Earlier this week, the North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., announced the FUELS program which stands for Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service.
“We’ve actually had this in mind for a little while now,” said Marissa Fortuna, communications director for Faurecia North America. “The process began last fall when we knew we wanted to do something but weren’t sure what direction to go.”
The 34 Faurecia sites across North America were surveyed and a decision was made — plants would participate in a food drive.
“We went with a food drive because it gave people the opportunity not only to donate food but also to volunteer at local food banks,” said Fortuna. “We especially liked it because it was something employees could focus on regionally but it also has a local focus.”
Locally, Faurecia Cleveland executives are working on where the plants donations will go.
“We are still working on who will be the recipient of our food drive,” said Kim Draga, human resources director at the Cleveland plant. “As long as they (the food bank they choose) have that type of initiative in their organization, we will encourage our employees to (volunteer).”
Throughout the month of September, employees will be encouraged to bring in food.
“That’s any non-perishable type of good — boxed goods, canned goods,” said Fortuna. “Everyone is encouraged to bring 10 pounds of food.
“We will keep track of the food brought in,” she continued. “Everyone who brings in 10 pounds will receive a reusable shopping bag.”
Additionally, each plant location in North America is competing to donate the most food.
“All plants that average 10 pounds of food a person will receive $500 to give to their food bank,” said Fortuna. “The facility with the highest average of pounds per employee will receive $5,000 for their food pantry.”
At the local plant, another incentive is underway for the fall.
“Our plant already had this planned before (the food) initiative,” said Draga. “We are also allowing employees to wear team spirit-type shirts — any color representing a local team.”
In order to wear a team spirit shirt instead of the standard white Faurecia uniform shirt, employees must pay a dollar.
In October, the money collected will go to several local school districts for supplies.
As for the FUELS program, people are getting excited for its kick off in a week.
“We have had a variety of local programs that each site participates in on a local level,” said Fortuna. “We are excited for the opportunity to unite sites across North America for a goal while still impacting each local community.”
The most important part of the FUELS initiative is the community aspect.
“It’s also a way for us to give back to communities,” said Fortuna. “These communities where Faurecia is located have supported us.
“It’s a way for our employees to share team spirit and team work together at plants,” she continued. “It’s a chance to express pride in where we work and where we live.”