Throughout our history, we have maintained a strong sense of community and have strived to be a good corporate citizen.
We understand the value of partnering with the communities in which we operate, and we recognize that thriving and resilient communities are essential for a sustainable future. Community engagement benefits our neighbors, resonates with employees on a personal level and allows us to operate with the trust and confidence of our neighbors. We are fortunate to have a workforce comprised of many individuals who are willing and able to contribute to this important effort by offering their time and skills that have a positive impact on our communities.
In 2020, we donated more than $1.7 million to worthy causes around the world through the Cabot Foundation and facility-level donations. With 91% of our sites engaging in volunteering, site-level donations, or Foundation giving activities, collectively, these contributions supported a broad spectrum of activities with positive impacts spanning social, educational, cultural, health, science and technology, and environmental improvements for the communities in which we operate.
Building a Strong Foundation for the Future at Campana, Argentina
Colleagues from our Campana, Argentina facility undertook several initiatives to help future generations thrive.
The team worked with CreSiendo, a group of pediatricians and other medical professionals, to deliver food donations to local families with children facing severe nutritional issues. They also partnered with Fundación Cimientos to offer tutoring and a scholarship to help high school students in challenging situations complete their studies. To assist young adults pursuing degrees in chemical engineering, our team supported the National Technological University with Cabot Foundation funds to purchase a process simulator.
Caring for the Environment
Employees at our Pepinster, Belgium site volunteered with “Operation Clean Rivers.”
The team cleared trash and other debris from the banks of the Hoëgne River, which flows alongside our facility. By taking the time to care for our local environment, our team is upholding our commitment to act responsibly for the planet.
Supporting veterans with their career transitions
As part of a new partnership sponsored by the Cabot Foundation with American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit encouraging Americans to support transitioning service members.
Through monthly engagements, our volunteers worked with these individuals to review resumes, prepare for interviews, network and explore professional development opportunities. In doing so, we were able to not only show our gratitude for service people, but we also helped our veterans prepare for fulfilling and successful careers in the next chapter of their lives.
Next generation of sustainability leaders in Maua, Brazil
Our colleagues from the Maua, Brazil, facility introduced an educational program to address topics not traditionally taught in local schools.
Named “Project Semear (Seed),” the program aims to inspire youth in the community to help address environmental and social issues, educate their peers and family members, and learn habits that will prepare them to be responsible adults. More than 30 employees volunteered with a specialist teacher to provide weekly lessons to 9 and 10-year-olds on citizenship and environmental best practices like proper garbage disposal and water and energy conservation. The program proved to be hugely successful with students enthusiastic to learn about how they could make positive impacts throughout the community and teach others to do the same.