Companies do a lot of good things for children - and the Kids Risk Project was the first to quantify this!

At the first Kids Risk Symposium called Managing Children's Risks: It Takes a Commitment on March 26, 2003, Professor Thompson released "How Much Do Kids Count in Corporate Board Rooms? Results from the First Survey of Fortune 1000 Companies" - read the Press Release (April 14, 2003) and coverage of the meeting in the Harvard Gazette.

This study, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT, explored the commitments to children made by the largest corporations with headquarters in the United States. Based on data obtained from 333 year 2001 Fortune 1000 companies (33%) between March 20, 2002 and March 20, 2003, the study found that:

  • Approximately 33% of the companies that responded have mission statements, vision statements, or guiding principles that specifically include a commitment to children,
  • Employment opportunities for children under the age of 18 years in the United States exist at approximately 41% of these companies,
  • These companies clearly see mentoring as a major theme, with 77% of them encouraging their employees to mentor children under the age of 18 years,
  • Approximately 60% of the companies that responded support affiliated, independent philanthropic foundations, and approximately 55% of companies indicated that they focus their philanthropy specifically (although not exclusively) on children, and
  • Approximately 80% of these companies indicated that they participate in at least one activity that helps disadvantaged children.

Access the full report, which includes statements and quotes from corporations and their leaders: Thompson KM. How Much Do Kids Count in Corporate Board Rooms? Results from the First Survey of Fortune 1000 Companies. Newton, MA: AORM, 2003 (or order a printed copy).

Access the peer-reviewed study: Thompson KM. How Much Do Kids Count in Corporate Board Rooms? Results from the First Survey of Fortune 1000 Companies. Medscape General Medicine. 5(1) (March 26, 2003) Available at: PDF.

Many of the surveyed companies maintain web sites as resources:

For kids:

Center Point Energy Underground
Colgate Kids World
COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services Reddy kids
Cracker Barrel Kids' corner
Del Monte Kids
Dole Super Kids
Energizer Learning center
First Energy for kids
Fleet Kids (Bank of America)
GlaxoSmithKline Active science
The Hartford Alliance
John Deere Safety coloring
Kellogg's Nutrition camp
Lockheed Martin Space day
Lowe's CodeRedRover
Marsh Supermarkets Stay safe
McGraw-Hill Learning network
Minnesota Power Electric universe
Mutual of Omaha's Wild kingdom
Nestle Very Best kids
The New York Times Learning network
Pepsi - Get active and stay active
PNC Financial Grow up great
Procter & Gamble - Being girl
Progress Energy Safety
Progressive Teen driving
Scholastic For kids
SCANA Energetic minds
SeaWorld On-line fun
State Farm Common cents and smoke detectives
Tyson Project A+
Verizon Enlighten me
Walt Disney Internet safety
Wells Fargo Hands on banking
Wisconsin Public Safety for kids
Wrigley Gum information

For adults:

Arch Coal Teacher awards
Cable in the classroom
Johnson's Baby Care
McGraw-Hill Learning network
Procter & Gamble's Pampers Village
SeaWorld Educational resources
Verizon Literacy campus
Viacom Nick Jr. Age-by-age activities
WellPoint Healthy habits for healthy kids


After checking this list, a 3rd grade student in Ms. Galvin's class mentioned a useful page on oral health that you might find helpful, although it is not associated with a Fortune 1000 company.

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