Resilience in the face of adversity characterized so much about 2020, but no one can do it alone. More than ever, our communities needed our involvement to help them weather the challenges of this year. We are proud to share our own strength with the communities that surround us, helping improve lives and meeting our Corporate Responsibility Commitment (CRC) goals.
Our 2020 Vibrant Communities Highlights
- Created and led the industry-wide Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) in collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemistry Council, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Foundation.
- Held our second global CRC Day, during which employees in 13 countries dedicated more than 1,200 participation hours.
- Expanded our Future of Chemistry Scholarship program to Houston, Texas, and to Shanghai, China, bringing our total to nine programs.
- Began developing a school partnership program to inspire the next generation of STEM workers at local middle schools.
Committing to Community Relief and Investing in Our Shared Future
Our global communities had an urgent need in 2020: staying safe and healthy during the pandemic. Chemours responded by establishing our COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and awarded $371,800 in grants in 21 locations around the world. Our support helped over 185,000 community members and earned us recognition with the 2021 American Chemistry Council Responsible Care Award.
We also continued our preexisting investment in community programs that make life better, invigorate STEM talent, increase safety, and support the environment. In 2020, we donated $6.5 million, bringing our cumulative investment to $9.8 million since 2018.
Consistent Engagement with Our Communities
While the pandemic curtailed some of the in-person activities of the Community Advisory Board (CAB), we kept a steady pace of community engagement. Manufacturing sites transitioned to virtual CAB meetings so that we could discuss site projects, provide updates on site operations, and consider any community concerns. These meetings produced real change. Here’s how:
- Discussions with the CAB at our Dordrecht facility led to upgrades to the site’s website to provide neighbors with additional information they desired.
- At our New Johnsonville facility, the CAB helped the plant leadership take community thinking into account as the site sought to reduce its landfill intensity.
- Fayetteville’s CAB provided an important line of communication to the community, keeping our neighbors informed on our emissions reduction and remediation activity.