C.H. Robinson Receives Human Rights Award
C.H. Robinson, Inc. has been presented with the Human Rights Award from the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Human Rights and Diversity Commission (HRDC). Each year, the HRDC honors Eden Prairie community members who have made significant contributions to the city in the areas of human rights and diversity.
C.H. Robinson, a locally-based multimodal logistics service provider, was nominated by People Reaching Out to Other People (PROP) for providing over 1,100 pounds of fresh produce donations through the "C.H. Robinson Community Giving Garden."
“The idea for the community garden came from our employees who wanted to use their talents and our experience in the produce industry to give our neighbors easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Angie Freeman, VP of public affairs at C.H. Robinson. “We are humbled that PROP would nominate us for this award and very proud of our employees.”
The "Community Giving Garden" broke ground in 2011. Since then, over 130 employees have teamed up to plant, water, weed, and harvest over a dozen types of vegetables throughout the growing season.
“The fresh garden items will bring such joy to our clients who do their best to provide a healthy and nutritious diet for their families on very limited budgets,” said Anne Harnack, executive director of Eden Prairie-based PROP. “C.H. Robinson’s Community Giving Garden is an innovative approach to meeting the hunger needs of the 4,000 individuals, of which 50 percent are children.”
The objective of the Human Rights Award is to recognize an Eden Prairie individual, nonprofit organization, business, or youth who has worked to create an inclusive community spirit through actions, activities or programs. Award recipients are selected by the HRDC based on practices that have directly benefited the community.
Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital, Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact.