At Surya, we strive to positively impact the environment, society and the communities in which we operate. We promote responsible business practices at all levels of the supply chain. Every Surya product is made by individuals of legal employment age who are voluntarily employed, earn fair wages and work in a clean and safe environment. We treat our employees with fairness, dignity and respect and require that all contractors and vendors adhere to fair labor practices.
Surya has a strong history of contributing to the social and economic welfare of the communities we serve. Our founder, Surya Tiwari, started his career as a teacher in a small village in India and recognized early on the role of education as a catalyst for social mobility. Today we have built a culture of caring and giving back, and we support various not-for-profit organizations that promote education and healthcare in rural India and other areas where Surya products are made.
Project Mala's mission is to eradicate child labor from the carpet industry in India by providing children in remote villages with access to quality education, nutritious meals and ongoing healthcare. The organization operates six primary schools, three middle schools and one secondary school, serving more than 1,500 children in the Mirzapur-Bhadhoi region in the state of Uttar Pradesh - a hub for carpet-weaving in India and home to many Surya weavers. Surya makes direct financial contributions to Project Mala and supports 160 students in four classes at two schools. Funds are allocated towards education, uniforms, food and medical care, along with sports and cultural training.
Millions of underprivileged children in India are out of school and forced into child labor in order to earn a single meal in a day. The surest way to break out of the cycle of poverty is through education. Akshaya Patra, the world's largest NGO-run mid-day meal program, serves fresh, nutritious meals daily to over 1.3 million children in rural India. For many children this is the only complete meal of the day. The school lunch program creates an incentive for children to go to school and stay in school so they may thrive as adults. Surya makes direct financial contributions to Akshaya Patra and promotes awareness and community support through annual fundraising campaigns.
Pain Free Patriots
An initiative of Minnesota-based BFW Charities, the Pain Free Patriots Program provides medical grants to military veterans to help them access the treatment necessary to relieve their chronic pain and return to their daily lives as quickly as possible. Qualifying veterans can choose to receive treatment at wellness centers or via mobile units that travel to corporate locations and church sites, providing a convenient option for veterans without transportation. Through direct financial contributions to the program, Surya is enabling our nation’s veterans to achieve a significant reduction in pain and gain renewed hope for the future.
March of Dimes
Originally created by President Franklin Roosevelt as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the March of Dimes has a focus of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality by discovering the genetic causes of birth defects, promoting newborn screening, and educating medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The Surya team is glad to be active donators to the March of Dimes organization and participants in the annual March for Babies walks in both Cartersville, Ga. and Atlanta, Ga.
City of Hope
Since 1913, City of Hope has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. With the mission of transforming the future of health care by turning science into a practical benefit and hope into reality, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Its community of research associates, scientists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, graduate students, fundraising specialists, marketing professionals, volunteers and an extensive support staff are united by their desire to find cures, save lives and transform the future of health. Surya is proud to be a financial contributor to City of Hope’s continued cancer and diabetes research.