The company plans to donate $15,000 a year over two years through the Sakata Gives program, according to a news release.
The center, founded in 2005, has a mission of helping the fresh produce and floral industry attract, develop and retain talent, with programs including Career Pathways (targeting university students), the Emerging Leaders Program (preparing high-potential leaders for responsibilities and challenges).
“Contributing to building future talent to ensure a stronger, smarter global supply chain is a top priority for Sakata and the industry as a whole,” Dave Armstrong, Sakata Seed America president and CEO, said in the release. “We hope to demonstrate our commitment to the future of our industry through our partnership with Center for Growing Talent.”
The Sakata Gives program supports the company’s corporate social responsibilities initiative, according to Jamie Kits, who leads program development for Sakata Gives.
“We strive for a program that is responsive and inclusive, both for our community and industry, as well in support of our Sakata colleagues striving to be the corporate good citizens they choose to be,” Kits said in the release.