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We endeavor
to make a positive
impact where we live,
work, and play.

Goals and highlights


Goal* Status Progress to date
Goal*: Determine key targets for larger-scale impact aligned to a new strategic focus Status: Progress to date:
  • Goal achieved by launching strategic planning process to transform our philanthropic identity and targets
Goal*: Implement measurement of outcomes for key program and large-scale grants Status: Progress to date:
  • Not yet started
Goal*: Increase annual unique employee participation rate from 10% to 30% Status: Progress to date:
  • Reached 10% employee participation in 2021
Goal*: Increase volunteer hours by 33% from 2019 baseline Status: Progress to date:
  • Volunteer hours at 95% of 2019 baseline due to COVID-19 impact

2021 highlights

  • Created Powering Breakthroughs Together social impact platform
  • Donated $6.2M to support our communities
  • Served 1,552 worldwide organizations
  • Contributed $30,000+ gifts in annual Deliver Joy campaign

*We aim to achieve goals by 2025, unless otherwise stated.

Our communities sustain us. They’re the schools that nurture our children, the hospitals that care for our loved ones, and the neighbors who make the places where we live and work feel like home. So, when we see an opportunity to lend a hand, we seize it. And when we see a path to advance underrepresented talent, we pave it. Our culture of caring drives us to inspire young learners, take a stand for what’s right, and deploy resources to those in need.

For maximum impact, we harness the knowledge and resources of philanthropic organizations on the ground and the passion and power of Lam employees across the world. In 2021, the Lam Foundation—administered in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation—focused on delivering K-12 STEM education and quality-of-life programs that address human needs, youth support, health improvement, and disaster relief. We are proud to not only make an impact that we can measure, but one that we can also feel.

Our new social impact platform—Powering Breakthroughs Together—will further enable us to address pressing sustainability issues and achieve our company purpose to unleash the power of innovation together for a better world.

Relevant SDGs

SDG 4: Quality Education SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Our social impact platform

Powering Breakthroughs Together

At Lam, we realize potential and inspire innovation. Powering Breakthroughs Together is our new social impact platform that will help us do just that. Developed in 2021 and launching in 2022, this platform will empower people to make sustainable progress at scale, with the objective of making meaningful and measurable impact in three strategic focus areas:

Transformative learning

We know that curiosity and inspired learning power breakthroughs, which is why we invest in the ongoing foundational elements that lead to continuous discoveries and innovations.

Resilient communities

We invest in resilient communities —strengthening the relationships, technology, and preparedness and recovery plans that enable communities to succeed in the face of adversity.

Inclusive societies

We believe successful societies are inclusive societies. Through investments that facilitate equitable access and opportunity, we level the playing field and help communities reach their full potential.

We look forward to sharing progress against our social impact objectives as we leverage this new platform in 2022 and beyond.

Christie Valdez
director of community
relations, ESG

“In line with our guiding principles, we act with purpose for a better world. We’re excited to advance our ESG priorities even further through our new Powering Breakthroughs
Together social impact platform.”

Our social impact manifesto
  • For more than forty years, we’ve defied conventions.
  • Challenged assumptions.
  • Pushed the boundaries of technical limitations.
  • But we know, technology alone doesn’t enable breakthroughs.
  • People do.
  • They think big to build better communities.
  • To create safer, more sustainable systems.
  • To relentlessly pursue innovation that delivers real impact.
  • When people are empowered to collectively reimagine tomorrow, we power a better world for generations to come.

Creating a better future for all

Improving quality of life so our communities thrive

As a global business that specializes in problem solving and innovation, we use our talent and resources to support underserved populations and improve quality of life for those in need. Through Lam Foundation grants and matching gift campaigns, we have a proud history of contributing to a stronger and more equitable society for all.

Standing with the AAPI community

Intolerance toward others has no place at Lam or in our communities. In response to acts of hate and discrimination against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, our company spoke out to condemn these actions and through our Foundation we donated $1 million to support programs and initiatives that fight racism and violence. The funds were dispersed between Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, Stop AAPI Hate, and the Asian Pacific Fund’s Solidarity Fund.

Giving at Lam

employee participation
Approximately 13,000
employee hours volunteered
1.1 million dollars
employee matching gifts
5.1 million dollars
total Lam donations

COVID-19 relief and recovery

In 2020, we created a $7M COVID-19 relief and recovery fund that we continued to disperse in 2021 to provide much needed aid in countries around the world. In India, home to 8% of our employees, we were devastated to see the country experience one of the worst COVID-19 surges globally.

In response, we donated $1 million, which included $700,000 to Direct Relief and $300,000 to United Way Bengaluru (UWBe), to aid our communities in need. We worked with UWBe to organize four vaccination drives at local schools, during which nearly 900 students, school staff members, and immediate family members received their first dose of the vaccine. Through UWBe, we also supported the creation of a state-of the-art 18-bed pediatric intensive care facility at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences.

Additional COVID-19 recovery support:

  • Arizona - Meals for front-line workers and volunteers in vaccine distribution areas
  • Austria - Support for Caritas Carinthia Association’s housing, counseling, and childcare services for those experiencing the longer-term impact of COVID-19
  • Malaysia - Treatment and medication subsidies for cancer patients with COVID-19 related financial hardships
  • Ohio - Technology and support resources for virtual and hybrid learning models for hundreds of students
  • Oregon - Education, tutoring, and mental wellness resources to combat learning loss attributed to virtual learning as well as support for transition into hybrid learning
$1 million
donated to fight against racial intolerance against the AAPI community
$1 million
donated to provide COVID-19 relief
in India

Rajesh Krishnan
executive director,

“What stands out to me while working with Lam is the intrinsic qualities that the team embodies, which speak volumes about the company’s culture.”

Stem and scholarship programs

Powering tomorrow’s
technology leaders

Today’s young thinkers, dreamers, and creators will drive the future of our industry. To help them succeed, in 2021 we supported K-12 STEM programs that inspire and equip students to become the next generation of technology leaders. From scholarships to donations, our STEM education support shows young people just how fun and exciting a career in math and science can be, while providing opportunities and resources to build valuable skills.

K-12 STEM programs and scholarships

We proudly work with organizations to engage early learners with a focus on those underrepresented in STEM careers. Our support extends to programs around the world that address achievement and gender gap challenges, secondary education preparedness, education quality improvement, and workforce readiness.

Saumya Chauhan
Core Values Scholarship

“For me, coding has become a creative outlet that enables me to combine my passions for storytelling, design, and analytical thinking in a challenging, dynamic way. I want to continue to
do just that at college and in
the workforce.”

Core Values scholarships

Each year, the Lam Foundation awards a series of $10,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from select schools near our headquarters and in the Pacific Northwest. Community leaders, along with Lam employees, review applications and choose students who perform exceptionally in academics, as well as in their communities.

Awardees can use the scholarship at the college or technical school of their choice. In our 18th year of the program, we awarded $110,000 in scholarships to 11 students from high schools in California and Oregon. Since 2003, we have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 100 promising students.

Building brighter futures through STEM education support

North America

Eureka! program

In Oregon, we continued our relationship with Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest to enable 98 girls, grades 8–12, in underserved communities to explore STEM through Eureka!, a five-year, personal development and sports program.

Latinx in Technology

In California, our ongoing relationship with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley provided 146 Latinx students with scholarships in 2021 and a pipeline toward summer internships. The program has a goal of awarding 50% of its scholarships to women.

STEM Learning Academy

Founded in Springfield, Ohio, the Springfield High School STEM Learning Academy provides STEM education for its students. On behalf of our subsidiary Silfex, we supported STEM program supplies and experiences for more than 1,800 Springfield High School students.


Adream Centers

In Sichuan Province, China, we supported the Adream organization, which provides a quality education to primary school students in underprivileged communities. We funded the 5-year operation of two new Adream Centers—networks of multimedia classrooms where more than 2,000 students can take lessons.

Hello Coding Camp

In South Korea, we partnered with the Kids & Future Foundation to support 83 Yongin City students' participation in the Hello Coding Camp afterschool program.

Robotics and Coding program

In Taiwan, we continued our support of the Science and Technology Museum’s coding and robotics programs for 161 elementary and junior high school students from remote and disadvantaged areas.

Crucial School Supplies

Through our India community program, we supported the Sri Sharadha Vidya Mandir school in their efforts to provide educational supplies and textbooks to more than 900 Bengaluru students.

Employees giving back

Harnessing the passion of
our employees

Our employees are passionate about making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. To support the causes they care about, we offer a dollar-for-dollar match on employees’ monetary donations. The Lam Foundation also matches volunteer time at $10 per hour for all regular full-time employees. In 2021, we mobilized employees to raise $1.1M in employee-matched monetary and volunteer time donations and contribute 12,781 volunteer hours to various organizations. Highlights include:

Giving back to communities in need

Our annual holiday giving campaign, Deliver Joy, continued with employees around the world donating gifts and resources to those in need. From coloring books for kids to care packages for seniors, here’s how Lam employees gave back to their communities during the 2020-21 holiday season:

  • China—In just two weeks, 33 Lam employees mobilized to donate over 500 books, 185 coloring books, and 60 sets of oil-painting sticks to students in Sichuan Province, where we recently funded two new Adream Centers.
  • Malaysia—To brighten the season for patients at a cancer hospital, Lam Manufacturing Malaysia employees delivered over 150 gifts to patients at Mount Miriam Hospital in Penang.
  • South Korea—In Icheon, Lam employees donated gift cards to 452 students at 19 children’s centers through ChildFund Korea, as well as heating supplies for 125 children at five local centers in Pyeongtaek. In Osan, employees involved in the Fun Makers program supported 63 children from low-income families with their year-end toy drive.
  • U.S.—For an interactive giving opportunity that supports mental wellness, Lam employees distributed 500 Kynd Kits that included care packages for seniors in assisted living and sensory kits for children in foster care.

Setting students up for success

Despite the economic strength of Silicon Valley companies, the families of many students in the area struggle to meet basic needs—let alone afford backpacks and other school supplies. To narrow the equity gap, our Women in Leadership at Lam ERG supports Family Giving Tree’s annual Backpack Comeback drive in Milpitas, California. The 12-day virtual event, where employees filled backpacks at home, resulted in 1,200 filled backpacks for students, representing a 140% increase over the first drive in 2017. In total, Lam employees have assembled 4,330 backpacks over the past five years.

Backpacks assembled

in 2021
since 2017

Protecting outdoor spaces

In Boise, Idaho, nine Lam employees volunteered with the Ridge to Rivers organization to spend half their day helping with shaping and finishing work for a new section of trail. The trail area was constructed to allow for better erosion protection in the Boise foothills and will lend itself to hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts throughout the area.

Giving clothing a second life

In China, our employees organized a used clothing recycling program, collecting 167 kilograms of used clothes and textiles which have been donated to a national recycling platform for reuse. These recycled fabrics will be given to those in need or made into regenerated cotton.

Promoting healthy habits

As the title sponsor of the Lam Research Heart & Soles Run, we support the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation’s (SVLGF) work to promote increased physical activity and access to healthy foods among students in Silicon Valley—because kids who exercise and eat better, learn better. Though a virtual Run/Walk in 2021, 119 Lam employees supported this effort that benefited 8,000 Silicon Valley youth.

Wolfgang Hiden
CPG program manager,
Lam Villach

“To cook together with Lam colleagues is an opportunity to positively impact our community and build relationships as a team. Volunteering at Westbahnhoffnug Villach always brings a strong sense of purpose—and a lot of laughter.”

Fighting back against hunger

In Villach, Austria, employees volunteered more than 10 hours with the local food pantry and humanitarian services organization, Westbahnhoffnug Villach, to prepare meals for those in need.

Planting trees

In Taiwan, employees organized a tree planting activity, enlisting the participation of colleagues and their families. The event focused on planting tree varieties that can resist erosion and protect coastline to preserve a sustainable habitat for migratory birds.

Bringing a smile to children and families

Lam Korea employees participated in a toy drive that benefited 300 children through our collaboration with the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation. Additionally, the Lam Korea Employee Council raised money for ChildFund Korea programs providing education needs and support for low-income families at local children’s centers.

Walking to make an impact

In Singapore, 140 employees laced up to support the Singapore Children’s Society’s annual Walk for Our Children to benefit programs and services for vulnerable youth. We have proudly sponsored the walk since 2015.