Around the Table: Microsoft, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, & Fred Hutch

Urging state legislators to pass a transportation package

Irene Plenefisch from Microsoft recently wrote about the importance of passing a state transportation revenue package soon to make needed infrastructure improvements.

Supporting equity and inclusion

Boeing recently presented a donation of $50,000 to the Black Future Co-op Fund, a cooperative philanthropy that aims to ignite Black generational health, wealth, and well-being across the state. Read more here.

Encouraging COVID and flu vaccination

Kaiser Permanente is raising awareness about the importance of receiving the flu and COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here.

Being recognized for COVID research

Dr. Trevor Bedford, an infectious disease scientist at Fred Hutch, is a recent recipient of the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. Bedford studies the spread and evolution of viruses; his research has been key to tracking and understanding COVID. In addition, Fred Hutch researchers are testing whether COVID drugs can help patients recover from the virus faster.

Around the Table: Comcast, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, Seattle Kraken, & more

Supporting small businesses owned by people of color

Comcast joins regional chambers of commerce across the Central Puget Sound this week to announce Comcast Rise, a new program designed to support small businesses owed by people of color. Comcast Rise was created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support through services such as consulting, media, creative production, and technology as well as monetary grants. Learn more about the program here.

Impacting the state economy

Amazon’s recent economic report shows that the company invested $129 billion into Washington state’s economy from 2010 to 2020. Amazon has added $112 billion to Washington’s GDP. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Recognized for leadership

Phyllis Campbell, Pacific Northwest Chairman at JP Morgan Chase, was named Nonprofit Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors for her leadership at the Air Transport Services Group Inc., the Allen Institute, the Washington Roundtable, and the US-Japan Council.

Advancing racial equity goals

Alaska Airlines has become the first airline to join the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge, an effort to promote engagement and support between private companies and HBCUs. Learn more here.

Encouraging COVID vaccination

Seattle Kraken recently released a video with players encouraging fans to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities.

Participating in a research collaboration

The National Science Foundation is awarding a $25 million grant for a new, University of Washington-led research collaboration that will focus on new semiconductor materials and scalable manufacturing processes for optoelectronic devices. These devices are important for information technology, clean energy, sensing, and security. Partners include Amazon, Microsoft, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and more.

Around the Table: Mariners, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, & more

Advancing racial equity efforts

One year after announcing commitments to social justice and racial equity, a new impact report from the Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care documents progress and next steps. The report details efforts to diversify business partnerships, promote positive physical and mental health for BIPOC youth through grants to community organizations, advance equity through COVID-19 response and recovery, and more.

Partnering on sustainable flight tests

Boeing and Alaska Airlines partnered to share this year’s ecoDemonstrator, testing flights using sustainable aviation fuel that can reduce carbon emissions. Learn more here.

Leading COVID-19 research

An article in GeekWire highlighted efforts by Fred Hutch, Kaiser Permanente, and Virginia Mason’s Benaroya Research Institute in researching COVID-19 vaccines.  

Addressing food insecurity

Starbucks recently announced a $1.7 million donation to Feeding America to support equitable access to nutritious food to communities experiencing high rates of food insecurity. Learn more here.

Around the Table: Boeing, KeyBank, Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, PEMCO, & more

Making progress on diversity and inclusion goals

Boeing and KeyBank were among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The list measured performance in metrics such as leadership accountability, talent programs, workplace practices, supplier diversity efforts, and corporate philanthropy.

Planning to reach net zero emissions

Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci spoke to Washington Post Live about the company’s plans to reach net zero emissions by 2040 through renewing its fleet, improving operational efficiency, and using more sustainable aviation fuels.

Contributing to vaccination efforts

Kaiser Permanente Washington recently partnered with YouthCare on a COVID-19 vaccination open house to offer the vaccine and information to the YouthCare community.

Providing school supplies to students

PEMCO, Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente, Bristol Myers Squibb, Vulcan, and other companies are holding a supply drive for students in need. PEMCO Foundation is matching the first two days of donations.

Addressing health disparities

Bristol Myers Squibb’s efforts to enhance health and meet the needs of underserved populations are highlighted in this article.