March 12, 2018
Buckman received the Governor’s Volunteer Star Business award for West Tennessee at the 2018 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning. Buckman was nominated for demonstrating an outstanding record of dedication to communities in the West Tennessee area.
“We are honored and proud to receive this exceptional award from Volunteer Tennessee,” said Junai Maharaj, Buckman President and CEO. “Buckman’s philanthropic efforts started with Mrs. Mertie Buckman’s strong belief in giving back to those in need, and it has grown and flourished because our associates feel personally committed to helping the communities in which we live.”
In 2009, with support from a global team of Buckman employees including Buckman’s now-CEO, Junai Maharaj, the global BuckmanCares initiative was founded by Kathy Buckman Gibson. Its mission was and continues to be ensuring Buckman is a responsible corporate citizen by encouraging and supporting local communities both financially and through the volunteer efforts of its associates. In 2017, 45-percent of Buckman’s U.S. employees volunteered more than 6300 hours, and globally Buckman associates volunteered nearly 8900 hours.