Island Air’s Corporate Responsibility Program
Dave Pflieger has always remained deeply concerned with the social and ethical impact of his professional pursuits. Corporate responsibility and fostering strong community relations have always been paramount in Pflieger’s conception of proper business practices. In accordance with these beliefs, Pflieger has participated in, and spearheaded, a number of philanthropic endeavors in an effort to give back to the communities in which he works. While working with Fiji Airways, Pflieger and his team decided they wanted to focus all of their philanthropic effort on extending educational opportunities to underprivileged children in this distant pacific island. Pflieger’s foundations raised over $100,000 to help student purchase materials, and pay tuition. Speaking of this charitable accomplishment, Pflieger said, “As Fiji’s national airline, we view it as one of our responsibilities to assist local communities – especially in their time of need following the recent floods in Western and Northern Fiji,”
Pflieger is now focusing his efforts on Hawaii, and has taken part in many philanthropic activities to give back to this vibrant community. Along with Island Air, Pflieger supports a number of charitable organizations throughout the state, and has exemplified a clear commitment to fostering community growth and wellbeing. The Island Air Corporate Giving Program has become well ingrained in the state of Hawaii, and has supported a number of venerable institutions to ensure the efficacy of their efforts. These institutions include The University of Hawaii Athletics, Bishop Museum, XTERRA, Best Buddies, Special Olympics Hawaii, and Susan G Komen Hawaii.
This support shows a passion for maintenance of Hawaii’s spirited local culture through their backing of financial ethical, athletic, health and wellness, history and culture, mentorship and friendship, and women’s health initiatives. These organizations have made massive strides in Hawaii and have worked to ameliorate myriad social, economic, and community issues currently affecting the country’s 50th state. Island Air seeks not only to bring visitors to this beautiful island paradise, but to improve the living conditions for those who live there permanently. Of course, this is a symbiotic relationship, as a thriving Hawaii may prove more attractive to tourists or potential residents/tax payers. Pflieger’s work in Hawaii has been invaluable to the community, and has proven his commitment to philanthropy in the many realms in which he works. Though an undisputed leader in industry, Pflieger has proven himself a leader in the world of corporate responsibility and ethical behavior. He has shown that profit is not always the only goal of a corporation, and has illustrated the massive positive influence corporate philanthropic support can have over a marginalized or otherwise disadvantaged community.