Our mission: Supporting the communities we operate in
INEOS Styrolution believes that community engagement is best led locally. This way we can steer best our activities towards where the most pressing needs are. We strive to be a good and welcome corporate citizen and want to make a difference in all local communities we operate in. We not only want to improve the quality of life at the company’s various locations, we are also committed to developing long-term and positive relationships with our neighbors. We place a strong focus on future generations and donate our efforts and money to drive initiatives that support the health and well-being of young and disadvantaged children. Therefore, we support local charity, sports and education programs and other areas determined by local community needs.
Our sustainability targets
We now have defined global sustainability targets for our community involvement activities. As of 2017, all INEOS Styrolution sites, offices and headquarters have been asked to commit to at least one meaningful corporate social responsibility (CSR) project per year. In order to realize this, each location has been given a specific incremental budget. We will report on them annually to disclose our progress.
Putting our mission into practice: INEOS Styrolution’s flagship initiatives to support future generations
READY, SET, GO RUN FOR FUN: INEOS AND INEOS STYROLUTION STAGE RUNNING EVENT FOR KIDSWe aim to motivate young kids to get involved in sports and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle on into adulthood. This is why we support our parent company INEOS with their global GO Run For Fun (GRFF) campaign. With already more than 206,600 children participating since its inception in 2013, the GRFF is the world’s largest running series for children, encouraging young people’s participation in sports. In Germany, GRFF is organized under the patronage of Hermann Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health.
In response to the very positive resonance, we expanded our GRFF series in 2016 and staged running events with 2,800 enthusiastic elementary school students aged between 5 and 11 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, close to our INEOS Styrolution global headquarters, and in the Chicago area, near our Americas headquarters, with volunteer support from several production sites in Germany and the Americas. In Texas, USA, where we operate two big styrene monomer sites, we teamed up with INEOS Olefins and Polymers and supported ten local GRFF events where nearly 10,000 elementary school kids participated in 2016.
INSPIRING KIDS IN SCIENCE AT PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE WITH KUNO
With our future generations in mind, we are committed to promoting educational projects. As the leading global styrenics supplier, we want to inspire interest in polymer science among young students at an early stage. Through a series of child-oriented scientific experiments, we introduce primary school kids playfully to the world of chemistry and plastics, to explore the wide variety of properties and applications plastics have. In cooperation with PlasticsEurope Germany e.V. and the teacher training center lfbz Chemie University Frankfurt, we provide free teacher trainings as well as "Kunos coole Kunststoff-Kiste", an experimental kit for child-oriented scientific experiments, to all interested primary schools in Germany, Poland, Italy and the UK. Beyond our efforts for primary schools, we support doctorates at universities with scholarships, for example in the field of R&D.