Support the communities in which we operate, with a primary focus on encouraging young people to work within science and technology

We add value to local communities around the world through educational initiatives and by encouraging employees to get involved in local good causes. This approach is how we establish the strong relationships that are essential to maintaining our social licence to operate: building trust and respect with local communities. It can also improve our employees’ performance and sense of achievement, whilst helping us recruit new talent and ensuring that we have a positive influence around the world. To support our local communities, we allow all of our employees to donate 1% of their working time through our employee volunteer scheme, the 1% Club. This volunteer work is focused on two areas

Community education: To raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by providing targeted support to schools, colleges and universities primarily in areas where we operate. This helps us improve the learning and career prospects of local people, enhance our reputation, and develop the employee skills necessary for our future growth by investing in the people who will deliver it

Community involvement: Through which we can respond both proactively and reactively to local needs and deliver tangible benefits, whether that is helping to clean the local environment, collecting donations that support the vulnerable, or extending our work with schools to include reading classes, for example.

Highlights include:

  • 6,321 hours of employee time volunteered through our 1% Club community scheme
  • 24.5% if employee volunteering hours were used for educational initiatives in schools
  • Launch of a global network to connect employees delivering science education in schools

A few examples of the great activities our employees have participated in across the globe include:

Reaching teens in the UK

Adeline Coulson, Lead Applications Scientist, and Sam Alexander, Applications Scientist, based in the UK recently participated in a Teen Tech event that took place at a local football stadium. Adeline said: “It was a great opportunity to showcase how a scientific degree could lead into the Personal Care industry and to also highlight that this career is suitable for both males and females.” Over 300 students aged 12-13 from schools throughout the East Yorkshire region attended the event, with 30 companies participating.

Environmental lessons in China

For the past two years,Mandy Wang, Technical Services Executive in China has used her 1% Club time to deliver science classes to students, donating hours to designing experiments, preparing the lessons and delivering them to over 130 students in the Sichuan Province. She taught the students about the impact of carbon dioxide on the environment and showed them how to save energy and reduce emissions. Feedback was really positive from both teachers and the children who;said such activities help to stimulate their interest in chemistry by ‘bringing it to life’.

Making bubbles in Argentina

Gabriel Amato, Account Manager in Argentina has devoted 18 hours of his work time to various activities, including delivering a science lesson to 35 eight year olds.  They enjoyed playing with different soap bubbles, creating a hand cream and even modifying a polymer.

To read more about how we support our neighbours through Community Education & Involvement, please read our Sustainability Report.