Eastman is the first U.S.-based chemical company to join Together for Sustainability, an international organization that supports supply chain transparency across the chemical industry. Comprised of procurement officers from leading chemical companies worldwide, the organization seeks to shape sustainable business models and establish open and constructive dialogues for improving working and environmental conditions in our industry’s supply chains.
Eastman strives to invest in its site communities and donated an 18-acre park to the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, to benefit local residents. Located in the Indian Orchard neighborhood, the park is open green space that has been utilized by plant employees and residents for more than 50 years. Eastman dedicated the park to Congressman Richard E. Neal, whose legacy of providing green space honors the families in this and surrounding communities who will enjoy the park for years to come.
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.
Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries
Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) is a student-led service learning initiative from Clemson University that works with local communities in rural Haiti to develop engineering solutions that improve quality of life. Eastman is proud to partner with this organization, both through financial support and by sharing employee expertise as mentors to CEDC students.
The Eastman Foundation is offering a matching gift opportunity for our partnership with CEDC in 2016. Help Eastman and CEDC create viable and meaningful change:
Volunteering in the classroom
Through our GEM4STEAM program (Growing Educational Mentors for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Eastman team members are encouraged to volunteer 40 hours per calendar year in the school systems. These mentors facilitate learning for students through tutoring, counseling, substitute teaching, laboratory demonstrations, classroom presentations and academic competitions.