Doing Good: Martin Guitars

By Amy C. Cosper

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C.F. Martin & Co, a sixth-generation family business, released its second annual Impact Report. The company uses the report to share its commitment to being a socially responsible organization. The report details some of the company’s efforts and achievements in caring for their employees, local and global communities, and the environment in 2022.

“Sustainability is in our DNA. It’s built into everything we do,” said president and CEO Thomas Ripsam. “But to be clear, sustainability is about more than just the environment, it’s also about taking care of our employees and our community.”

According to a press release, C.F. Martin & Co. conducted a nationwide salary study and increased wages across the organization to stay competitive and adjust for cost-of-living increases. For the community, the Martin Charitable Foundation delivered 72 grants totaling $471,000 to nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley region and around the country in 2022. And for the environment in 2022, Martin supported reforestation efforts in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Pennsylvania.

“We can’t talk about any of our guitars without talking about sustainability. It plays into every decision we make as an organization. From the smallest of details to the largest initiatives, we are programmed to find the most sustainable way to accomplish our goals and help people unleash their inner artist,” said Ripsam.

You can read the full report on Martin’s website here

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