Covestro signs cooperation agreement with World Organization for Sustainability Leadership


Jointly promoting sustainability philosophy among the youth through the orator and illustrator contest
• New annual competition centered on climate change will be launched soon

Today, the World Organization for Sustainability Leadership (WOSL) and Covestro signed a strategic cooperation agreement during the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE). This announcing signals the imminent launch of 2023 Covestro Cup “I Speak, I Act, I Impact” China Student Orator and Illustrator Contest with the motif of “Climate Action”.

The strategic cooperation will focus on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Covestro will further work with WOSL to help young people develop a sustainability mindset and become advocates and leaders for a sustainable future through the Orator and Illustrator Contest, part of the UN Junior Ambassadors for Sustainable Development and SE4All program (#SDGAction42242). 

The first 2022 Covestro Cup “I speak, I act, I impact” China Student Orator and Illustrator Contest, hosted by the WOSL and organized by Wo Sou Education Science and Technology (Shanghai) in May, 2022,  was concluded successfully. While the first competition highlighted the theme “Quality Education”, the 2023 competition will focus on “Climate Action”, aiming to encourage young people to fully unleash their creativity to imagine the future of sustainability. “Quality Education” and “Climate Action” are both part of the UN SDGs.

Dr. Paul C. Bogaardt, CEO of WOSL, said: “Our vision is one where humanity lives in harmony with our mother planet. We believe brilliant young minds are the key to achieving this sustainable future. These future leaders must be nurtured, cultivated and inspired to speak, act, and eventually impact this trajectory. In collaboration with Covestro, we look forward to fulfilling our mutual vision.”

Covestro has made sustainability its key strategic pillar and set a number of ambitious sustainability objectives. By 2025, Covestro aims to align 80 percent of its research and development expenditure towards meeting the UN SDGs. Additionally, the company aims for operational climate neutrality and net zero emissions by 2035.

“Covestro participated in the CIIE this year with the theme of ‘Together for a climate-neutral future.’ In addition to working together with our customers and value chain partners, our ‘circle of friends’ also includes organizations like WOSL and youth. Through this strategic cooperation, we expect to encourage young people to explore new solutions for climate change and other global issues, and inspire them to play an active role to jointly shape a sustainable future,” said Holly Lei, President of Covestro China. “We look forward to fulfilling our social responsibility through more programs like this as we help bring a profound and lasting experience for future leaders of sustainability.”

The 2023 Covestro Cup “I Speak, I Act, I Impact” China Student Orator and Illustrator Contest is open to students in two categories: Youth diplomats (first grade to eighth grade) and Junior diplomats (ninth grade to university undergraduates). The contest will feature both illustrations and speech competitions in English. To participate in the contest, please complete the registration process and upload your works through WOSL’s official WeChat account between January 31 and March 31, 2023 (further details will be announced later) to join in the global selection. The winners are expected to be announced on May 31, 2023.


About World Organization for Sustainability Leadership:

The World Organization for Sustainability Leadership (WOSL) is an international Non-Profit Organization and an official commitment partner to the UN SDGs. WOSL is the founding organization for the UN JUNIOR AMBASSADOR FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SE4ALL program and directs this program worldwide. 


Centered around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while addressing real-world social, economic, and environmental protection issues, WOSL’s programs aim to help young people be more ambitious and inspired and guide them to shape future public policy and sustainability practice through scientific research, community leadership and social practice of the SDGs. WOSL’s alumni become future leaders that drive real-world change through the realization of the SDGs.   

About Covestro: 

Covestro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and their components. With its innovative products, processes and methods, the company helps enhance sustainability and the quality of life in many areas. Covestro supplies customers around the world in key industries such as mobility, building and living, as well as the electrical and electronics sector. In addition, polymers from Covestro are also used in sectors such as sports and leisure, cosmetics and health, as well as in the chemical industry itself. 

The company is committed to becoming fully circular and is striving to become climate neutral by 2035 (scope 1 and 2). Covestro generated sales of EUR 15.9 billion in fiscal 2021. At the end of 2021, the company had 50 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 17,900 people (calculated as full-time equivalents). 

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