Corporate Responsibility

Making Connections to Improve Lives

Making Connections to Improve Lives

The energy was obvious and the connections were working on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA … both as 40 students worked in teams to build “We Share Solar Suitcases” and when the switch was flipped on their creations to generate electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb.  Best yet, the students knew that the suitcase they engineered would power the first lights for schools and orphanages in Africa.
This Blog Moves the Needle

This Blog Moves the Needle

Wondering what Corporate Social Responsibility blogs to follow in 2013?Look no further. We have the answer for you right here. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests, recently published its inaugural list of 9 Corporate Citizenship Blogs to Read — and Watch which spotlights our very own Applied Materials Blog!
Changing Lives Through Innovation

Changing Lives Through Innovation

Innovation changes lives on a daily basis – and in very dramatic ways for people challenged by some of our world’s greatest problems.  Educational inequity, access to clean water, poverty, health issues, and limited opportunities for economic prosperity.It is reassuring to know that some of today’s best and brightest innovators are using technology to benefit humanity.  Each fall, a select group of these humanitarians is honored at the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, which raises funds for the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA.Get a glimpse into some of these Tech Laureates’ solutions to our society’s most critical problems by watching this short and inspiring video.
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Investing in Innovative Collaborations for Teachers

Veteran and novice teachers are learning together how to improve educational outcomes for their students at William C. Overfelt High School in San Jose, California.Led by the New Teacher Center, this professional collaboration is helping to transform teaching and learning at the high school in one of the lowest income neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, and it exemplifies the Applied Materials Foundation’s investment in teachers.  In addition to funding the New Teacher Center’s work at Overfelt, the Foundation is supporting similar efforts in Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon, and Kalispell, Montana, all communities where Applied Materials has a presence. 
600 Helping Hands Give Back this Holiday Season

600 Helping Hands Give Back this Holiday Season

The holiday spirit was in full effect at Applied Materials’ 17th annual Helping Hands Day this past Saturday morning.  Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter joined approximately 300 employees and their families (Santa hats and reindeer antlers optional) at Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo’s new Cypress Center where they continued Applied’s long-standing tradition of helping assemble and pack 6,000 boxes of food.
The Big Lift

The Big Lift

Our project to install a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine at Applied’s Varian Semiconductor Equipment site at Gloucester, MA is nearing completion.Last month we posted a time-lapse video showing the transport of one of the 160-foot long rotor blades through the streets of Gloucester.Now, here are some snapshots from the process of mounting the rotor assembly to the nacelle which sits atop the 328 foot tall tower. With National Grid approval scheduled for November 26 we’re just days away from throwing the switch!Click through to see all the photographs.
Applied Materials Feeds Families in Need

Applied Materials Feeds Families in Need

Applied Materials has once again rallied employees for the company’s Annual Food Drive.  With a history of more than 30 years of community involvement, Applied runs one of the largest corporate food drives in North America where employees join together to donate time, food and funds to make a difference in the community.  Applied Materials President Gary Dickerson and Kathy Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties kicked off the 2012 Applied Materials Food Drive at the company headquarters in Santa Clara, CA by donating more than 8,000 pounds of food.
Jump on the Trot Trajectory

Jump on the Trot Trajectory

Things are looking up … always up… since the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot started eight years ago.  A solid base of volunteers has supported an ever growing number of community members who gather in downtown San Jose to join a 5K walk or 10K run on Thanksgiving morning.  And, the dollars raised for three charities have hit a new high each year.Join us this Thanksgiving morning for the Turkey Trot by registering TODAY to help generate funds for Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative.Help us put the 2012 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the top!