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.
Providing opportunities through apprenticeships
Maintaining a skilled workforce requires collaboration and commitment. In Kohtla-Järve, Estonia, Eastman has established a partnership with Eesti Töötukassa, a local employment agency, which allows community members to train and obtain on-the-job experience through apprenticeships at our company’s manufacturing facility. The collaboration has not only reduced unemployment in the Ida-Viru County of Estonia, but also allowed Eastman to identify potentially skilled team members living in this part of Eastern Europe.
Waste not, want not
Bringing improvements to Eastman’s recycling processes was the goal of one employee team when it voluntarily offered to dig through and assess 1,000 pounds of trash. The group’s piece by piece “trash audit” helped determine the amount of waste being produced and how many recyclable items were going to landfill. Key findings led to implementing single-stream recycling as well as improved processes for handling waste.