Rededicates Covestro i³ STEM Center at Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center
Establishes Covestro Employee Engagement Institute to Re-Imagine Employee Volunteerism for the 21st Century
Baytown, TX, October 1, 2015 — Covestro LLC, a leading polymer materials supplier, today unveiled i³ (ignite, imagine, innovate), its U.S.-based corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it.
To celebrate the launch in Baytown, Covestro affirmed its commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by unveiling the new Covestro i³ STEM Center at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center and launching its 2015-2016 Microscope Lab program at the center for all 1,700 Goose Creek Independent School District fifth graders.
Formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience, Covestro has a rich history of corporate citizenship in Baytown, where its largest manufacturing facility in North America is based. The i³ initiative will build on that tradition through its three pillars: i³ STEM, which ignites young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow through support of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education, workforce experience and employee volunteerism; i³ Engage, which re-imagines the way employees from for-profits and nonprofits engage with one another for more effective outcomes; and i³ Give, designed to innovate corporate philanthropy strategies that combine both human and financial resources to build stronger communities.
“Covestro is an innovation company that is using the three pillars of i³ to fuel our commitment to STEM education, employee volunteerism and philanthropy, and to envision the possibilities to make the world a brighter place,” said Rod Herrick, Vice President and Site Manager, Covestro Industrial Park Baytown.
In support of i³, Covestro i³ STEM volunteers will lead groups of students every Tuesday and Thursday from September through April in a series of hands-on experiments, teaching them the proper use and care of lab equipment while also instructing them in a microscope exercise and food chain discussions. The program also will emphasize the importance of sustaining the environment, nurturing Baytown eco-systems, and preserving fish, wildlife and vegetation for future generations.
“On behalf of all our Covestro i³ STEM volunteers, we are proud and excited to deepen our long-standing commitment to improving STEM education in our local schools,” said Herrick. “At Covestro, we understand firsthand how important it is that all students have access to these kinds of hands-on experiences, as well as to real-world working scientists and engineers to illustrate the job opportunities that exist in their backyard.”
In addition, Covestro announced the creation of the Covestro Employee Engagement Institute (CEEI) through a $300,000 grant to Robert Morris University at its Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management in Pittsburgh, Pa. CEEI seeks to build significant bonds between corporations and local nonprofit service organizations by providing innovative training and education for employees from both sectors. In turn, Covestro is laying a foundation for human capital philanthropy.
CEEI’s centerpiece programs are BoardsWork! and Skills-based Volunteer (SBV) Consulting, both of which match employees to nonprofits for service projects. Launched as a pilot program in 2015, roughly 20 Baytown employees have participated in SBV training and been matched with five local nonprofits, including the Art League of Baytown, Bay Area Homeless Services, Bay Area Rehabilitation Center, the YMCA and United Way.
CEEI will continue to benefit Covestro’s Baytown employees, as well as nonprofit organizations in this region.
For Covestro, CEEI also represents a powerful talent management tool, impacting both recruitment and retention. Research shows employees who feel more connected to their region want to stay in that region.
“Retaining our talent is a top priority,” said Rebecca Lucore, chief of staff at Covestro LLC. “CEEI will help us do that by providing myriad opportunities where our talent can engage together outside our company walls in the greater community and connect their passions, skills and ideas to the causes they care about most.”
About Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center:
Education lies at the heart of the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center, located on six acres along the banks of Goose Creek. The education and recreation programs offered aim to increase awareness, appreciation and understanding of wetlands, the environment and cultural history. Each year, thousands of visitors and school children come to the center in Baytown to learn about the importance of wetlands and their inhabitants.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,200 people at the end of 2014. Covestro is a Bayer Group company.
Find more information at www.covestro.com.
Jennifer Walsh, Phone: +1 281-383-6130
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