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posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:24 PM by Jonathan Yoesting
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Committed to corporate citizenship, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is encouraging its nearly 7,000 employees across the United States to participate in the online Stewards of Children training to combat child sexual abuse.

“We are pleased to partner with Konica Minolta in this endeavor and hope that other employers are inspired to follow suit,’’ said Maureen Simons, senior director of child safety at the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest association of all the YMCAs in the state of New Jersey. “Konica Minolta recognizes that child sexual abuse, perpetrated in the shadows, can be prevented when caring adults learn to recognize the signs and intervene to protect children.”

Konica Minolta is demonstrating its leadership in social awareness by offering its employees Stewards of Children training, created by the nonprofit Darkness to Light. The Metro YMCA has trained more than 2,000 adults, including 97 percent of its 1,000-member staff, in the Stewards of Children curriculum.

“Upon learning about the course and the great impact it has on raising awareness and providing knowledge which results in the reduction of child sexual abuse, we became interested in helping the Metro YMCA meet their goal of having 5 percent of New Jersey adults take the course by the end of 2015,” says Kevin Kern, Konica Minolta senior vice president for marketing. “This course offers valuable information to all adults, and employee participation is important in helping to promote optimal well-being and development of children in the community.” 

Konica Minolta employees have a track record of participating in community initiatives and many employees consider the company’s commitment to being a good corporate citizen one of the best parts about working there, Kern said.  Konica Minolta conducts several initiatives each year, mostly geared towards education, STEM education and hunger relief.

The Metro Y continues to spread the word about child sexual abuse through its ‘Kids Matter’ campaign. Simons has met with parent-teacher associations and scheduled trainings for staff of the Maplewood and East Orange libraries. Educators in several school districts and the South Orange Library staff have completed the training, which can be done online or in-person.

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company’s donation of $3,000, in addition to the $1,000 donation from the South Orange Rotary, is being used to cover the cost of materials for community trainings.

Any New Jersey resident can take the two-hour online version of the course for free and information on in-person training sessions can be found at: