In 2016, the company and our employees and retirees contributed $43.5 million to communities around the world for a range of programs and project. Our support of essential conservation efforts aligned with the Global Signature Program continued with the Smithsonian’s Migratory Connectivity Project, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s SPIRIT of Conservation, and International Crane Foundation. Through our Houston Signature Program, we also supported innovative teacher and student development math education programs offered by Rice University, United Way, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston.
We also worked with local communities to meet some of their specific needs. Efforts ranged from providing disaster relief after floods in the U.S. and fires in Canada, to support for health and social services to aid for children with congenital heart disease in China and those with life-threatening medical conditions in the United Kingdom. The company, and its employees and retirees, participating in six United Way campaigns raising more than $5.9 million in contributions, and logging over 28,000 volunteer hours in the U.S. and Canada.