Corporate Social Responsibility
Ongweoweh Corp is aware of the interconnectedness of all elements of the world, and is committed to sustaining the balance of life forces. This methodology is applied to Ongweoweh’s business approach, as we seek to provide each customer with comprehensive and inclusive methods of managing pallets and packaging materials, while maintaining an intentional consciousness of our collective impact.
As a Native American-owned business with roots in the Iroquois culture, Ongweoweh has endeavored to incorporate cultural philosophies into its business model. The “Seventh Generation,” philosophy is one that is derived from the Iroquois Great Law of Peace. As a guiding moral code intended to guide great leaders, it states that “In our every deliberation we must consider the impact on the Seventh Generation; that we should always consider how our decisions and actions will impact others seven generations in the future.” This principle guides Ongweoweh’s efforts to find Full Circle Solutions to benefit the collective future of not only the company, its customers and its manufacturers, but for all of Creation.
Sustainability / Environmental Efforts
As awareness for the need for corporate social responsibility increases, Ongweoweh has responded by identifying end-of-life markets for platforms deemed unacceptable for re-use. Ongweoweh is able to extend the life of your pallets, wood-based materials, corrugate, and other packaging materials in secondary markets such as mulch, bio-fuel, raw-materials, salvaging components, etc. Ongweoweh is able to provide a landfill diversion service while saving customers money.
A focus on recycling and the development of NativeTrax™ are strong components of Ongweoweh’s heritage and legacy as a Native-owned business, along with the belief that doing what is best for the environment is also what is best for long-term business relationships.
Ongweoweh is a Native American-owned, private corporation with majority minority ownership. Ongweoweh certified by the NY/NJ Minority Supplier Development Council, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise, or MBE. Ongweoweh is also certified as an Aboriginal-owned company by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC).
As a certified MBE, Ongweoweh strives to develop its own spend with diverse suppliers through its contract manufacturers and recyclers. We seek to encourage eligible partners to renew or look for certification to support Ongweoweh’s efforts to contribute to our customers goals.
Ongweoweh prides itself in its strong commitment to community and social education programs. As Ongweoweh grew as a company, so did founder Frank Bonamie’s ability to give back to the community. He was among a group of people who encouraged Cornell University to do more to recruit Native American students to the upstate New York institution. These efforts led to the creation of the American Indian Program (AIP) in 1983 and the establishment of Akwe:kon in 1991, the first University residence hall in the country to focus on Native American culture and issues.
In 1998, Frank Bonamie and his wife, June Bonamie, established a scholarship endowment to support students in the American Indian Program. This need-based scholarship has been awarded annually since the 2000-2001 academic year, and Ongweoweh and the Bonamie Family continue to be tireless supporters of the Cornell University AIP.
Ongweoweh’s commitment to the education and advancement of students extends well beyond the Cornell campus with on-going support of other programs including the Akwesasne Mohawk Boys & Girls Club, Akwesasne Minor Lacrosse Association, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, New York State Iroquois High School and College Scholarship, National Center for American Indian Economic Development (NCAIED) Native College Scholarship, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and other health programs, Native community programs, and local organizations.
Ongweoweh is also major supporter of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, which celebrates Iroquois history and culture through public education.
Ongweoweh has also implemented an Internship Program geared toward Native American students as a means to provide Native youth with professional development opportunities in the business field.