Trimble Foundation provides a platform to exemplify Trimble Inc. as a purpose-driven company focused not only on productivity, safety, quality, and environmental sustainability, but also our commitment towards Responsible Corporate Citizenship. The Foundation was formally established in 2017 and solidifies our philanthropic efforts in supporting the communities we serve.
Read the 2019 Trimble Foundation Report.
Giving back where we live, work, and operate is not a new concept for Trimble. Throughout the decades, Trimble has been at the forefront during times of need. This is about doing things right, as well as doing the right things.
The Foundation focuses on the following areas:
Female Education and Empowerment
The advancement of girls and women, specifically in developing economies, is a basic human right and paramount for a peaceful and sustainable world. Achieving improved gender equality across the globe is greatly increased when females are empowered with equal access to education and economic (earning) opportunities. Significant gender-based discrimination around the world, at varying levels, exists today and is even codified in some countries. Trimble Foundation works with organizations focused on impacting and advancing female equality through education and empowerment.
Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery
Trimble has a long history of donating money, time, and product to assist with recovery from major natural disasters. Trimble solutions are applicable to both recovery and rebuilding efforts –from data collection to infrastructure rebuilding (e.g., water, roads, bridges), transportation management, and agricultural needs. Trimble Foundation is committed to having a positive and meaningful impact on our communities, especially during times of acute need such as natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires that affect the people and markets we serve. Our goal is to have direct impacts through monetary contributions to strong local charities, as well as indirect impacts by partnering with local Trimble dealers and customers to aid in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Local Office Charitable Giving
Trimble Foundation encourages our local offices with 50 or more employees to define areas where Trimble’s resources can have the greatest impact in their communities. Our goal is to inspire action at a local level, and a platform where all Trimble employees can give something back. With more than 230 offices around the world, Trimble devised this approach to best serve the unique character of the cities and towns where we operate, from Sunnyvale, California to Danderyd, Sweden to Chennai, India. Encouraging local offices to give back to the community is not only the right thing to do, it is also a way to build culture and a sense of a greater purpose among our employees.
Trimble solutions are employed throughout the world by national, regional, and local governments and NGOs to help those in need. Trimble has a rich history of donating money, time, and product to assist with recovery from major natural disasters and public health emergencies. Following earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and floods—including during the treatment and prevention of outbreaks—Trimble has been proud to contribute to efforts ranging from data collection to rebuilding infrastructure, management, and agricultural needs.
In 2006, a severe earthquake destroyed thousands of homes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Using SketchUp 3D modeling software for design and engineering professionals, a bamboo shelter was created that can be built quickly and transported easily. Three hundred volunteers pre-built 1,600 bamboo shelters in Magelang; these shelters were then transported to Yogyakarta and erected in the earthquake area—all within three months.
In 2008, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake caused severe damage throughout the Sichuan Province of China, devastating the region's geodetic and cadastral infrastructure. As part of the recovery effort, Trimble donated VRS network technology, capable of handling the rigorous demands of surveyors and others during the reconstruction project. As a result, the Province once again has a reliable and accurate GNSS network.
In 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and collapsing tens of thousands of buildings. Trimble responded quickly, donating GPS reference stations used to provide data for geodetic and surveying applications that played a central role in rebuilding devastated areas. During the same year, Trimble donated reference stations used for recovery after an earthquake in Chile.
In 2015, Nepal experienced a major earthquake. Trimble funded helicopter time required to access remote GPS stations, and donated GNSS receivers to replace damaged equipment. GNSS data helps explain earthquakes and better enable preparation for future earthquakes.
Other disasters where Trimble has provided assistance include:
- 1991 California's Oakland Hills Fires
- 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
- 2004 Asian Tsunami
- 2004 Japan Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake
- 2005 Hurricane Katrina
- 2009 Australia Victoria Bush Fires
- 2008 China Sichuan Province Earthquake
- 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
- 2017 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
The Trimble Women's Network is a company-wide program dedicated to connecting, supporting, and mentoring women in the workplace to increase their impact at Trimble. The program provides resources and tools to help women empower themselves, address sexism at work, and ask for assistance through an informal network of men and women with a desire to share their expertise. There are chapters of the Trimble Women's Network at many locations throughout the world including the United States, New Zealand, Brazil, and India.
Trimble is active in the educational technology arena. Examples include:
- In 2016, Trimble announced that it was partnering with the University of Cambridge to support cutting-edge research in construction information technology.
- In 2017, a significant in-kind gift from Trimble established the Trimble Technology Lab in the new Design Building at UMass Amherst, focused on leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication, and the sustainable built environment.
- In 2017, Trimble unveiled Sketchup for Schools, a free version of the popular 3D modeling application, available to any primary and secondary school. The application offers an age-specific curriculum with lesson plans that support creative expression and skill development from a young age.
Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States, with an increase of 141% from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2016 (1 in 54).
In 2005, SketchUp began hearing about kids on the autism spectrum quickly adopting and excelling at 3D design using SketchUp Software. Project Spectrum was created, initially working with the local autism society, to connect with local kids able to inform the conversation. Since becoming part of Trimble in 2012, Project Spectrum has grown through the continuation of skill-based workshops and tech talks, lunch and learns, summer day camps, guest speakers, long term mentoring, field trips, placement of individuals in quality paid internships and full-time employment within Trimble. Project Spectrum offers the opportunity to share and learn about autism with other local businesses, in particular technology companies, in Boulder, Colorado and beyond.
Trimble employs more than 100 military veterans from all five U.S. armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard), as well as several international services. These employees work across the company in almost every office and business division.
The Trimble Veterans Google Network was formed to create a community to support, develop, and promote the unique characteristics of military veterans throughout Trimble and focus on fostering a culture that effectively recruits, transitions, develops, and retains veterans.
Trimble has supported U.S., NATO, and Allied forces throughout our 40 years in business—by delivering equipment, resources, and training that have provided army, air force, and naval personnel with improved task productivity as well as individual and unit safety. In the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns of the early 1990s, Trimble GPS was used to survey most of the country and build or repair many of the roads. In addition, Trimble will continue to actively hire veterans from all services and different countries where their expertise can be utilized to improve our solutions. The Google+ Veterans Page is a community of veterans, but is open to everyone —because Trimble’s involvement in supporting the military makes each and every one of us a veteran. We all are proud members of this community.
Trimble is very supportive of employees who are active military reservists and members of the National Guard. Benefits such as paid military leave (U.S. employees) and flexible schedules surrounding training and deployments show Trimble’s commitment to these volunteers.
Trimble actively recruits military and veteran employees because they bring a unique set of skills including leadership, communication, and technical expertise. The Trimble Veterans Network assists with the sometimes challenging process of hiring vets.