PPG Industries Corporate Sustainability Report
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Highlighted Projects

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific Scholarship Program

PPG provides scholarship awards to recognize students in chemistry-related disciplines at universities in China and Korea showcasing a commitment to education.

PPG China scholarship program at Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
PPG established its China scholarship program in 2003 to recognize high-achieving students and encourage them to pursue careers in the Asia Pacific chemical industry. Students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines who perform at top levels in both academic and practical areas may apply for the PPG scholarships.

Supporting education and talent development has always been a priority for PPG, PPG representatives visited each campus and talked with students about PPG’s business and culture, as well as the company’s leading positions in the regional and global chemicals industries.

World Wide Fund in Malaysia

In 2013, PPG Malaysia organized its second employee engagement program with PPG's Asia Pacific green partner, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, known as World Wildlife Fund in the U.S.). More than 30 employees gathered at the Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Center in Malacca to learn about sustainable development of the Malaysian ecosystem, including survival of endangered marine turtles, mainly hawksbills. Employees participated in the beach clean-up vital to the survival of the turtles and cheered as newly hatched turtles crawled to the sea.

Social Responsibility Research Fund at Tsinghua University

PPG donated $49,000 in 2013 to the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, to help set up a Social Responsibility Research Fund through the school’s education foundation. The fund will support in-depth research into the social responsibilities of corporations, governments, nongovernmental organizations and citizens, and it will help with reports, activities and media communications regarding social responsibility.

Latin America

Wameru Zoo in Mexico

PPG, through its Global Charitable Contributions Program, invested $35,000 in 2013 in a partnership with the Querétaro Wameru Zoo. Through the partnership, PPG helped create an updated kitchen facility to provide healthy meals for the animals. PPG employees also contribute an annual “Day of Caring” at the zoo, leading student tours and collecting recyclable materials for use in animal shelters and play stations.


Junior Achievement in Brazil

In 2013, PPG initiated a partnership with Junior Achievement São Paulo to conduct several programs for students to begin thinking about careers. Upper school students attended a program demonstrating the relationship between graduation and a successful career to reinforce the importance of completing their studies. In the “Our Community" Program, volunteers helped fifth-graders understand the responsibilities and opportunities related to careers in their community.


Paint Academies in Hungary

In 2013, PPG Hungary provided $240,000 to five technical schools for programs to teach painters and paperhangers. Annually, about 150 new students visit the PPG Paint Academy and factory in Budapest to acquire basic knowledge of paint manufacturing and products. Grants have created a practice room for the students and supported the purchase of decorating equipment and participation in student competitions such as the “Young Professionals Painter of the Year” competition, in which PPG is lead sponsor.

Rhinoceros Anti-Poaching Initiative in South Africa

A rhinoceros poaching epidemic in South Africa has resulted in the shooting deaths of more than 1,800 rhinos for their horns since 2008. Stop Rhino Poaching supports rhino protection in the country, including engaging community members in surveillance of reserves. A PPG Global Charitable Contributions Program grant is helping build a daycare center for disadvantaged children in a rural area bordering the Zululand Reserve, home to the white and black rhino. The Mbuzeli Crèche looks after about 20 children each day, enabling parents to travel safely to work while keeping their eyes and ears open for any suspicious behavior that could put the reserve’s rhinos at risk.

Poland Hospital Makeovers

Four hospitals in Poland received a makeover from employees at the PPG Deco Poland facility in partnership with international students from Erasmus, an EU program aimed at boosting skills and employability. The team used PPG paint products to decorate rooms and corridors in Lodz, Bialystok and Olsztyn hospitals and a children’s clinic in Wroclaw. Employees from PPG’s Dekoral Professional Centre shops and the Academy of Painting Techniques, the training department of PPG’s Polish Architectural Coatings business, oversaw the team’s efforts.

Volunteer Efforts in the Czech Republic

PPG employees in the Czech Republic donated materials and time to the SOS Children’s Village in Medlanky, Brno. The Village helps children whose parents can no longer care for them by finding them a loving home with an SOS family. The children are integrated into the life of the local community as they attend local schools and participate in activities organized by the neighborhood. PPG employees supplied paint and brushes and volunteered to decorate a house in the village.

Fundraising Efforts in EMEA

In 2013, PPG employees across the EMEA region engaged in fundraising initiatives for local causes. In Cieszyn, Poland, employees organized a group called PPG Friends to collect food, toiletries and toys for 70 disadvantaged families and orphaned children. In Spain and Portugal, employees launched similar campaigns on behalf of four local charities. PPG facility management matched the weight of the goods donated, for a total contribution of 8,611 pounds. In the Czech Republic, 20 men from PPG’s Brno facility grew moustaches to raise money for the “MOVEMBER®” effort to increase awareness of men’s health issues.

United States

“Wild by Design” Science on the Road Program

Launched in fall 2013, “Wild by Design” is a collaborative effort of PPG Industries, Carnegie Science Center, and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and is part of the Carnegie Science Center’s Science on the Road program. Arriving in a specially decorated van, “Wild by Design” teaches hundreds of elementary students throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania region with interactive experiments and exciting video experiences that show if you want to build something bigger, better, faster or stronger, chances are you can find the answer in nature.

Discovery Place STEM Center

The PPG Industries Foundation donated $50,000 to Discovery Place science center in Charlotte, N.C. for a new professional development program for educators of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The new program, which will be housed at the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development adjacent to Discovery Place’s complex, will be dedicated to providing pre-K through 12th-grade STEM educators with intensive learning experiences and ongoing support. It is estimated that the new center will serve about 5,000 educators throughout North and South Carolina over the next five years, impacting as many as 375,000 students in that time.

SCIGIRLS® STEM Television Programming

PPG is helping to change the way millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through sponsorship of SciGirls, the PBS KIDS television series, website and educational initiative. A PPG Industries Foundation grant of $25,000 helped finance the program’s 10-episode 2012 season, and an additional $25,000 grant supported continued programing in 2013. SciGirls is based on best practices for engaging girls in STEM, offering inventive, fun and motivating videos and games across digital platforms popular with the target age group. In 2013, several additional grants for SciGirls programming in PPG communities were made in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Nevada and Ohio.

Educational and Human Services Programs in Fiber Glass Plant Communities

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated a total of $77,500 in 2013 to 18 organizations supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives in the Carolinas. The grants were made on behalf of three fiber glass manufacturing sites: The Shelby and Lexington facilities in North Carolina and the Chester plant in South Carolina. Grants supported the purchase of items such as technical computing software and robotics kits as well as an engineering fair, week-long STEM camp and recycling programs for students.

Education-Related Initiatives in Greater Pittsburgh

In 2013, the PPG Industries Foundation donated $72,000 to education-related initiatives in the Greater Pittsburgh area, where the company maintains its global headquarters and several facilities. The grants highlight PPG’s commitment to supporting its local communities and the foundation’s top funding priority of backing educational programs. The recent grants have funded such programs as Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania's Color of Science Program and Reading is Fundamental.

Math & Science Collaborative

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Math & Science Collaborative (MSC), a program operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in Pittsburgh to help K-12 educators gain a better understanding of how mathematical and scientific practices are used in the workplace. The MSC coordinates efforts and focuses resources through innovative, evidence-based, regional approaches to the teaching and learning of math and science from preschool through college.

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