activities that can be done virtually.


About DENSO
DENSO is a $47.6 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 200 facilities to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.9 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global.

In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 51 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,700+ employees across 14 states (and the District of Columbia) and 41 sites. In fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. DENSO is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion inside the company and beyond – a principle that brings unique perspectives together, bolsters innovation and pushes DENSO forward. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career: densocareers.com. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/.