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In the Community: OpenText

May 1st, 2021In the Community

OpenText believes in doing good while doing well and giving back to the communities where their employees live and work. So, it should come as no surprise that they are a long-time supporter and advocate of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank).

Over the partnership, which extends more than 20 years, OpenText employees have participated and supported a variety of activities and initiatives, from hosting Food & Fund Drives to on-site engagement activities, they always go above and beyond to make sure the community is thriving.

In this business profile, we chat with Julie Millard, VP, Corporate Citizenship at OpenText about their commitment to fighting food insecurity, the importance of giving back, and the recent launch of the OpenText Voyager Fund.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): Tell me a little bit about OpenText?

OpenText: The OpenText journey of innovation began on the campus of the University of Waterloo with a group of researchers working on a project to convert the entire Oxford English Dictionary to electronic form. We are now approaching our 30th anniversary as the global leader in information management and help companies of all sizes to leverage their information to its full potential, driving productivity, growth, and lasting competitive advantage.

We are proudly headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, and operate globally with over 14,000 employees in 35 countries.

The Food Bank: Why is it important, as an organization, to give back to the community?

OpenText: As a global organization we recognize that we have an important responsibility to ensure our local communities and employees are thriving and the communities where we operate are healthy.

Through the recently launched OpenText Voyager Fund, we have taken a long-term view to identify essential needs in our communities and to help address them by lending our support to the local partners who are doing amazing work. This year, our focus is to help provide food security to millions.

We know that 2020 was such a challenging year for so many, and that raising food and funds has been an incredibly difficult task for food banks around the world. So much more demand with less supplies and support. This is where we wanted to make a difference.

The OpenText Voyager Fund commitment of $1M globally reached 65 different food banks in 21 different countries, supplying over 4 million meals over the holiday season.

The Food Bank: What does it mean to your organization to be able to give back so generously to the charitable and non-profit organizations in Waterloo Region?

OpenText: Waterloo proudly remains our global headquarters. We believe it is important for us to give back to the community that has given us so much. Knowing we could make an impact right here in Waterloo, where so many of our employees live, was very meaningful. Our team felt very inspired by the contribution.

The Food Bank: How does your organization support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?

OpenText: Here in Waterloo, on behalf of our 1,200+ employees, we donated $125,000 CAD to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The Food Bank, like so many others around the world, has an established network to help those in need. They address the essential needs in the community – so partnering and supporting The Food Bank means helping to make a direct impact on neighbors in our own community who need it most.

From a corporate team standpoint, The Food Bank is a wonderful organization to partner with. We’ve had a long-standing partnership with the Food Bank running food drive campaigns during Oktoberfest and the holidays and doing volunteer engagements at the distribution center. We are really looking forward to returning to pre-COVID-19 times when our teams can help in the distribution center again.

The Food Bank: Why do you and/or your organization support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?

OpenText: In recent years, we have accelerated our corporate citizenship program with a focus on impact. One of our areas of focus is supporting community programs that promote the health and welfare of children and families, and this aligns perfectly with the important mission of The Food Bank to obtain and distribute emergency food from neighbours for neighbours.