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MATSON/ A&B Foundation

Founded in 1992, the Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) Foundation was established to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work. Although the A&B Foundation is by definition a charitable organization, it seeks to do more than simply bestow grants. Its main objective is to help educate, inspire and instill a sense of "hope" for Hawaii's future.

In 2008, the A&B Foundation donated $2.1 million to non-profits in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. It directed most of the giving—$1.7 million—to community needs in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, including the islands' main hospital for treating spinal cord and orthopedic injuries, food programs for the elderly and low-income, and pre-schools.

MATSON/ Ka lpu 'Aina - "Container for the Land"

In 2001, Matson established its Ka Ipu 'Aina program, which aims to keep Hawaiian lands clean by sponsoring and providing containers for area cleanups. Any 501(c)(3) non-profit group on Oahu, Kauai, Maui or the Big Island may participate in this program. Once an application is accepted, Matson donates the use of a container to dispose trash, pays the trucking expenses incurred in the delivery and pickup of the containers and donates $1,000 to the non-profit organization after the clean-up is completed.


Since 1980, OOCL has operated at the Long Beach Container Terminal, and has been repeatedly honored as the best container terminal in North America by its customers.

OOCL donates money to multiple causes—both local and overseas. In 2008, it offered $100,000 to Partners of Parks for the development of the first Universally Accessible Playground in the City of Long Beach, which strives to eliminate bias toward children with disabilities by bringing disabled children and their able-bodied peers together to play . According to Partners of Parks, there are more than 10,000 children under age 12 with a disability in Long Beach, California.

OOCL also responded to the May 2008 earthquake that struck Sichuan Province in China, deploying two trucks carrying two 40' containers to assist the relief efforts in Sichuan and transporting blankets and food supplies to the needy. It provided several reefer (refrigerated) containers to several relief organizations. In addition, the company set up an "OOCL China Earthquake Relief Fund Raiser" initiative and matched donations dollar-for-dollar to this fund, raising a total of $560,000.


PST is a major contributor to a wide range of community organizations and schools. Recipients include the International Trade Education Program at Banning High School, the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor, Port of Los Angeles High School, the YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay and Long Beach Boy Scouts of America. 


In 2007, Ports America donated $25,000 to the International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), an organization dedicated to preparing students in high school and post-high school educational institutions for maritime international trade careers, specifically targeting economically disadvantaged areas.

The donation will be used to support the expansion of ITEP's programs and academies to students at public and private high schools located in the footprint of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to help students meet business professionals, legislators, Coast Guard officers, DHS officials and maritime industry leaders from the ports. Eight hundred students at Banning High School are now focusing their education around the local maritime industries and have even named their part of the campus "The Port of Banning."

Ports America, headquartered in Iselin, N.J., is the largest independent port terminal operator in North America, providing terminal management and a full suite of stevedoring services as well as portside automotive processing services. Ports America operates at 97 terminals in the U.S. and Mexico, handling containers, roll on/roll off cargo, general cargo and cruise ship passengers and luggage. As one of the largest employers of maritime labor in North America, Ports America employs more than 12,000 people each day at its operations, including full-time equivalent employees.

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