The voice of the community
For nearly three decades, Eastman has organized Community Advisory Panels in its plant locations. These are committees made up of local citizens and leaders who meet several times annually with Eastman representatives. Our Community Advisory Panel (CAP) members help us ensure we’re keeping the community’s best interests in mind. Currently, we have 12 panels in place globally, representing about 22 percent of Eastman’s total manufacturing locations.
Because workforce diversity and inclusion are of utmost importance at Eastman, we recently joined the National Center for Women & Information Technology Pacesetters campaign and hosted an inaugural "Sit With Me" event. This initiative’s broader purpose is to encourage gender parity in the technical fields, particularly information technology. We believe an inclusive, global culture in which everyone can do their best work makes our company and communities stronger. Learn More at www.eastman.com/sitwithme.
Inspiring young minds
Today’s global economy demands that students leave high school prepared for college and the workforce. Eastman partners strategically with educators, offering information, tools and experiences that prepare and guide students, while also giving them needed skills for living successful adult lives. When business and education come together, remarkable progress occurs.
Building a strong workforce
Eastman and other manufacturing companies sought to fill an impending skills gap in Northeast Tennessee by teaming up with government entities and Northeast State Community College to form the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. This unprecedented collaboration led to construction of a 26,000 square-foot facility called the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The facility provides training in the latest methodologies and equipment used in advanced manufacturing to meet workforce needs.
Being accountable for safety
With Eastman having over 14,000 employees around the globe, safety is always a top priority. We expect employees to assume personal accountability toward safety and to contribute daily toward the ultimate goal of no one getting hurt. Each person must be responsible and continuously demonstrate a safety mindset to care for and watch out for others. Eastman also provides employees and their families with numerous opportunities for maximizing overall personal health and wellness.
Strength in numbers
Eastman team members have a long history of donating personal time and talents to projects that help communities. Currently, more than 400 of our employees serve on philanthropic boards around the globe. In addition, team members donate tens of thousands of company-paid hours annually to help local service organizations achieve goals.