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.
Giving Back to the Community
Horizons STEAM Winter Olympics
Our colleagues in Boston frequently volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children and families experiencing homelessness.
We recently sponsored “Fun Fridays” where children and their parents engaged in activities using materials in the Horizons STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) room, which The Cabot Foundation has helped fund. With activities such as "Snowmen Bowling," "Polar Bear Prints" and "Ice Melt Animal Rescue," the children and teachers of Horizons had fun decorating their space with an Olympic theme and playing and creating with science and art. Our Cabot Boston employees contributed to and supported the festivities by crafting medals using paper and ribbons and several of our team members also participated in the games.
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 non-profit 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. This project combines volunteer work from our employees and a specialized teacher who teach children from a local school about sustainability-related topics, including water consumption, recycling, citizenship, safety and more.
Flood Recovery Efforts
The Cabot Corporation Foundation funded a grant of €75,000 to Centres Publics d'Action Sociale, a municipal agency located in Pepinster, Belgium to support the July 2021 catastrophic flood recovery efforts.
As a member of the Pepinster community with a masterbatch facility that was impacted by the flood, this funding helps to provide social, medical and psychological assistance to individuals and families affected in the area, including financial assistance, meals, household clothing and goods, and other critical services. It also helps people whose homes were destroyed or deemed uninhabitable find alternative housing as they rebuild and recover.