Local outreach has been an essential element of our culture throughout our history, and we strive to make a positive and lasting difference in our communities.
Employees, through their generous spirit and willingness to lend their time and resources, are a natural extension of our community relations. We dedicate our time as supporters and volunteers at a variety of local and global organizations. Beyond time and labor, our global network of facilities donated a combined $600,000 to organizations and causes identified by local community outreach teams as ones that employees felt were important and would significantly benefit their neighbors or the environment.
In 2017, $850,000 was gifted by the Cabot Corporation Foundation, Inc., which works closely with members of the community to identify projects and organizations that require support to further their mission in the areas of education and literacy, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), environmental preservation and community and civic needs. We consider these main areas the cornerstones of building sustainable communities that future generations will depend upon, and therefore of the utmost importance. Overseen by a dedicated Board of Directors for the Cabot Foundation, grants are reviewed and selected with a great deal of care and consideration for how our contributions can generate valuable impacts for society and the environment.
Giving Back to the Community
Inspiring Young People to Tackle Climate Change
The Cabot Foundation has proudly served as the first corporate sponsor for the New England Aquarium’s ClimaTeens program, recognized with a 2016 Community Service Award from Youth Climate Action Network, and a 2015 Community Leadership Award from Greenovate Boston, which has been engaging teenagers on the topics of climate change and ocean conservation since 2013.
This year-long teen empowerment and education program attracts approximately 40 teenage students each year with a desire to learn more about these important topics. As part of the program, students design projects to inspire public audiences, particularly their peers, to take action in contributing to a more sustainable future. In 2017, a group of Boston and Billerica employees from different disciplines attended the students’ final presentations of their projects to show their support and offer advice on career choices in STEM fields to a highly motivated group of students eager to make a positive impact.
Walking For a Cause in Dubai
In February 2017, representatives from each department of our Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), facility took part in the Walk for Hope, a walkathon dedicated to raising funds for cancer patients from Pakistan, Syria, Philippines, India, Morocco and Lebanon.
The event was supported by the UAE Red Crescent and Dubai municipality, and our colleagues were proud to be well-represented among several other companies operating in the area.
Providing Meals for Community Members in Need
Cabot employees in Haverhill volunteered on a weekly basis with the Merrimack Valley Hope Mission to provide meals for those in need.
Our inkjet site in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA, became actively engaged with an outreach program that reaches impoverished and homeless members of the community. The Merrimack Valley Hope Mission is a nonprofit organization that helps feed hungry people in the area, and our colleagues graciously volunteered with the organization across 12 different Fridays in 2017 to support this cause. The facility purchased supplies which employees used to prepare and distribute bagged lunches to individuals in the downtown area or in shelters. Our colleagues were pleased to lend their helping hands to those in need in the surrounding Haverhill community.
Sharing Our Dedication to Safety
In 2017, our Specialty Fluids facility in Aberdeen, Scotland, partnered with AbSafe, a charitable organization dedicated to providing children with safety education, for a Safety Day at our facility.
Local employees were so inspired by AbSafe’s program that many underwent training to help the organization facilitate safety training sessions for children at local schools. AbSafe’s mission resonates deeply with Cabot’s commitment to safety. This charitable organization educates children on the fundamentals of personal safety through interactive and engaging lessons about everyday hazards. Topics covered include home and fire safety, drug abuse, cyberbullying, internet safety and more. To further support AbSafe in its mission following the educational trainings, the Cabot Foundation helped fund the development of water safety as a new subject covered in the program. This mutually beneficial partnership has allowed us to promote the importance of safety not only to our employees, but to the community at large.
Promoting STEM in the Classroom
Employees from Tuscola, Illinois, USA, joined forces with local schools and visited third through eighth grade classrooms to facilitate STEM demonstrations.
Some of the projects included building protective egg baskets, building rockets and creating a human energy circuit. In addition, employees participated in a collection drive for supplies that could be used for science experiments within the classrooms. With their help, every item on the wish lists of STEM supplies was collected and provided to local schools.
Giving Back to the Community in Cartagena
Many employees at our Cartagena, Colombia, facility participated in Mamonal Foundation projects in 2017.
This foundation funds a multitude of community projects with a focus on raising the quality of life, generating economic prosperity in the community and reducing the inequality gap in the population of Cartagena and surrounding areas. We were one of the founding companies of the Mamonal Foundation in Cartagena in 1975, and our Regional General Manager and Colombia Country Manager, Guillermo del Castillo, serves as the chairman. One way the Cartagena site contributed in a meaningful way was through the sponsorship of the Boomerang Scholarship project, through which bilingual technology scholarships were awarded to 12 low-income students with outstanding academic performance. In addition, 90% of the employees made voluntary donations that were matched by the facility to support the development of a children's daycare center for a nearby community in need.
Sponsoring Life Science Education in Glasglow
Employees at our Glasgow, Scotland, facility sponsored two elementary school classes to participate in Clyde in the Classroom, a hands-on project that uses a native Scottish species, the brown trout, to promote awareness of river ecology among youth from the Clyde River area.
The project encourages children to engage with nature and develop a sense of pride in their local environment. Students worked with the Clyde River Foundation scientists for several weeks to care for trout eggs in a specially designed classroom hatchery. The children then released the fish into the local river.
Inspiring Boston Public School Students
Employees in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, participated in a cleanup day and a 4K trail run to support the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.
The center provides adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility and academic achievement for students in communities of greater metropolitan Boston. As a result of our efforts, Thompson Island was better prepared to host thousands of Boston Public School children over the summer.