A Positive Impact

Committed to Social & Corporate Responsibility

At the heart of our organization is a widespread commitment to responsible drinking. We partner with our customers, suppliers, industry organizations and members of local legislatures to combat drunk driving and underage drinking. Our efforts help ensure that our products are used wisely and responsibly. It’s not just good business-it’s the right thing to do.


All of our employees and agency partners are TIPS certified, solidifying our commitment to responsible drinking and selling. TIPS has been a global leader in alcohol safety training for more than 35 years. Program participants receive training by a certified TIPS instructor on recognizing the signs of intoxication and strategies for intervening effectively to prevent alcohol related problems. For more information go to tipscertified.com.


As a company based in New York State, we are committed to doing our part for the communities around us. Our employees are always looking for new ways to make this a part of our everyday operations, from installing energy-efficient technologies in warehouses, to recycling and going paperless to foster sustainable business practices.

Giving Back

Empire Merchants North takes pride in being an active community member, contributing products and monetary donations to many of our region’s non-profit organizations. Our employees and partners are also dedicated to improving the social well-being of the communities we serve through volunteer efforts and donations. Here are just a few of the organizations that we are proud to support:

Albany Chef’s Food and Wine Festival

Albany Chef’s Food and Wine Festival is an annual 3-day Food & Wine themed festival that supports the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, NY. This festival markets restaurants, chefs, and their original dishes; educates customers on healthy, feasible agriculture; and donates all net income directly to admirable non-profit arts organizations.

The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation

The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation is a 501 © (3) tax exempt New York not-for-profit organization operated solely for charitable purpose for John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The Foundation was created to support the specialized pediatric and women’s health services.

Make-A-Wish Northeast NY

Make-A-Wish is dedicated to granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Northeast Chapter of New York grants over 100 wishes a year.

Northern Dutchess Hospital

Northern Dutchess Hospital is non-profit hospital, that provides a range of emergency, medical and surgical services for over 140,000 people across the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Out Alliance

The Out Alliance is a Champion for LGBTQ Life and Culture. Their mission is to envision a future where all members of the Rochester LGBTQ communities can celebrate their lives in which they are safe, and fully respected.

The Pride Center of the Capital Region

The Pride Center of the Capital Region is the oldest Pride Center in the country, and their mission is to promote the well-being of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified people and those whose lives are affected by discrimination based on gender identity.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY

The Food Bank provides over 35 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies, ranging from Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in multiple communities. The food bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to worthy organizations serving hungry and disadvantaged people.

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House works hard to keep families together and near the care they need. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and their families by supporting, creating, and finding programs that help a sick child fight their illness.