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Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

November 30, 2020
Author: YKK
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The end of the year is fast approaching, and as I reflect back on 2020, I think about the challenges and hardships that have faced us this year, particularly those related to the global pandemic. I think that all of us have been personally affected, in one way or another, or know someone that has suffered some sort of loss due to Covid-19. We’ve experienced a worldwide downturn in the economic situation; many of us know someone who has experienced sickness, loss of their livelihood, or even loss of a loved one. This has been a difficult and challenging year, to say the least.

On the subject of this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Give Back,” I think about the blessings that we have. I look around and see the strength in the individuals who we call our YKK Family. I look around and I see YKK as a company, that unlike countless others, is still standing. Through our flexibility and keeping true to our corporate philosophy of the Cycle of Goodness, “no one prospers without rendering benefit to others,” we can all be proud that we could give back as an essential business by continued support of the public safety industry, health care industry, the Department of Defense, and others.

As I look past the difficulties that we have faced this year, I’d like to share a quote by actor Denzel Washington: “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

It may be cliché, but there’s someone who’s having a tougher time than you, whether it’s a co-worker, a friend, a neighbor, or a stranger in the community. Now more than ever, we need humanity. As we approach the season of giving, someone could use a kind word, a compliment, a meal, or a helping hand. There’s no time like the present to Give Back!

Shannon Kearney

Brass Wire Plant
Manufacturing Operations Manager
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.