Corporate Sustainability Partnerships.
BMW’s environmental concern extends well beyond the plant. By partnering with local organizations we proactively support environmental initiatives in the state of South Carolina. BMW is an annual corporate partner with the Nature Conservancy, who is dedicated to preserving the plants, animals and eco-systems of the Upstate. Together with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the BMW Conservation Award was created. This award is given annually to individuals who have made lifetime contributions to protecting South Carolina’s natural, historic and cultural resources. In addition, BMW has teamed with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) in a variety of ways. Ongoing corporate sponsorship of the SCWF helps develop and preserve natural habitats throughout the state. As a member of the Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) program, the BMW facility is serving as a model for on-site conservation.
Another aspect of corporate sustainably is associate engagement. Our associates volunteer annually for the BMW tree planting organized by TreesUpstate. Since the first event in 2014, over 100 trees have been planted at Skyland Elementary and Century Park in Greer, South Carolina. BMW takes on the responsibility for the purchasing, planting and watering of the trees through the first watering season. The trees benefit the local community by the reduction of greenhouse gases and the energy needed for cooling, meanwhile providing an increase in oxygen and habitat for wildlife.