International Volunteer Day is celebrated annually to recognize the time, efforts and contributions of volunteers from around the world. At LyondellBasell, we are proud to have a global community of employees that prioritize and help us give back to communities where we operate. As a company, we are committed to being a responsible and good neighbor, and we thank all of our volunteers around the world for helping make our commitment possible.
Through our global corporate citizenship program, Advancing Good, we invest in charitable organizations supporting three key focus areas: Advancing Our Communities, Advancing Our Planet and Advancing Tomorrow's Workforce. This year, we made meaningful impacts around the world with help from over 3,250 volunteers, who put in over 10,600 volunteer hours.
LyondellBasell employee volunteer Swapnil Bhujbal, who works as a technical service engineer at the company’s facility in Pune, India, said volunteering is deeply rewarding. Working with colleagues toward one common goal of making a difference in the lives of others builds a sense of pride, he said.
“I am proud to work at LyondellBasell and be a part of such a noble cause of giving back to the community and environment,” said Bhujbal. “Through the power of many, our company and employees are working for the betterment of the same. It feels really great!”
During our annual Global Care Day held Sept. 18, and beach clean-up events throughout the year, we:
- picked up over 24 tons (48,730 lbs.) of trash at local beaches, neighborhoods, parks and schools;
- planted more than 780 plants and trees; and
- installed and integrated over 60 bird houses and habitats.
On World Food Day Oct. 16, and through various food-drive events, we:
- delivered 5,600+ meals to our communities (3 tons or 6,700 lbs. of food); and
- distributed 3,370 healthy meals to children in need.
Additionally, we held a number of localized volunteer drives throughout the year where we:
- donated over 370 literacy kits to children around the U.S.; and
- distributed nearly 1,300 computers to students in Houston-area school districts.
“In addition to what is most significant – which is helping people in need in our local community – our volunteer events have promoted a sense of teamwork and inclusion,” said Marilyn Chapanar, LyondellBasell executive administrative assistant in Akron, Ohio. “At our volunteer events, associates work hand-in-hand with others who might be outside their normal circle. Additionally, partnering with local organizations has given LyondellBasell exposure in our local community.”
Through the power of many, our company and employees are advancing communities around the globe and the positive future we know is possible. Thank you to our employees for volunteering and Advancing Good.