Corporate Citizenship Report 2010

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New beginnings

Artwork from a recent Hagar International graduate in Vietnam who found a renewed optimism toward life through the program

Photo: Hagar International

Artwork from a recent Hagar International graduate in Vietnam who found a renewed optimism toward life through the program.

Boeing's support for nonprofit programs helps women around the world make a fresh start

It's a disturbing and chilling statistic—and a sobering reminder of the human condition.

One in every three women will experience some form of violence in her lifetime, according to the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Meanwhile, the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation continues in every society around the world.

Boeing is committed to helping, and making a difference.

The company's support for nonprofits throughout the world—such as Hagar International in Vietnam, the Japan Women's Shelter Network in Tokyo and the East Valley Fresh Start Women's Foundation in Arizona—is helping victims of human trafficking and domestic violence recover and gain life-changing job training and coping skills.

Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia, presents certificates to recent graduates of the program

Photo: Hagar International

Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia, presents certificates to recent graduates of the program.

"Boeing hasn't shied away from the complexities of human trauma,"said Agnes Lam, a Hagar International representative in Vietnam.

"Boeing courageously opened its heart to walk alongside Hagar and our clients, supporting many individual journeys of recovery and transforming the lives of Vietnamese women,"she added. "We
cannot, nor do we want to, do this without Boeing's support."

The company supports these programs as part of its focus on health and human services. Through charitable investments, business sponsorships, employee giving and volunteering, women, men and children around the globe are given a chance at a new beginning.

"Strong communities are important to Boeing, and all individuals need to feel safe in order to be contributing members of their community,"said Anne Roosevelt, vice president, Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship.

Hagar International has focused its work in Vietnam, Cambodia and Afghanistan—developing a model of care that combines comprehensive psychosocial support with sustainable livelihood development.

Boeing has supported the work of Hagar International since 2008.

"Hagar's innovative program has delivered tangible results, providing jobs to disadvantaged individuals in areas including soy milk production, apparel and accessories manufacturing, and food services,"said Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia. "Via its programs and collaboration with other groups, Hagar has taught these individuals how to be independent, empowered, strong and healthy."

One Hagar client, from Vietnam, found new strength and confidence through her artwork. It now supports her family.

"I have never stopped thinking about the inspiration that I received through the art activities at Hagar," this woman said. "In the program, we learned how to share and open our hearts to others.

"Sometimes we have hope, but sometimes we have challenges and deep depressions," she said. "What is important is that we learn to stand on our feet and be open to what life can offer us."

"While we can't solve the world's problems by ourselves, Boeing is proud to join with other corporate colleagues to support community-based organizations like Hagar International that have significant impact on communities and set an example of innovative methods for addressing issues of well-being and health."

"Boeing hasn't shied away from the complexities of human trauma."
—Agnes Lam, a Hagar International representative in Vietnam
Displaying one of her paintings, a woman explains how the program helped her build confidence

Photo: Hagar International

Displaying one of her paintings, a woman explains how the program helped her build confidence.

In Japan, where police say domestic violence rose to an all-time high in 2009, the Japan Women's Shelter Network has a similar mission to Hagar International.

This group provides shelter to women, sponsors educational campaigns to create awareness and develops policy recommendations urging more effective laws to protect victims of domestic violence.

Boeing's support helps the organization provide services and training to 250 women, according to the nonprofit.

In Mesa, Ariz., counselors for the East Valley Fresh Start Women's Foundation help women work through a variety of issues, including abuse, divorce, loss of a job and single parenting. With support from Boeing, the foundation recently opened another office to meet the needs of dozens more women each month. Boeing also introduced career development services to help women assess their job skills and position them for a job search.

"These women come back into the community with a new career, a new direction and a new outlook on life,"said Dara Gibson, East Valley Fresh Start manager.