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The Avery Dennison Foundation

Helping communities where Avery Dennison employees live and work.

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.

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At this time, the Avery Dennison Foundation is focused on projects in China, India , Brazil, and other emerging markets where our employees live and work. Grant applications from other regions are also considered. Regardless of geography, all the grants we award will extend our strategic giving in support of education and sustainability. The Foundation accepts grant requests from employees and outside organizations and awards funding on a limited basis.

Global Grant Spotlight

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.

Project Hope Schools

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.

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.

Education STEM Funding


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.

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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

Innovative Sustainability Awards

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.

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.

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Alicia Maddox Procello,
President, Avery Dennison Foundation

How I inspire my team:
I inspire my team by trusting in their professional knowledge and supporting their daily work and career aspirations. 

What sparks my interest in a project:
Innovation and teamwork. I enjoy working on projects that require creative solutions and thinking "outside of the box".  I also enjoy working with colleagues and community members to make a meaningful impact. 

The biggest sustainability challenge facing our company:
Teamwork. I think of sustainability from a people perspective.  How can industry accomplish business goals while also making a positive impact on people in communities and on our planet? Whatever the sustainability challenge, let's all commit to working together to find the solution. 

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