2013 Annual Report
Message from the CEO
One of the top priorities Matson had when it became a stand-alone, publicly traded company in July 2012 was to establish our own corporate giving program through the Matson Foundation. Contributing positively to the communities in which we work and live is one of our core values. Community service is a key component of Matson‚Äôs corporate culture and all of us demonstrate this commitment in various ways throughout the year, whether it be through cash donations to local non-profits or on-site volunteer work as part of fundraising events.
This first annual report of the Matson Foundation illustrates our broad outreach to organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in our communities. During our first full year of operation in 2013, the Matson Foundation contributed over $1.6 million to 456 organizations. As a Hawaii-based corporation that has served the Islands continuously since 1882, the majority of Matson‚Äôs corporate giving dollars and community service activities support non-profits in the Islands. Beyond traditional cash grants and in-kind donations, the Matson Foundation also funds two special environmental, community relations programs in Hawaii and Guam, Ka Ipu ‚ÄėAina and Adahi I Tano‚Äô, respectively. In 2013 alone, several hundred environmental clean-up projects were conducted as a result of the programs, with the non-profits that organized the events receiving a total of nearly $175,000.
The Matson Foundation‚Äôs governance is comprised of employees from all of our major geographic locations. This ensures our giving efforts effectively reflect all of the communities in which we do business. Another key part of the governance process involves maximizing our outreach to a broad range of community organizations, supporting everything from the Polynesian Voyaging Society to the American Red Cross to the Special Olympics Hawaii.
All of us at Matson believe that we are more than just a business. We are an integral part of our communities and collaborate as employees whenever possible to live that commitment in delivering what we know as ‚Äúservice.‚ÄĚ
President and CEO