1920 Founded in 1920 by the remarkable pair – Arthur Pitney and Walter Bowes – Pitney Bowes opened for business with a seemingly simple, yet significant invention – the world's first U.S. Postal Department-approved postage meter.
1940 Pitney Bowes Chairman Walter H. Wheeler Jr., resigns from a private club in protest of the city's anti-Semitic membership policy. He vows that the company's employee roster would be representative of the ethnic and racial population of Samford, Connecticut. 1940smore
1950 Pitney Bowes is recognized by the National Urban League for "leadership in providing better job opportunities for Negroes in industry."
1964 Pitney Bowes is recognized by the National Urban League for "leadership in providing better job opportunities for Negroes in industry."
1971 Nicklis' successor, Fred Allen, gives an impassioned speech on Corporate Social Responsibility at the International Chamber of Commerce meeting in Switzerland. The basic tenets of his speech (courtesy, respect, ethics and morals) become known as Pitney Bowes' Business Practice Guidelines.
1980s Pitney Bowes moves to significantly increase the number of women in sales profession. Pitney Bowes begins recruiting at five Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
1987 Chairman George Harvey creates the Women's Resource Group and the Minorities Resource Group.
1990 Pitney Bowes establishes Work Life Task Force. The company is featured on the covers of Fortune and BusinessWeek magazines as an innovator in creating career opportunities for women and minorities. 1990smore
2000 Pitney Bowes celebrates “Diversity Around the World” with global diversity day observance in its 134 offices around the world. 2000smore
2010 Pitney Bowes sponsored the National Urban League’s plenary on education that opened with an inspiring speech from President Barack Obama, who was introduced by Murray D. Martin, Chairman, President and CEO. 2010smore