WILMINGTON, Del.—Employees at Chemours Co., a global chemistry company with markets in fluoroproducts, titanium technologies and chemical solutions, celebrated International Volunteers Day Dec. 5 with service projects and events throughout the world.
The company said the volunteer efforts reflect the company's 10 goals that cover people, the planet and a more sustainable portfolio. Most of the activities were directed toward the company's goal of investing $50 million on safety, sustainability and education programs by 2030 in the communities where Chemours operates.
Chemours said hundreds of employees volunteered at more than 55 events across 21 locations in 11 countries around the globe, totaling nearly 700 hours of service.
The events included:
• In Wilmington, Del., home of Chemours' global headquarters, employees assembled 2,000 literacy kits for four local elementary schools that included items intended to encourage students to take an interest in STEM courses. Elsewhere in Wilmington, employees read the book "Sasha Loves to Code" to students at Carrie Downey Elementary, hosted an interactive session on STEM at the Urban Promise High School, and hosted a sustainability workshop at Kirk Middle School;
• In Fayetteville, N.C., staff picked up litter on the side of a highway, and hosted a toy drive and cake auction at the plant to help local families in need;
• In Asturias, Spain, Chemours staff members hosted an event with Mar de Niebla, a non-profit organization that helps teach job and interview skills to intellectually disabled adults;
• In Altamira, Mexico, employees helped paint the playground at the Escuela Despertar del Campesino elementary school. The school is near Chemours' titanium dioxide plant in the city; and
• In Tokyo, Chemours employees hosted a used book sale, with proceeds donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Nippon Foundation and the Cabinet Office fund for economically disadvantaged children.
Additionally, Mark Vergnano, Chemours president and CEO, will serve as the executive sponsor of the firm's Corporate Responsibility Commitment Program.
"We know that part of being a good business is being a good neighbor, and we're grateful for the opportunity to give back to the communities that have helped build us into the company we are today," Vergnano said.