We believe in giving back to the communities in which we operate in. Whether by partnering with local organizations, contributing to charitable causes or providing volunteers, it is critical that each site determines the most impactful way to give back to their respective communities that provided us the privilege to operate.
As part our continuing efforts to make a Positive Difference in our communities – and a critical part of our “Live Well” aspect of our EVP – our community relations strategy helps maximize impact in communities where we have operations and a corporate presence. The strategy includes three principles that guide the impact we aim to make:
- We are leaders in our communities: we perform vital roles within our communities, assisting with leadership and helping to develop talent.
- We are partners in education: we collaborate with local schools to create opportunities for children, while providing intrinsic value to our employees and future benefits for the community.
- We give back to our communities: we volunteer and financially sponsor initiatives that ensure sustainable communities.
Community Spotlight: When Hurricane Michael swept through Panama City in October 2018, Kraton US sites delivered necessities, like food and clothes, to our Panama City facility where it was distributed to those in need. We provided free generators to employees without electricity to ensure they had power while utility lines were down. More than $125,000 were raised through corporate and employee donations to help Kraton employees and their families, many of whom experienced loss of homes due to the hurricane. We are grateful to our Panama City colleagues who were able to swiftly clean up and bring the plant back online. Having met the needs of local employees, our site management set out to help the wider community. Panama City employees donated 10 pallets of life-saving materials and raised funds to support the Panama City Salvation Army.
Community Spotlight: As a major employer in Belpre, Kraton is an active participant in the community. We provide the Kraton Scholarship of $5,000 to high achieving students at Washington State Community College. We host Young Engineers and Scientists (YES) Days, allowing employees to spend the day with junior high school students and educate them on science and engineering opportunities. We partner with Belpre High School to encourage STEM career interest through various activities like supporting science fairs and mentorship programs.
Community Spotlight: Kraton employees volunteer to read and teach craftsmanship training and painting at Ningbi Elementary School in Jinyun County in Zhejiang Province. We also provide financial assistance to help the school build a library as part of the China Smile Library project, a nonprofit organization supporting China’s rural schools. Kraton’s contributions help these students gain access to books and encourage them to read.