This video clip, which aired Sunday, July 10 on CBS Sports during the 2011 John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament, celebrates John Deere’s partnership with Opportunity International through the Classic and other initiatives. Here, John Deere chairman and CEO Sam Allen discusses the company’s commitment to philanthropy and economic development at home and abroad, ensuring that lives are improved and better futures created, emphasized by the work of the John Deere Foundation.
The John Deere Foundation has recently pledged a $2.5 million grant to Opportunity International to support its Banking on Africa Initiative. This grant supports expanded access to Opportunity’s financial services for farmers and entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, helping to create a sustainable framework for increased food security. John Bustle, vice president, John Deere Foundation, says, “One of the John Deere Foundation’s goals is to help eliminate hunger through initiatives that help manual farmers move from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture, resulting in enhanced security for the farmers, increased and sustainable food supplies and measurable economic growth in developing nations.”
Watch this clip of CEO Sam Allen on CBS Sports: