KEMET Corporate Citizenship


KEMET is firmly committed to exercising our social responsibility through philanthropic donations and actively addressing the global challenges of improving and strengthening our communities and people’s lives.Our pledge is to specifically support organizations that provide services to our communities and strives to be a positive example of civic leadership. This is accomplished through encouraging employee volunteerism,charitable giving, and being visible contributors to organizations that support programs focusing on helping children and disadvantaged youth, education and technology, and supporting the arts and culture. We have also provided assistance during large-scale disasters in those areas where we have a presence. KEMET is committed to expanding the possibilities for others — now and for generations to come. KEMET and its employees are helping to build better communities and making a difference worldwide using their talent, time and resources.


Organizations KEMET supports:


img1     American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The association trains millions of Americans each year in CPR and first aid, and educates healthcare providers every day.
img1     American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. KEMET has helped the American Red Cross achieve its mission in preventing and relieving suffering, at home and around the world, through five key service areas: disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, lifesaving blood, health and safety services, and international services.
img1     Carolina Youth Symphony encourages artistic excellence in a nurturing environment by providing the highest quality orchestral training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, and make participation possible through many financial aid and work programs. KEMET sponsors concerts throughout the year and has done so for many seasons
img1     Children’s Harbor ensures that foster children stay united as a family by keeping siblings together and giving them the professional guidance they need to rebuild their lives. Children’s Harbor helps to inspire hope and rebuild lives by keeping brothers and sisters together in loving foster care homes, and by providing care to pregnant or parenting foster teens and their babies. Additionally, the organization helps families stay together and grow stronger with in-home counseling services. KEMET contributes to the annual Boat Parade fundraiser and CEO Per Loof currently serves on the Advisory Board.
img1     Clemson University prepares the future engineers and scientists to understand the social and business implications of their work, and to communicate their ideas to a wide range of people, work effectively in teams and, above all, be willing and able to provide leadership in solving society’s problems. KEMET has had a long-standing partnership and collaboration with the College of Engineering and Science. KEMET has provided support to the university through the sponsorship of research initiatives and projects, and offering students the opportunity for interaction with KEMET engineers. Many KEMET engineers and employees are graduates of the university and engineers serve as adjunct professors and guest lecturers.
img1     Denver Rescue Mission was founded in 1892, and is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, rehabilitation, and transitional housing to the poor and homeless.
img1     Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) brings together the talent and experience of a broad array of industry leaders and professionals representing all facets of the electronics components supply chain. ECIA is an organization made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors, ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components to the end customer. KEMET representatives serve on a variety of boards, councils, and committees within ECIA.
img1     FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Each year the FIRST Robotics competition is held and is designed to inspire young students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM-based careers. KEMET has helped support almost 850 teams and inspired more than 10,000 students.
img1     Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, Inc. serves South Carolina's artistically talented students by increasing awareness and raising revenues to ensure excellence in our nation's premier public residential high school for the arts. Additionally, the foundation upholds dynamic partnerships among civic, cultural, legislative and volunteer leaders. In collaborating with the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, we are all able to create extraordinary experiences for students, teachers, donors and our state-wide community. KEMET has supported the foundation through financial support in underwriting performances, presentations, and plays of guest artists.
img1     Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitation and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. KEMET employees have donated their time in helping build homes for families in need across the Upstate.
img1     International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children is an organization that works to bring promise to children and families around the world. The Centre empowers and equips global partners - in government, academia, law enforcement, private industry and the NGO community - to make the world a safer place for children.
img1     Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina is a partnership between the business community,educators and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people. KEMET has provided financial support for programs and employees have served as volunteers and role models, emphasizing the relevance and value of education and bringing the real world of work into the classroom.
img1     Kisengo Foundation is an organization committed to improving the education, healthcare, sanitation,infrastructure and recreational opportunities for the people in and around the mining village of Kisengo in the Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. KEMET has supported the foundation and the Partnership for Social and Economic Sustainability initiative by contributing $1.5 million USD over two years for social sustainability projects at the mine and village. KEMET’s financial commitment to the residents of the mining village of Kisengo contributed to the development of a new hospital and school, fresh water wells, solar powered street lights, and improvements to infrastructure. The hospital and school provide a much-appreciated resource for the mineworkers and the people of Kisengo. Since the hospital opened, nearly 1,000 patients have been treated and more than 1,800 children have had the opportunity to attend school.
img1     Miracle Hill Ministries is a non-profit organization in the Upstate of South Carolina dedicated to providing extensive services to individuals and families in the form of food, shelter, clothing, personal development, addiction recovery support, and residential and foster care for children. Additionally, Miracle Hill is a significant provider of services to the homeless in South Carolina – serving the Upstate with nine facility locations and transitional housing throughout Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Pickens counties.
img1     The Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (TIC) is a global non-profit trade association founded in 1974 under Belgian law. It includes approximately 90 member companies from 25 countries involved with all aspects of the tantalum and niobium industry supply chain, such as mining, trading, processing, metal fabrication, capacitor manufacturing, recycling as well as other end-users in various industry segments. TIC works to increase awareness and promote the remarkable properties of tantalum and niobium via general assemblies, symposia, publications and market research. It also addresses major issues facing its industry including conflict minerals' legislation, artisanal/small-scale mining and transportation.
img1     The Blood Connection headquartered in Piedmont, SC, was founded in 1979 and is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. Human blood is required to save the lives of people suffering from accidents and disease. There is currently no substitute for human blood, which makes The Blood Connection’s role in the health care of the Upstate so vital. The Blood Connection is committed to meeting the needs of patients in the communities, and this means having the right products in the right quantities at the right time. KEMET employees have hosted and participated in company-wide blood drives.
img1     United Way of Greenville County provides leadership in uniting the community to improve people's lives and build a vital and caring community. KEMET is listed as one of the Top 50 United Way workplace campaigns in Greenville County. Employees at KEMET have contributed to a variety of United Way programs such as the “United Way School Tools” program, which provides students of families who are most in need with the school supplies required to start school ready to learn. Additionally, KEMET has participated in the “Be a Bunny” program, helping collect more than 1,800 Easter baskets for children and senior citizens participating in United Way-supported programs.
img1     Upright Africa establishes social and economic sustainability through access to medical and healthcare supplies and empowering the Congolese people to make better health choices. KEMET has helped fund a new school, street lighting, fresh water wells and a hospital, with doctors from the Upright Africa medical team who travel within the Congo brought in to train the hospital staff. KEMET has also funded the repair of existing infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and is proud to be part of the Eastern DRC community.
img1     World Childhood Foundation strives to defend the rights of children and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. By investing in children at an early stage, the foundation helps to prevent marginalization, abuse and neglect. The foundation works with prevention efforts to reduce the risk of abuse and provides intervention strategies to stop ongoing abuse and promote educational opportunities to teach skills to avoid abuse.
img1     YMCA of Greenville County is an organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Areas of focus in the community include: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. KEMET is a Corporate Wellness Partner.