We're proud to be named as one of the year’s most community-minded businesses by the national service organization Points of Light in its 2020 Civic 50 recognition. Altria was also recognized for a second consecutive year as the Civic 50 Sector Leader for Consumer Staples.
An important element in the long-term success of our business is driving business and social impact through engagement and partnership with a diverse portfolio of stakeholders. We could not do this important work alone and are fortunate to have many excellent community partners as collaborators in our headquarters community and nationally.
After modernizing our philanthropic focus areas in 2019, we were compelled to take another look, as the national and local events of 2020 spurred new conversations about race and equity and the role of corporations to advance progress. We talked with existing partners about their work and its connections to equity, and we explored new partners to broaden the scope of our support.
We also added new community giving principles, including: approaching the work with humility; flexing our support to respond to community partners’ escalating challenges; listening and responding to Black colleagues and other diverse voices; collaborating actively with leaders across sectors; and seeking to increase impact through grassroots support of groups driving progress. This equity focus is now, and will continue to be, embedded in our core portfolios.