Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sharing at the Taiwan-Europe Joint Conference on Business and Human Rights
Covestro Taiwan was invited by Ministry of Economic Affairs to share CSR Best Practice
On December 1st, 2022, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, together with The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) co-hosted the Taiwan-Europe Joint Conference on Business and Human Rights. The Head of Communications for Covestro Taiwan, Renee Chen, was invited by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to share the company’s CSR practice and how enterprises can intergrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into their social responsibility programmes. Covestro Taiwan’s MagicMaterial School was the finalist in the 2022 Gartner Communications Award in Excellence in ESG, Sustainability and DEI Communications.
Chemistry Lights Up Diversity – Science Education for Children
With Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the heart of Covestro’s working culture, Covestro Taiwan has developed two CSR initiatives from these concepts. The first series is the MagicMaterial School, which is designed for students with hearing impairments. It aims to ignite children’s curiosity in science, whilst encouraging mutual respect and an awareness for each others unlimited potential.
The second inititative is the Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp. This project’s primary aim is to shorten the distance between grandparents and grandchildren, as well encouraging opportunities for lifelong learning. Both the initiatives were winners of the 2022 PR News Global Social Impact Award, in different categories – The MagicMaterial school won the “Diversity and Inclusion Series” and the“In-House Diversity and Inclusion Campaign”, whilst the Covestro Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp was the winner of the “Campaign by a Non-US Based Company” category.
DEI Concept in National Enviromental Storytelling Competition
This year, together with 10 more partners, Covestro Taiwan hosted a national enviromental storytelling competition, with the rules designed with the DEI concept in mind. The competition attracted 658 entries from 107 schools across Taiwan, with 24 categories’ award winners being from 15 out of the 22 different counties in Taiwan. Winners included children with hearing and visual impaiments.“Resources children have in different locations are also different,” said Renee Chen, Head of Communications of the company. “Our purpose is to let children from every corner of Taiwan, with or without disabilities, all have an equal chance to win and speak up for the oceans.”
“Chemical reactions do not only happen in science, but also in people’s hearts. We are delighted to see our CSRs in Taiwan have been recognised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs,” said Dr. Carsten Wildebrand, “Children are our future, and we believe if they have the chance to witness their capability, there is a real possibility to positively influence peoples´ attitudes towards DEI.”
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 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 aims to become climate neutral by 2035 (scope 1 and 2). Covestro generated sales of around 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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