Giving Back to the City

 Giving Back to the City

The employees of Gensuite’s Cincinnati headquarters foster the next generation of leaders in environmental science and technology
Kevin Michell Mason’s Gensuite has grown into a powerhouse company by providing a software platform that helps companies all around the globe maintain environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance. But Gensuite’s incredible growth hasn’t precluded the company from fruitful philanthropic efforts in the Cincinnati area and abroad.

One of its more recent initiatives is participating in Cincinnati’s Adopt A Class program this year. Thirty Gensuite employees from different departments have visited Katie Sanford’s first-grade class at Silverton Paideia Academy to mentor students, lead educational activities, show the children what a career in environmental science and technology can look like and take them on field trips to the zoo and museums.

It’s an example of how the cloud-based EHS management company has expanded its philanthropic efforts since Brittany O’Bryan, senior leader of Gensuite Corporate, joined the company in 2015.

“We believe in investing in the future,” O’Bryan says, “and education is just such a core part of that. I think everybody on the team is so passionate about it that it’s just taken off. It’s been something that’s been so easy for us to do because we don’t have to force people to participate—they want to.”

The Silverton students enjoy it, too, particularly the pen pal relationships they build with Gensuite employees and the occasional pizza party that they get out of it.

“It’s just cool to see how excited they get about it,” adds O’Bryan.

Meanwhile, Gensuite is in the process of awarding its third scholarship to a University of Cincinnati student of environmental sciences as part of a five-year commitment to the college. Students who receive the scholarship not only get help with their tuition, they forge a connection with the company. Gensuite’s marketing department helps them publish their written work online and the company hosts a lunch with a top company executive for the recipient to learn more about what a career at the intersection of technology and environmental studies looks like.

Often, Gensuite is misunderstood as purely a tech company, but O’Bryan points out that the technology enables better stewardship of the environment and, thus, provides a great potential workplace for graduates who have a passion for that.

“These companies [that use the Gensuite platform] are staying compliant and they are tracking these things going into the air and the water and things like that because of our software,” she says.

This year, the Cincinnati office also sent an employee—Jessica Button, who was joined by Yanshie Bahuguna from Gensuite’s Toronto office—to Malawi as part of Gensuite’s partnership with buildOn, which helped build a school in the African country. Also, in 2017, the Cincinnati office spent part of Veteran’s Day weekend repainting an elderly veteran’s house in Covington.

All of these initiatives to help children, students and the less fortunate fit philosophically with Gensuite’s product goal of responsible business operations that reduce harm on the environment. It all demonstrates that this growing company is using its stature to help ensure a bright future for children around the world.