For more on our community partnerships, see the Love Promise Community Commitment and Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. sections.
Subaru teamed up with REI Co-Op Studios to sponsor Misha Euceph’s podcast called Hello, Nature, an eight episode series dedicated to highlighting the silenced stories of America’s national parks. As a Pakistani-American writer, Misha traveled in a Subaru Outback to tell a new story of our national parks, almost entirely though the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
In June 2021, during Pride month, Subaru sponsored several Pride events where we proudly showed off our first ERG Pride-wrapped Forester©. We sponsored the Haddon Pride Parade, our first appearance in a tri-state area Pride parade, as well as the Pride Union Game where Out+Ally gifted Pride gear to thousands of attendees to raise awareness for celebrating LGBTQ+ identity not just during Pride month, but all year long.
At Subaru, we believe our colleagues should actively engage in professional development opportunities, our managers should support employee development, and we should enable development through tools and resources across our business. We are committed to building a robust talent pipeline by attracting new people, growing our skill sets, and retaining our colleagues. This includes a variety of training opportunities, including the Subaru Training and Resources United (STAR-U), our internal platform of educational programming, compliance training, Lunch & Learns, DEIB opportunities, and executive leadership training. In 2021 alone, over 10,000 hours were spent on professional development through STAR-U. Some specific opportunities are detailed below.
During our annual engagement survey, colleagues expressed a need for more development opportunities. As a result of this feedback, we began a six-month mentoring program pilot, Ignite: A Subaru Mentoring Program, with 60 Subaru employees across the country. As part of the pilot, we partnered with all five Employee Resource Groups and matched interested applicants with a mentor or mentee. Following the Subaru Mentoring Program pilot, we gathered feedback on the potential for an in-house mentoring program that Subaru could scale out across the company. As we look ahead to 2022, we plan to support a larger, organization-wide program.
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) continued to provide robust testing programs, safety measures, and cleaning protocols, striving to provide the safest possible workspace. We utilized the most current cleaning and distancing guidelines; provided work-from-home resources, including mental health webinars; and introduced virtual professional development courses to help support our colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Recycling
In 2021, we started the PPE recycling program, in which disposable masks and gloves are safely recycled using our partners at TerraCycle’s® Zero Waste Boxes™ to divert discarded PPE from landfills and incinerators. Together with our other TerraCycle partnerships, we’ve collected over 6 million pieces of waste for recycling.
Learn more about how Subaru provided pandemic support to Camden, New Jersey as part of our Love Promise Community Commitment.