Manufacturing as an industry is often overlooked when we think about sustainability and community involvement, but DSA is committed to making this a standard practice.
DSA Signage’s Commitment to Community: Supporting Local Organizations and Making an Impact
As a manufacturing company based in Los Angeles County, DSA Signage has always been passionate about collaborating with the local community and supporting its growth. Over the years, we have participated in numerous community events, donated products to schools and non-profits, and worked closely with city officials to promote economic development. Often, manufacturing companies don’t prioritize corporate social responsibility in their day to day, so we hope to inspire those alike to follow suit.
DSA would like to highlight some of the recent initiatives to contribute to CSR and our commitment to learning about our local communities, including our attendance at the State of the City Address and the International Women’s Day event, collaboration with Cal State Dominguez Hills, and donations to non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Attending the State of the City Address hosted by Mayor Lula Davis Holmes was a great opportunity for us to connect with other businesses and city officials, learn about the city’s latest infrastructure developments, and contribute to the discussion on key issues facing the community. Mayor Holmes spoke about the city’s commitment to economic development, sustainability, public safety, and the importance of measures like Measure R, which aligns with our company values. We were thrilled to be part of this event and look forward to collaborating with the city in the future.
The City of Carson, California, also recognized DSA for our contribution to the community. Our CEO, Shokouh Shafiei, expressed appreciation for the city and highlighted our efforts to promote sustainable economic growth by creating job opportunities, supporting local organizations, and partnering with local vendors.
Women’s International Day Event:
Another recent event the DSA team attended was to celebrate International Women’s Day co-hosted by two local women-minority owned businesses Empath Recruiter and Collab Dance Studio & Creative Space. The event was aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in a range of business professions and encourage women to network with other like-minded colleagues and to keep special attention to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. At this event we could learn and connect with other inspiring women within the local community of Carson and their inspiring journeys as business owners.
We also had the opportunity to showcase some of our products and services and network with other attendees. We believe supporting women in business is essential for creating a more inclusive and equitable society, and we were proud to be attendees of this event.
Collaborating with CSUDH:
In terms of our collaboration with the local university, we have been working closely with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) for a few years now, providing internships to students and donating DSA products to the school’s different departments, such as the Accounting Society, VITA, SLICE, Thrive, and more.
In late October 2022, DSA Signage was featured in an episode of Advancements with Ted Danson, a national TV program highlighting cutting-edge technologies and innovations in the manufacturing space. Jennifer Brodmann Ph.D., Professor and Researcher at CSUDH, spoke on the key issues in the manufacturing industry in present day and how companies like DSA Signage are impacted. Alongside Brodmann was DSA’s CEO, Shokouh Shafiei, to speak on how DSA Signage is using technology to improve upon the industry’s processes and our own products and services. This partnership enables us to stay at the forefront of industry trends and provide valuable learning opportunities for students.
Lastly, we have donated products to non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club of America, which provides educational opportunities for underserved students. We believe that education is the foundation of progress and that supporting organizations that empower young people is crucial for building a better future for everyone. Other donations to local organizations include the Los Angeles Food Bank, which works to reduce food insecurity in the county; the City of Carson, which provides aid to many small businesses and educational programs throughout the city; and Easterseals of Southern California, which provides support to citizens with disabilities, the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation (LBNF) which provides aid to underserved parts of Long Beach through athletics, education, and a healthy non-violent lifestyle, and Alta Sea at the Port of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire ocean-related education, science, and business activities that create jobs and opportunities for communities. The mission of Alta Sea is critical to promoting healthy and productive communities that benefit from jobs and educational opportunities. DSA Signage’s contribution of lightboxes provided much-needed support to these organizations, which has helped increase its impact.
In addition to our contributions to non-profits, we’ve also donated items to museums and aquariums. We believe that supporting these institutions is vital as they provide education and inspiration to millions worldwide. Some museums and aquariums we’ve contributed to include the California Surf Museum in Huntington Beach, CA, the Chicago Field Museum in Chicago, IL, and the National Aquarium, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.
These organizations align perfectly with our mission at DSA Signage, and we’re proud to support their efforts. We believe that raising awareness about the importance of environmental conservation and being part of the efforts to improve access to quality education and resources in our community are some of the most critical issues of our time, and we’re committed to being part of the solution.
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles Solar Panel Showcase:
Recently, DSA had the pleasure of attending an unveiling by AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles in recognition of the recently completed large-scale solar power project. Our generous donation, which included over 50 light boxes will be housed in their new facility. We were even honored with the naming of a star called “DSA Signage Sirius Star” (See below to check us out on the map!).
By fall of 2023, these 4,753 solar panels at the AltaSea campus will generate enough electricity to sustain the massive building as well as 700 nearby homes. The Port of Los Angeles, where AltaSea is located, is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and health-harming pollutants. This project will help meet the goal of zero-emissions operations by 2030.
An especially memorable moment was hearing from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who spoke about the importance of sustainability in business practices.
Overall, the event was a great reminder of how businesses in California like AltaSea and DSA Signage are crucial in creating a more sustainable world for the generations today but also in the future.
Can you spot the DSA star on the map below?
Building a Brighter Community:
At DSA Signage, our commitment to community engagement and sustainability is integral to our business philosophy. We believe that businesses have a responsibility to contribute to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the communities in which they operate. Our collaborations with the city officials, the local university, and various non-profits have allowed us to create meaningful partnerships, learn from others, and contribute to the growth of our community. We encourage other businesses to get involved in their communities and participate in meaningful initiatives that promote sustainable growth and create positive social impact.