A force for good

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Revealing the latest award success for SABIC in recognition of their dedication to the community and environment…

With its UK headquarters here on Teesside, global chemical giant SABIC’s role in “making change for the better” has been recognised by its peers across the North-East.

The Wilton-headquartered company received the FUJIFILM Diosynth Communities & Reputation Award at the 13th annual NEPIC Awards organised by the North East Process Industry Cluster at Hardwick Hall.

The Communities and Reputation Award was presented to SABIC in recognition of being “a realistic force for good” through an impressive range of community and charity initiatives that has put the firm at the forefront of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

As part of the firm’s prize, they were able to donate £2,000 to Children Challenging Industry, a project that inspires an interest in science subjects among primary schoolchildren.

The Communities and Reputation Award is given to the NEPIC member company that can clearly demonstrate an outstanding communities and reputation campaign across any aspect of social responsibility.

In the belief that responsible, caring companies are in a privileged position to help others and in turn be at the heart of the local community, the award honours the NEPIC member that is making change for the better.

SABIC have made it their responsibility to be at the heart of the local community. The range of corporate and social responsibility activity undertaken by their team over recent years has been vast. However, with the issue of plastic waste at the forefront of the public conscience, the focus over the past 12 months has been the environment.

Last year saw SABIC become one of the founding members of the UK Plastic Pact, a world-first initiative that aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK, to keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment. More recently the firm has become a founding member of the End Plastic Waste Alliance, with $1.5bn committed by 25 global companies over the next five years to consider and improve infrastructure, education, engagement, innovation and solutions.

The team also supported local marine waste activities; funding clean-up equipment, taking part in beach cleans and engaging with representatives from Plastic Free Communities. And SABIC was a major partner of Redcar’s Festival of Thrift that focuses on sustainable living.

SABIC also made a major contribution to support the Environment Agency with the flood defence work at Greatham Creek and annually providing more than £80,000-worth of water that is pumped on demand to the wildlife reserve from SABIC’s North Tees site.

The SABIC Education Liaison team reached out to over 5,000 school, college and university students during 2017/18 to talk about how plastics are made, the benefits they bring, but also the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

SABIC also sponsored NEPIC’s Small Business of the Year Award, which went to Reprotec in Durham.


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