Finding new ways to inspire innovation is a primary company-building exercise at Eastman – one that nearly always goes beyond the workplace and into nearby schools and communities.
Teaching conservation to our youth
With a focus on STEAM education, Eastman often invests in unique educational opportunities. Eastman partners with the Keep Kingsport Beautiful organization’s annual Conservation Camp, targeting fourth-grade students in the headquarters’ regional community. The three-day-event introduces students to a variety of environmental learning activities through a series of hands-on learning stations.
Because Eastman has its European Headquarters in the Netherlands, having a skilled workforce in Europe is critical to our company. In partnership with the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University – one of the world’s top business schools – we leverage the institution's expertise in executive development and training, business recruitment, research, and marketing and branding to provide opportunities for leadership and workforce development.
Applying engineering to robotics
Eastman team members at various sites mentor high school students participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international contest in which student teams design, construct and program industrial-sized robots to perform specific tasks. The robots then compete against one another in regional and district events throughout the world and the event provides an opportunity for students to apply engineering and problem solving skills in a team environment.