Community Involvement

A world-class refinery. A first-class neighbor.

We recognize that being a socially responsible member of the community requires maintaining an open door for dialogue with our community and actively working to support community needs.

Community Involvement

Our managers meet regularly with a panel of residents, school officials and local business leaders to discuss the refinery's environmental and safety performance, community activities, and other concerns and expectations.

Community Outreach

Because Houston Refining shares a fenceline with a residential community, we are especially conscientious about our role as a good neighbor.

The refinery participates in community and industry groups to discuss community expectations and concerns. Managers meet monthly with citizens advisory panels in both Pasadena (PCAC) and Houston (HCAP)—a cross-section of residents and other petrochemical-plant representatives.

Plant managers also hold leadership roles in industry groups, such as Clean Channel, Houston Regional Monitoring, Economic Alliance, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, Greater Houston Partnership, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, East End (Houston) Chamber of Commerce, and the Pasadena and Houston Managers Networks.

Explore & Experiment

Through LyondellBasell's Explore & Experiment program, our employee volunteers offer hands-on science activities to local classrooms, sparking student interest in science. We also offer area teachers science-training workshops that help them use our Explore & Experiment curriculum in the classroom.

In addition, employees serve on numerous boards and school districts, including Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Independent School District Education Foundation, Pasadena Mayor's Crime Control and Communities in Schools/Southeast Texas. The refinery partners with several local schools in the Pasadena, Galena Park and Houston independent school districts.

Global Care Day

Thousands of our employees, worldwide, work to make a difference in the world by joining this annual community-service day.

This year, our Community Champions repaired Sarah's House, an emergency shelter for homeless women and children. They also rebuilt the concession stand and upgraded the stands and ball field at the Butch Guerrant Little League Field in Galena Park. And they painted park equipment, trimmed trees, refurbished the volleyball sandpit and took care of general maintenance at Oak Meadows Park in east Houston.


Our employees open their hearts and wallets to support local organizations. For example, they generously support local community-service agencies through an annual payroll-pledge campaign for the United Way.

In addition, employees annually give food, clothing and gifts to needy families during the winter holidays.


We encourage our employees' engagement in the local community.

Collectively, our employees spend hundreds of hours each month in volunteer service. They serve as emergency responders, science-fair judges, referees, mentors, Scout leaders, teachers, coaches and school-board members.