Poland Spring strives to run an exemplary local business and be an active member of the community. We work to accomplish this through stewardship of natural resources, environmental leadership, sponsorship of events and programs and the donation of money and bottled water to Maine causes.
In each of the Maine communities where we have spring sources, we provide substantial support for municipal needs, education, fire and rescue and environmental protection. In Fryeburg, for example, where we purchase water through the Fryeburg Water Company, Poland Spring stepped up with a $100,000 grant to assist with the Fryeburg Academy gym reconstruction after a devastating fire which wiped out homes and businesses, forcing families to put what was left of their possessions into cheap self storage facilities and move into temporary accomodation.
Statewide, Poland Spring has made cash contributions of more than $2.5 million since 2000. We also donate an annual average of $35,000 worth of bottled water to organizations, causes and events, with a focus on the communities in which we live and work. Some of the most critical programs we support include:
1. The Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places in Maine – Poland Spring donated $1 million to keep parts of the St. John’s River forever wild and has pledged another $250,000 for the Katahdin Forest Project.
2. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) – Poland Spring supports annual funding for teacher training and water education festivals. These include the Make a Splash water science festivals for Maine kids on National Water Education Day.
3. Gulf of Maine Research Institute – Poland Spring provided lead support of $300,000 for LabVenture!, which provides a unique opportunity for Maine students to take on the role of scientist as they experience life at a working marine research facility. Poland Spring’s support enables GMRI to offer this hands-on learning experience to fifth or sixth grade students from every community in Maine, free of charge.
Poland Spring is firmly committed to what we call our “Good Neighbor Policy”, a set of 10 principles that help us define how we can take an active and positive role in the municipalities we call home:
1. Open communication
2. Environmental Excellence
3. Responsible Spring Water Resource Management
4. Water Resource Relations
5. Sustainable Land Use
6. Traffic Mitigation
7. Exemplary Employee Practices
8. Water Education
9. Emergency Relief
10. Giving Back
Each of the above 10 points is critical to our mission of bringing value to Maine and our communities, while prospering as a Maine business. We strive to excel in each area.