Social Impact

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At Dolby, we are activating our talent, resources, and technology in pursuit of a sustainable and equitable future.

Through strategic employee engagement, business partnership and practices, and community investments, we strive to inspire the next generation of diverse talent, address the critical needs in our communities, and serve as a steward of the environment.

Employee Volunteering and Giving

Dolby Cares, our community engagement program, mobilizes employees from locations around the world in pursuit of transforming our communities through volunteering as individuals, alongside their colleagues and teams, and through our Employee Networks. Partnering with educators and students, mentoring adults re-entering the workforce, and supporting children and families in need, are some of the ways our employees are creating an impact in our communities.

Throughout the year and during Dolby Cares Week, our annual global week of action held in April, employees participated in virtual and in-person educational sessions and volunteer events, addressing community needs, educational initiatives, and environmental causes.

Our Dolby Match program, which matches employees’ financial donations, amplified our employees’ impact, with employee contributions and company matching increasing in 2022. In addition to employees’ regular annual giving, Dolby employees empathetically respond to social, environmental, and humanitarian crises throughout the year through fundraising campaigns.

Our Impact

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Social Impact Program Data, Fiscal Year 2022

Charitable Grants

Dolby’s Social Impact efforts focus on addressing social and educational inequities with the majority of our grant funding serving underrepresented groups including girls, women and people of color.

Our grants are aligned with our focus areas and support our communities around the globe. Some of our educational and community partners include Bay Area Video Coalition, the Arts Media and Entertainment (AME) Institute, the University of Sydney’s Women in Engineering Program, IGNITE Worldwide in the US and Poland, Girls Make Beats, Variety Boys & Girls Club, 826 Valencia, Code Tenderloin, and GRID Alternatives.

Closing the gender gap

Girls Who Code participants collaborate on a design-thinking exercise at Dolby’s San Francisco headquarters.

Immersive experiences

Dolby’s London office opens its doors and Dolby Atmos technology to local students.

Career exposure

Students in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment Academy at Burton High School work on media concepts on a visit to Dolby's headquarters.

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Inspiring the next generation of innovators

We support science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education initiatives aimed at students from primary to university education. Through financial investments and skills-based employee engagement, we encourage diverse voices from the next generation to discover how the power of storytelling unites an audience in a shared human experience.

We provide curriculum support and mentoring to educators, as well as educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to meet Dolby employees, learn about our technologies, explore the workplace and future career opportunities. Dolby’s Social Impact team recently launched a newsletter designed to provide K-12 STEAM educators, students, and non-profit organizations with a deeper connection to Dolby and insights/resources from the tech-entertainment industries. We invite educators to sign up for the distribution list here.

We partner with organizations in our local communities around the world, including the Bay Area Video Coalition, the Arts Media and Entertainment (AME) Institute, the University of Sydney’s Women in Engineering Program, IGNITE Worldwide in the US and Poland, and Girls Make Beats.


Addressing critical community needs

People and their stories are important to us. We enable amazing storytelling through our technologies. And we believe it's critical to listen to people in our local communities, hear their stories, and understand their challenges. Through our Dolby Cares program, we help build a brighter future for people experiencing homelessness and other challenges, by providing basic necessities, job-readiness education, mentoring, and support with partners that include Variety Boys & Girls Club, 826 Valencia, Code Tenderloin, and GRID Alternatives.

Respecting human rights

Dolby supports the principles established under the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and prohibits the employment of underage children, forced labor and human trafficking, as well as any form of physical punishment or abuse. We expect suppliers throughout our global supply chain to share our commitment to the same high standards. In 2022, we established a Business Partner Code of Conduct that applies clear requirements and expectations for all Dolby suppliers, vendors, and other business partners related to human rights, the environment, responsible material sourcing, and responsible business practices.

We comply with the conflict minerals requirements associated with the Dodd-Frank Act and have a dedicated conflict minerals project team comprised of representatives from our engineering, legal and procurement teams who provide oversight of our conflict minerals program. We are also committed to complying with the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 and have taken steps to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking do not play a role in our business. Our policy statements addressing these initiatives are available on our website using the links below.

Conflict Minerals Policy

Conflict Materials SEC Filing

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement

Learn more

If your organization is based in one of Dolby’s communities and your work aligns with our focus areas — inspiring the next generation of innovators or addressing our communities' most critical needs — we’d love to hear from you. Please send information about your volunteer opportunities and programs to us at

For more information on our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) efforts, visit DIB @Dolby. For more information on Dolby’s environmental, social and governance efforts, visit Sustainability @Dolby.

Read our 2022 Sustainability Report