Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ("MSLO") is a company that believes deeply that it has a responsibility to its employees, to the communities in which they live, to the planet on which the world lives, and to the people who buy our products and read our magazines and books. To that end, we have created the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Foundation, expanded our Corporate Giving, instituted a three-day paid volunteer program for our employees, and created a new business division called "Healthy Living," which deals with nutritional, environmental, and sustainability issues. Our company is ever vigilant in partnering with companies who share our commitment to practice business both ethically and responsibly and who are committed to diversity and human rights. As the company continues to grow, so will our commitment to these initiatives. Please continue to check this page to learn more about our initiatives in this area.
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MSLO, its subsidiaries and affiliates, are committed to full compliance with the local laws and human rights and labor standards ("Standards") of those countries in which they conduct business and strive to conduct their businesses in an ethical manner. MSLO requires all of our licensees and their suppliers and subcontractors who are producing MSLO branded products to adhere to our code of conduct (Link) as part of our contracting process. We strive to work with vendors who share our values and who will work with us to maintain them in the global market place.
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The Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Foundation's mission (Link) is to ensure that all families realize their potential -- personally and professionally. To that end, it supports organizations that enhance the lives of women, nurture and protect children, foster good nutrition and respect nature. Since its creation in 2005, the Foundation has made over $200,000 in grants to a broad range of organizations. Last year's financial contributions included grants for two scholarships at Rhode Island School or Design for students of color; support for family shelters run by Women In Need; and grants to provide pro bono legal advice to incarcerated mothers, as well as to assist women transition back into the workforce from welfare and drug and alcohol addictions.
The Foundation is currently creating a beautiful and serene community garden with perennials, shrubs and trees at the George Washington Carver Residences in South Harlem. Designed by Gardening Editorial Andrew Beckman and Deputy Garden Editor Tony Bielaczyc, with input from those who live at the Residences, the community garden will open in September 2007, to coincide with the opening of the Martha Stewart Living Center for Living at Mount Sinai Medical Center, which is across the street from the garden.
Over the years, MSLO has generously supported many organizations and programs, including Literacy Partners, New York Cares, Conservation International, the Posse Foundation, the PEN American Center, Wave Hill, New York Botanical Garden, and the Public Theater.
Among our current beneficiaries is the Museum of Television and Radio. We have pledged $75,000, to be contributed in installments over three years, in support of its project "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio." Women's influence on the television and radio industries dates back to the beginning. Now in its second year, this groundbreaking, multiyear initiative brings the significant contributions women in television and radio to the forefront. With this project, the Museum of Television and Radio is building a unique collection of television and radio programming that celebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women writers, directors, producers, journalist, sportscasters and executives and is expected to inspire new generations of women to become a critical force in building the future of media.
MSLO is pleased to support causes that are near and dear to the hearts of our employees and encourages people to use their three paid volunteer days each year at the organization of their choice. We also help organize volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Past company organized volunteer projects include employees hosting a Valentine's Day party at a senior citizens' home in Harlem, organizing a school supply drive and stuffing backpacks for homeless school-age children, decorating and stuffing holiday stockings for underprivileged kids, and participating in a winter coats drive for those who would otherwise go without and more.
This year, a great deal of volunteering effort will focus on the Community Garden the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Foundation is building in South Harlem. Employees will grab rakes and shovels and plants to help, clear, plant, weed, and care for the garden.
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MSLO has spent the past 15 years carefully teaching our customers how to make their lives more meaningful, functional, and beautiful. With the creation of this new core area of the company, we aspire to go one step beyond and actually make the lives we touch inherently better. By bringing our customers new content in the areas of personal and environmental health, we hope to enable them all to continue to cook, craft, decorate, garden, and create for years and years to come.
Like all good initiatives, this one begins at home. We are looking carefully at our own business models to determine how our company can be more conscious about the footprint we make on the environment, and we are looking at our own employees to identify how people approach health and wellness and what obstacles they face in their daily lives. As for all growing companies, it's a learning process, but our customers can be assured that as we learn, so will we teach.
Already our customers can hear more healthy living content on our Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius, including the Body+Soul Hour and Ask Dr. Brent. They can find a brand new dedicated health channel on marthastewart.com, and later this year will find much greater presence of healthy living content in each of our publications: Living, Everyday Food, Weddings, Blueprint, and, of course, Body+Soul. Each magazine promises to help its reader make the connection between being healthy and continuing to do the things they love to do. And in the new Martha newsletter, Martha will share her own tips for leading a healthier and more productive life.
Our company's philosophy is always in step with those of our namesake founder. The entire company applauds Martha's personal donation to Mount Sinai Medical Center to create the Martha Stewart Center for Living, which is dedicated to teaching patients, their caregivers, and current and future physicians how to best approach our aging population and to learning new ways for all of us to live more productive lives no matter what our age.