Communities & Reputation Award Winner 2019

Sponsored by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

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

Responsible, caring companies are in a privileged position to help others and in turn be at the heart of the local community. In an ever-challenging business environment, this award will honour the NEPIC member that is making change for the better and is a realistic force for good.

Winner: SABIC UK Petrochemicals
Beneficiary School: Children Challenging Industry 

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 the team over recent years was vast, however, with the issue of plastic waste at the forefront of the public conscience the focus for 2018 was the environment.

2018 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.

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

SABIC also made a multi-million contribution to support the Environment Agency with the flood defence work at Greatham Creek and annually provide over £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 has 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 too the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. They also hosted two Summer Schools for engineering undergraduates and continued its support of the National Citizen Service project, Hide Tide cadetships, school visits, work experience placements and mentoring sessions.

Over 30 local organisation and community groups were also supported by SABIC’s employees’ £10,000 scrap metal fund, and a further £30,000 contributed to community events, education work, charities and to support local government initiatives.

However, with more than 3,500 hours given in volunteering and £90,000 through in-kind support, much of the success of SABIC’s communities and reputation activities is down to its employees who give up their free time to volunteer and fundraise.

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