A Good Citizen

Beyond providing clean, safe and heated water, we have a history of giving back to the communities in which we operate, live and work. 

A. O. Smith Foundation

Established in 1955, the A. O. Smith Foundation has been supported by donations from our company and has provided $46 million in financial support to worthwhile community organizations, institutions and programs. In 1985, the Foundation initiated the Matching Gift Program to financially support education at high schools, qualified colleges and universities. Employee contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $3,000 per year. Renewable scholarships are also available for children of employees for higher education, including vocational-technical school and college.

In 2019, the A. O. Smith Foundation partnered with 199 organizations and donated $1.6 million. We focus our efforts on four primary areas: education, human services, art and culture, and health. 

Supporting Communities, Employee Giving & Volunteering

Our company has also enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the communities in which we operate by donating water heaters for new homes and providing our employees an opportunity to volunteer for build events. We encourage our employees around the world to live the company’s values through volunteerism and community involvement. Globally, our employee volunteers identify their local communities’ needs and then deliver solutions to support their communities by leveraging their customer service mentality.

Industry Engagement

Consistent with our core value of being a good corporate citizen, we take our responsibility seriously to be an engaged industry leader. Along those lines, we participate in a number of key trade associations, partner with non-governmental organizations that share our values and provide our employees with an opportunity to participate in the civic affairs of the company.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Our company has enjoyed many long-standing working relationships with non-governmental organizations over its history. These partnerships foster innovation, accelerate technology adoption and facilitate thought leadership on issues that impact our industry and our company. Of the many organizations we have partnered with, two are of particular significance—The Water Council and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The Water Council: Our company is a founding member of The Water Council, a nonprofit organization composed of public, private and academic organizations that drives economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry. Through this partnership, our company—along with the Council—has helped make Milwaukee a global freshwater technology cluster, according to the Brookings Institution. In 2019 our Executive Vice President/General Counsel was appointed to serve as Co-Chair to the Council’s Board of Directors. Our former Chief Executive Officer was Co-Chair for nearly a decade previously. Currently, the company is participating in a task force led by The Water Council to develop a Corporate Water Stewardship certification standard.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: Our company is a proud Ally member of ACEEE, a nonprofit organization with which the company has a 20-year relationship. ACEEE plays a leading role in advancing energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments and behaviors in the United States. In 2019 we had the honor of once again cohosting ACEEE’s annual Hot Water Forum, a premier industry conference that is wholly dedicated to water heating technology and thought leadership, as well as serving on its 40 Year Anniversary Committee.

Trade Associations

Our company is an active participant in a number of trade associations that help advance our business goals and objectives in the governmental and regulatory arena. These organizations also afford company executives ongoing opportunities to engage with industry peers to exchange ideas, best practices, advocate for public policies that benefit our industry and serve as a resource to policymakers. Our company continues to hold board and leadership positions in the following associations: The National Association of Manufacturers, the Water Quality Association and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.

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