The 2014 Community Impact Awards: Business of the Year, Large Companies

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WINNER

Alaska Air Group

SeaTac

Alaska Air Group, the holding company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Airlines, is known as one of the greenest airline companies in the world. Alaska has reduced its carbon footprint by 34 percent since 2004 and has diverted almost 3,000 tons of recyclables since 2011. But the company is also one of the Pacific Northwest’s most socially conscious. 
Alaska Air Group recently donated $1.5 million to support Seattle’s Raisbeck Aviation High School and an additional $2.5 million to the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center at The Museum of Flight. 

Alaska pledges ongoing sponsorship support to classic community events including SeaFair and the Bite of Seattle, but also looks for new sponsorship opportunities, such as a recent pledge of $2.5 million over five years for Emerald City Cycle Share, Seattle’s new bicycle sharing program.
In 2013, Alaska Air Group’s 13,000 employees, half of whom live in the Seattle area, contributed more than 10,500 hours of volunteer service, and the company donated $7.6 million to 1,300 nonprofit organizations. 

Aside from these noble efforts on behalf of the community, the economic benefit of Alaska Air Group’s presence in the Northwest cannot be overstated: It contributed an estimated $2.3 billion to the Washington economy in 2013.

SILVER AWARD

Microsoft

Redmond

The volume of Microsoft’s charitable giving is staggering. In 2013, the company’s 43,000-plus employees in Washington state raised $59 million for almost 5,000 nonprofit organizations. In the 30 years since the founding of the Microsoft Employee Giving Program, workers have contributed almost $600 million to charitable causes in Washington alone. Worldwide, they have volunteered more than 2 million hours of their time since 2005. The company is greener than ever, too. In the past five years, the Microsoft Connector commuter bus service has eliminated 46.3 million miles of vehicle travel and reduced carbon emissions by almost 20,000 metric tons. 

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