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Our company's response to COVID-19
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Our company's response to COVID-19
Each day we are presented with new challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we learn more from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centers for Disease Control (ECDC) and other health authorities about this virus and how it is spread, we are making decisions to help protect our LyondellBasell family and the communities where we operate in every way we can. It’s times like these when it’s important to express our gratitude. Thank you to our workforc...
Workforce Development is Key to Our Industry’s Vitality
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Workforce Development is Key to Our Industry’s Vitality
I recently had the honor of surprising 10 San Jacinto (San Jac) College students by awarding each of them a $2,500 scholarship from LyondellBasell. The sincere shock on their faces when told their financial burdens had been relieved is a memory I will take with me long after my career. The opportunity to surprise these deserving students was exciting and opened the door for more reflection. Our initial aim was to help these students advance in their Process Technology or Instrumentation...
Preparing for Severe Weather During a Pandemic
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Preparing for Severe Weather During a Pandemic
The start of hurricane season is a reminder that our families, businesses and communities need to be ready for the next big storm. Preparedness plans make the ultimate difference for each of our sites by defining how to prepare, operate and recover in the event of severe weather, including a tropical storm or hurricane. These plans ultimately are in place to help minimize damage to the plant while maximizing employee safety. Preparing for severe weather in today’s environment poses plenty of...
Making Better Boats Possible
Innovation
Making Better Boats Possible
Summer is finally here and for some, that means boating season has officially kicked-off. As quarantine restrictions are easing in some places around the globe, families are eager to get out of the house and spend some time on the open waters.  A boat is typically considered a luxury item, similar to a high-end vehicle. However, many don’t think about washing and waxing a boat like you would a prized performance car. If you have ever noticed a boat with color that is fading or washed out, it ...
Keeping Your Fruits and Vegetables Fresher Longer
Innovation
Keeping Your Fruits and Vegetables Fresher Longer
There’s nothing more enjoyable than lush, fresh produce and fruit. And there’s nothing more disappointing than having it spoil before you even open the package. Today more than ever, packaging is playing a critical role when it comes to extending the shelf life of food and reducing food waste. The packaging of produce is complex due to the demanding and differing requirements to retain freshness. When many fruits and vegetables begin to mature, they release ethylene gas which can cause faster...
LyondellBasell Donates PPE to Thousands of Essential Workers Throughout Europe
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LyondellBasell Donates PPE to Thousands of Essential Workers Throughout Europe
One of the best defenses we have against COVID-19 is the use of facial coverings. For frontline workers and healthcare professionals there is critical demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), especially facemasks and face shields. To help fill the gap and protect these hardworking men and women on the front lines, LyondellBasell sites in Europe collaborated with key partners to facilitate cross-industry initiatives, donating facemasks and face shields in France, Germany, U.K. and...
Protecting Us and Our Loved Ones
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Protecting Us and Our Loved Ones
All around the globe, citizens have been advised to wear face masks to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. While many of us have grabbed sewing machines to make home-made facial coverings out of textile, surgical and respirator face masks are made industrially. What is the difference between surgical and respirator masks? Surgical masks are fairly loose-fitting face coverings that can be bought in pharmacies. The edges of the mask do not form a seal around the nose and mouth. This is...
LyondellBasell Asia Provides Local Community Service during COVID-19
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LyondellBasell Asia Provides Local Community Service during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 crisis, LyondellBasell (LYB) has been committed to community service. Team LYB India and Indonesia opened their hearts to support locals through food and charitable donations. LyondellBasell India donated food packages and cash with a total value of $15,880 USD (1.2 million INR) to the Chief Minister Relief Fund-COVID-19 and local government collector offices. The donation is utilized to support three regions: Nashik, Vadodara and Kancheepuram, where LyondellBasell India...
LyondellBasell Office-Based Personnel Adjust to A New Normal
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LyondellBasell Office-Based Personnel Adjust to A New Normal
After weeks of working remotely, LyondellBasell employees in downtown Houston, TX and Rotterdam, the Netherlands are gradually being reintroduced to office life, where new safety measures and processes are a reminder of the new normal COVID-19 has forced upon all of us. “Return to the workplace does not mean a return to normal, but rather to a new normal,” said Richard Roudeix, senior vice president, olefins and polyolefins, Europe, Asia and International. “Although in most countries the peak...
Virtual Training and Education Solutions During COVID-19
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Virtual Training and Education Solutions During COVID-19
Training is essential for industrial companies, especially given the general shortage of skilled workers. When approximately 150 apprentices at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling/Knapsack site in the south of Cologne, Germany, were sent home in mid-March due to contact restrictions related to COVID-19, suspending the training and education needed was not an option. LyondellBasell is nationally recognized in Germany for the quality of its training program, and the team was intent on creating new...
Plastic Sustainability Needs Innovation…But It Can Also Drive It
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Sustainability
Plastic Sustainability Needs Innovation…But It Can Also Drive It
No one I know wants waste plastic in the environment, and everyone I know wants to find a solution to this problem. The good news is LyondellBasell is working in earnest to accelerate the circular economy, create innovative chemical recycling processes, and develop new business models like our mechanical recycling QCP joint venture . Even during this challenging period of COVID-19, our company remains committed to our sustainability strategy and related actions.  Around the world, I think mos...
Employees Extend Their Generosity to Seniors and Families During Pandemic
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Employees Extend Their Generosity to Seniors and Families During Pandemic
Senior citizens are among the highest populations to be the most vulnerable during this pandemic with a higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. To avoid becoming infected, many seniors are isolated from their loved ones, which can cause them to feel lonely and anxious. To help ease some of the stress and anxiety seniors may be experiencing, LyondellBasell employees teamed up with Love for the Elderly  in the U.S., Rotterdammers voor Elkaar  in the Netherlands and...
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