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Making locations more livable

Social responsibility is deeply anchored in Covestro's corporate culture. The company's approach aims at improving quality of life for people. After all, Covestro benefits from a prosperous environment around its sites, where a majority of Covestro's employees live.

Covestro has developed a donation strategy specifically tailored to the needs in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). It is based on feedback from those who benefit from its donations. Discussions with representatives from the local communicities help Covestro to determine the areas in which the company's support is needed most.

Almost all municipalities mentioned digitalization as a key area for improvement. Schools and other educational institutions, in particular, often do not have access to the proper equipment. Hence, Covestro donations mainly support projects that accelerates the digital transformation around its three NRW sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen and make municipalities brighter places to live.

In Brunsbüttel, Covestro regulary supports a variety of associations, initiatives and schools. This allows a wide range of different project partners to benefit from Covestro's commitment to its production sites.

Donation projects in Leverkusen

Training center for teachers: Media studio

In 2019, Covestro supported the construction of a Media studio in Leverkusen. A financial contribution from the company helped the city to build a central, innovative training center for teachers with state-of-the-art equipment - including interactive, mobile touchscreens, notebooks, tablets, and teaching software. The media studio offers teachers the opportunity to deal with challenges associated with digitization through practical exercises.

Leverkusen’s mayor Uwe Richrath (center) tests out the modern technology in the Media studio alongside Dr. Klaus Schäfer (right), Chief Technology Officer of Covestro, as well as Dr. Daniel Koch (left), Managing Director of Covestro’s facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Teachers need to have access to state-of-the-art hardware and software. This is the only way they can align their lessons with the latest digital technology and teach students how to handle new media – in particular as they prepare for their professional careers. The Media studio helps teachers to structure their lessons in a more effective, diverse and productive way. This is something everyone can benefit from.

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Other projects Covestro has supported in Leverkusen

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    iPads in German remedial classes

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    Digital blackboards

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    Playfully arouse interest

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    Digital learning

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    FFP2 masks for the fire department

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    Balkantrasse booster club

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    Supporting the media symposia in Leverkusen

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    Passenger benches for the Rheinisch-Bergisch district

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    Interactive white boards for community school in Leverkusen

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Digital blackboards

It is the beginning of a new era at the Gemeinschaftsgrundschule (GGS) Büscherhof in Leichlingen: Thanks to a Covestro donation, the community school was able to purchase two digital blackboards. Teachers can now prepare children with special needs more individually for lessons or revise them. The interactive devices illustrate learning content much better and really motivate the students to participate.

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Playfully arouse interest

As of June 2021, Leverkusen’s public library has been encouraging children to understand digital technology through play thanks to a Covestro donation. Two sets with the Beebot – floor-mounted robots, which look like bees – offer a child-friendly introduction to programming. But there is more: Kits with books, games, and teaching materials animate children to read, tell stories, and try things out. This makes science topics fun for primary and pre-school children!

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Digital learning

Photo: City of Leverkusen

Children in refugee accommodations find it particularly difficult to participate in digital classes – especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Homeschooling has been made possible at the Sandstraße community facility run by the city of Leverkusen since February 2021. A Covestro donation of €3,000 was used to purchase laptops, headphones, and printers as well as to install a Wi-Fi connection.

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FFP2 masks for the fire department

For Covestro, helping out our neighbors is a matter of honor – especially during the coronavirus pandemic. In March of 2020, the city of Leverkusen found itself temporarily unable to handle the extremely high demand for protective equipment. Covestro donated 3,200 FFP2 masks from its own inventory to the city's fire department.

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Balkantrasse booster club

The Balkantrasse is a unique hiking and cycling pathway built on a former railway from Opladen to Remscheid. It offers an exciting getaway to the Bergische and Oberbergische Land. Volunteers of the “Balkantrasse” booster club keep the section in Leverkusen – a route that stretches over six kilometer – in shape. Tree maintenance and cutting work on steep slopes and bridges has been carried out by professional companies since the Covestro donation in 2019.

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iPads in German remedial classes

Many pupils at Theodor Wuppermann School in Leverkusen had to leave their home countries because of war. They are supposed to learn German in special support groups within two years. Thanks to a Covestro donation, the school can now use 32 iPads in remedial classes. The tablets help the children to learn German playfully and intuitively at their own pace. This is another important step for the integration in their new environment.

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Supporting the media symposia in Leverkusen

Photo: City of Leverkusen

The municipal education office of Leverkusen put on a two-day conference in May 2019, where 300 participants could improve their digital media skills. The Media studio also showcased its range of services in an accompanying exhibition.

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Passenger benches for the Rheinisch-Bergisch district

Passenger benches have been available in Burscheid, Kürten, Leichlingen and Odenthal since October 2018. They expand the existing mobility concepts of the municipalities. The passenger benches offer people without vehicle the opportunity to stay mobile. When someone sit on the bench, they can use notice boards to show passing drivers that they would like a ride to a neighboring town. This promotes a sense of community in rural communities, while protecting the environment.

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Interactive white boards for community school in Leverkusen

Since July 2018, five interactive whiteboards have enabled teachers at the community school Gemeinschaftsgrundschule (GGS) Im Steinfeld to use multimedia to teach some of the lessons. This helps students learn more effectively. They also gain additional skills to handle information more responsibly and confidently.

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Magnetic light panel for visually impaired children

As of 2019, visually impaired children who live around Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen have a new therapy tool available at the LVR-Severin School in Cologne: a magnetic light panel that children can use to improve their sight and motor skills in an entertaining way. Covestro helped the booster club at the school purchase the “LiteScout”. The light panel in the board and the color filters used in different learning games are protected by a polycarbonate film from Covestro.

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Donation projects in Dormagen

DINT Forum as a multi-media learning facility

Covestro supported the construction of a central, alternative learning facility at the Volkshochschule Dormagen in 2018. The DINT Forum is designed to offer school children, trainees, companies and associations a multi-media learning environment. Guests can learn more about topics related to digitalization, computer sciences, natural sciences and technology.

Erik Lierenfeld (center), Mayor of the city of Dormagen, Dr. Ute Müller-Eisen, Head of Politics at Covestro in North Rhine-Westphalia, and Dr. Daniel Koch (right), Managing Director of Covestro’s facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia, stand in front of the active panel, the heart of the DINT Forum.

Thanks to a donation from Covestro, the training room at the DINT Forum was equipped with a digital active panel. It allows students to write or draw all at the same time. In addition, the active panel can upload content and materials directly to connected mobile devices, supporting collaborative learning and teaching. iPads, laptops, printers, and instructional software are now available in this “digital classroom” to ensure a multimedia learning experience.

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Other projects Covestro has supported in Dormagen

Small amphitheater

The small amphitheater in Dormagen is a true eye-catcher. Here is where citizens can connect to public Wi-Fi while taking a small break from their everyday life. For city insitutions such as the adult education center, the city library or schools and kindergartens, the amphitheatre is the perfect location to hold events, readings, and games outside. Students, who study at the nearby DINT Forum, can also work on their learning material using their iPads on the stairs of the digital square. Covestro made the construction of the small amphitheater possible with a donation of 25,000 euros.

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3D printed masks

During the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020, Dormagen resident Lars Bognar had an idea: he wanted to produce masks to meet the needs of his city using a 3D printer. In a joint effort, Covestro supported ChemLab Dormagen, which promotes digital innovations, in acquiring more 3D printers and donated 7,000 euros. As a result, 1,000 masks were handed over to the city of Dormagen. After the end of the aid campaign, the 40 3D printers went to secondary schools in Dormagen.

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Free Wi-Fi in Dormagen

Alongside the Verein Freifunk Rheinland e.V. and the city of Dormagen, Covestro connected four central locations (at the Dormagen and Nievenheim train stations, the skater and biker park in Horrem and Helmut-Schmidt-Platz) to a extensive, public Wi-Fi network in Dormagen. Since 2018, citizens have access to fast, free internet in these areas.

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Laptops for Raphaelshaus

In September 2018, Covestro performed technical overhauls and updates of laptops for the Jugendhilfezentrum Raphaelshaus in Dormagen. Children and adolescents can now use modern devices to do their homework, research, write applications, or play games, or use the devices for creative applications as well.

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Donation projects in Krefeld-Uerdingen

Promoting media competence in Krefeld-Uerdingen: Zentrum für digitale Lernwelten

As of November 2018, schools in Krefeld have a central location for digital education at the Zentrum für digitale Lernwelten. The center is a place where teachers can take training courses and learn about digital devices and media. The offer is also available to school children for extra-curricular learning.

Thanks to support from Covestro, the center was able to purchase modern presentation technologies such as projectors, a smart TV and smart board, learning software like Ozebot, Calliope and Lego WeDo, and laptops, 3D printers and an audio system. With the help of learning apps and content tailored to individual learning levels, students can learn more about algorithms, programming and the control of complex technologies.

This allows them to program Lego robots, for instance, which then automatically move blocks from A to B to load and unload them. Students learn basic digital skills and more challenging programming abilities in a entertaining manner. Teachers also benefit from it. They can decide which devices and programs are suitable for their lessons.

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Other projects Covestro has supported in Krefeld-Uerdingen

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    FabritzLab establishes cooperations

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    “LegoWeDo” learning application

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    iPads for elementary schools

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    Display cases for Uerdinger Heimatbund in Krefeld

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    Berufskolleg Uerdingen: Experiments with “renewable energy”

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    Digital measurement data acquisition system for Gymnasium Marienschule

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“LegoWeDo” learning application

Learning how to program is now way easier for school children of Krefeld's primary school. In June 2020, 18 primary schools each received a class set of 16 kits of the learning application “Lego Education WeDo 2.0.” The kit contains around 280 individual parts and instructions for 17 exciting, child-friendly research projects that students and teachers can build in 40 learning units. By completing the kits, children have the opportunity to learn the basic logic of programming in an entertaining way. Students start off by building a model with the Lego bricks before bringing it to life using a simple and intuitive programming language. As a result, dealing with new digital technology becomes more natural for primary school children. Covestro funded the program of the „Zentrum für digitale Lernwelten“ (ZfdL) - Center for digital learning) with 49,000 euros.

Now, it is easy as pie for Krefeld's primary school students to program.

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iPads for elementary schools

Photo: City of Krefeld

Thanks to a €43,000 Covestro donation, five inner-city Krefeld elementary schools could each afford a class set of 16 iPads with rolling cases and accessories in March 2021. These elementary schools have many students with a migration background or with little knowledge of German and special educational needs. Now these children will also receive pedagogical training to learn independently and interactively.

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FabritzLab establishes cooperations

Photo: Gymnasium Fabritianum, Thomas Tillmann

The FabritzLab at high school Fabritianum is an school research laboratory. It offers students great experimenting and researching conditions since September 2021. Moreover, the FabritzLab increases cooperation between Krefeld schools, companies, the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and local association. This has mainly two benefits: the promotion of scientific talents and STEM subjects. Thanks to a Covestro donation, the booster club was able to purchase the movable ceiling systems for media supply.

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Display cases for Uerdinger Heimatbund in Krefeld

The Uerdinger Heimatbund wants to preserve the history of the industrial district of Krefeld-Uerdingen and bring it back to life. To fulfill its mission, the historical asscociation runs the Heimat- und Industriemuseum in Uerdingen to maintain its traditions and supports historical preservation. Since July 2020, the association has been informing the public about its extensive activities in a new display case. Covestro supported the purchase of the info case with a donation.

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Berufskolleg Uerdingen: Experiments with “renewable energy”

Since October 2018, students at the Berufskolleg Uerdingen have been planning hands-on science experiments using a digital measurement data acquisition system. The projects at the vocational college focussed mainly on producing renewable energy. The experimental equipment includes modern electronic sensors, a solar panel and a wind turbine kit. Measured values and results are recorded, stored digitally, and can be analyzed on a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone afterwards.

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Digital measurement data acquisition system for Gymnasium Marienschule

As of September 2018, school children at the Gymnasiums Marienschule – a high school in Krefeld-Uerdingen – can transmit measured data they have recorded with the digital measurement data acquisition system during class to a USB stick and evaluate the results at home. This helps them learn to work with, manage and analyze large amounts of data early on. This approach helps school childrend to learn skills that will be crucial in their later professional lives.

This is how they learn to manage and analyze large quantaties of data.

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Playgrounds for children in need

The non-profit Diakoniewerk Duisburg has operated the Jugendhilfeeinrichtung Scheifeshütte for families in need since 2018. Employees of the youth service institution, which is situated near Krefeld, support resident children of different age groups. Thanks to a donation from Covestro, a large nest swing and sandbox were installed for the outdoor area of the facility in spring 2019. The new playground equipment is fun and entertaining for children as well as their parents.

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Donation projects in Brunsbüttel

1,000 protective masks for the Westküstenklinikum in Brunsbüttel

During the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, some medical institutions ran out of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their staff. In mid-April 2020, Covestro donated 1,000 FFP2 face masks to the Westküstenklinikum in Brunsbüttel. The masks were urgently needed for the doctors and nursing staff at the clinic. The FFP2 face masks have particulate filtration and help to protect the user against nearby germs.

Günter Jacobsen, Deputy Managing Director of Covestro’s facility in Brunsbüttel (right), and Dr. Marc Voßkämper, Medical Head of Covestro Brunsbüttel (left), hand over the FFP2 masks while maintaining appropriate distance from Dr. Thomas Thomsen, Medical Director of the Westküstenklinik (2nd from left) and Axel Schultz, Business Manager of the Westküstenklinik (2nd from right).

It was important to Covestro to support local organizations and be a good neighbor during the coronavirus pandemic. The Westküstenklinik did have a good PPE-stock before the outbreak of the pandemic, but welcomed Covestro's help due to the uncertain supply situation at that time. The donation provided the Westküstenklinik with additional security.

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Other projects Covestro has supported in Brunsbüttel

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    Freundeskreis Hospiz Dithmarschen e. V.

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    German Maritime Search and Rescue Association

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    Promoting STEM

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    Sports clubs in Brunsbüttel

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Freundeskreis Hospiz Dithmarschen e. V.

The approximately 70 volunteers of the hospice association accompany people with terminal illness on their final days of life. They also act as contact persons for mourners of the deceased, offer comfort or give people a smile. In 2019, Covestro donated 3,000 euros to the hospice association. Another 2,150 euros came from the Works Council.

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German Maritime Search and Rescue Association

For several years, Covestro has been donating regularly to projects of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Association in Brunsbüttel. The money is used to update the fleet and equipment. A modern infrastructure is essential, since the local team in Brunsbüttel has to act as quick as possible if they have to rescue injured or ill sailors from large ships in the Elbe or the Kiel Canal.

Promoting STEM

Covestro supports schools in Brunsbüttel and the surrounding areas in teaching so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math). The funding focuses specifically on projects designed provide practical teaching methods to students from all types of schools. With the help of modern technology, experimental kits, and measuring equipment, the subject matter is presented in a more appealing and interesting way. This approach inceases the students' enjoyment of the STEM-subjects.

Sports clubs in Brunsbüttel

In Brundsbüttel, many employees and their family members either actively participate in sports or are working as a volunteer at one of the local sports clubs. Covestro appreciates their engagement, and supports these clubs regularly with donations. These donations focus specifically on the sports of soccer, track and field, tennis and sailing.

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