YEREVAN, Armenia - October 31, 2009 -Synopsys Armenia CJSC today announced that approximately 400 volunteers - including employees of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, members of their families and students of the Synopsys Armenia Educational Department -planted 500 evergreen Thuya trees in the central park of Yerevan's Malatia-Sebastia district. The planting took place along both sides of a main path leading to the recently built Holy Trinity Church in the middle of the park.
The event was arranged with the help of the Synopsys Community Volunteer Program and sponsored by the Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation. The Armenia Tree Project Charitable Foundation (ATP) supported the event by providing young decorative trees from its nursery in Karin village. ATP also prepared the planting plots and will monitor the planted trees.
Among those taking an active part in the planting were Executive Director of Synopsys Armenia Hovik Musayelyan, Deputy Executive Director Andrew Hovhannisyan, ATP Director Mher Sadoyan, ATP Community Tree Planting Program Manager Anahit Gharibyan, and other foundation staff.
Since Synopsys was first established in Armenia in November 2004, the company has made a significant investment toward the research and development of technology products in Armenia, as well as toward its new site in Yerevan. The company strives to be a good corporate citizen and continuously contributes to the progress of Armenian society by helping improve the country's educational system, and by implementing other assistance programs through its Armenia-based Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation.
"We are happy to collaborate with Synopsys. Their commitment to Armenia's community and environment is a remarkable example of corporate social responsibility and good citizenship," said Anahit Gharibyan, ATP community tree planting program manager. "Every year Synopsys contributes to improving the environment in Armenia by planting hundreds of trees and inspiring other companies based in Armenia."
"The volunteer tree planting by Synopsys employees is part of the team's contribution to the future of Synopsys' host country," said Synopsys R&D manager Karen Melikyan. "We have to take care of the environment in our city and this type of event also helps build and improve team spirit within the company. It makes us feel a part of the big Synopsys family. I encourage my team to participate and bring their children and spouses."
"I am heartened by the enthusiastic involvement of so many of our employees and their families to willingly volunteer their time and efforts to make Yerevan a better place for everyone," said Rich Goldman, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances at Synopsys, and CEO of Synopsys Armenia. "By volunteering for past events, they have found they can enjoy themselves while also giving back to the community. We hope their involvement will inspire other companies and individuals to undertake corporate social responsibility programs in their own ways."
Community involvement is one Synopsys' core values and planting trees has become a tradition for Synopsys employees in Armenia. This is the fifth Synopsys tree planting in Yerevan. In 2005, Synopsys planted trees in Viasphere Technopark, in 2006 in Victory Park, in 2007 in Tsitsernakaberd Park, and in 2008 on a hillside of Nor Nork district of Yerevan. In five years, more than 1,600 trees have been planted. Employees view tree planting as a key contribution toward reducing air pollution in Yerevan and making it a better place to live and work.
About Armenia Tree Project (ATP Charitable Foundation)
Armenia Tree Project (ATP Charitable Foundation), a non-profit program based in Watertown and Yerevan, conducts vitally important environmental projects in Armenia's impoverished and deforested zones and seeks support in advancing its reforestation mission. Since 1994, ATP has made enormous strides in combating desertification in the biologically diverse but threatened Caucasus region. Over 2,000,000 trees have been planted and restored, and hundreds of jobs have been created for Armenians in seasonal tree-related programs.
ATP Charitable Foundation,
ARMENIA TREE PROJECT, 57/5 Arshakunyats Ave.,
Yerevan 0026, Armenia.
Tel.: (374 10) 447401/447402.
Tel/Fax: (374 10) 447726.
About the Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation
The Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation was established in July of 2005. It supports Synopsys' R&D operations in Armenia through a number of educational and social initiatives. Its activities are divided into two sections: educational and social. The Foundation's educational programs include support to all Synopsys educational programs for ongoing professional engineering education, conducted in cooperation with major Armenia universities. The Foundation also funds the RA Presidential Awards for the best students in the IT sector and sponsors various IT-related contests targeting students and young professionals. The foundation's social activities primarily assist the local communities.
About Synopsys Armenia CJSC and Synopsys, Inc.
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys established its presence in Armenia in 2004, after Armenia declared information technology (IT) as a priority business for the country. Since then, Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC) has become an important Synopsys site, providing R&D and product support in EDA, design for manufacturing (DFM) and the development of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). The company employs several hundred qualified Armenian engineers and is one of largest IT employers in Armenia. To help provide Armenia with highly qualified IT specialists, Synopsys Armenia invests locally in IT education and is engaged in a number of successful cooperation programs with major Armenian universities such as Yerevan State University (YSU), State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), American University of Armenia (AUA), Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University, and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technologies (MIET). The company consistently promotes public interest in the high tech industry by sponsoring Presidential Awards for the best students in IT and contests among young specialists and students, and engages the broader community through charity work and volunteer activities. Synopsys Armenia CJSC is located in Yerevan. Synopsys, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 60 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys, Inc. and Synopsys Armenia online at http://www.synopsys.com and http://www.synopsys.am.
Synopsys Armenia CJSC
41 Arshakunyats Avenue
ViaSphere Technopark, Bldg. #1
Republic of Armenia, 0026 Yerevan
T: (37410) 49 2356
F: (37410) 49 2696
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