2021 ESG Report

ESG Report

ESG Report

Community Engagement Framework

Our vision to bring color and brightness to communities around the world guides our global community engagement activities

At PPG, the vision guiding our global community engagement activities is to bring color and brightness to communities around the world where we have a presence.

2021 Highlights


facilities met requirements of the Community Engagement Framework


Framework implementation target by 2025


volunteer hours1

1 Includes volunteer hours for the global COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program and Charity Partner program in EMEA.

We seek to strengthen communities through our philanthropic and other engagement efforts. However, we also recognize our obligation to remain a good community citizen by complying with local regulations that might govern the relationship between PPG sites and the community, and by recognizing and addressing how our operations may impact the communities in which PPG operates. Because many of these impacts arise outside of our community engagement efforts, we address potential risks to our communities through many of our operating policies, for example, in those for product stewardship and human rights.

To advance our vision, the PPG Community Engagement Framework sets the priority actions for community engagement that our facilities and sites are expected to implement. These actions are designed to develop and maintain relationships with key community constituents, governmental agencies and charitable organizations, as well as encourage employee involvement in our host communities.

The framework serves as both a policy document and practical resource for site leaders. Sites are assigned one of four program levels based on their size, type of operations and potential impacts on their host communities.

During each year, a site is asked to fulfill certain community engagement actions that align with its corresponding level. For each expectation, the framework provides suggested implementation actions and resources available to assist with the execution.

In 2021, our sites began using an adjusted framework that elevates community engagement expectations for each program level and provides increased implementation guidance and resources for site managers.

Our goal is to have 100% of PPG facilities meet the framework requirements by 2025.

Each year, we survey our sites to measure the degree to which they implemented the items associated with their program level. In 2021, 80% of our facilities met the requirements of the framework, which was flat from 2020. We will use the results of the survey to continue emphasizing community engagement at our locations in 2022.

Community Engagement Expectations

Program Level Community Engagement Site Expectations


  • Make information available to employees about the existence of the various employee programs, including GIVE and Matching Gifts, and how to participate (U.S. only)
  • Make information available about the Charity Partner program and how to participate (EMEA only)
  • Execute a minimum of one community engagement activity during the calendar year
  • Engage in site emergency planning activities in partnership with appropriate community services


  • All Level 1 expectations
  • Execute a minimum of two community engagement activities during the calendar year
  • Ensure site leadership is active in community


  • All Level 1 and 2 expectations
  • Execute a minimum of three community engagement activities during the calendar year
  • Incorporate community engagement items or actions into the performance and learning plans of site leaders
  • Assign community engagement responsibilities to a point person
  • Make a financial donation to a charitable organization that aligns with PPG priority areas of education and community sustainability
  • Coordinate with government affairs to establish and maintain relationships with local government officials


  • All Level 1, 2 and 3 expectations
  • Hold two leadership meetings each calendar year to discuss site's community engagement strategy

A few examples of the Framework in action: Creating avenues to success around the globe

China: Reaching 200+ students in Tianjin with new opportunities

Employees at PPG's Tianjin, China facility prioritized opportunities to help build foundations for students' success. In 2021, the site facilitated the PPG Scholarship Program at 10 local schools through a partnership with nonprofit organizations Give2Asia and Live2Give. Through this program, 200 students benefitted from the scholarships and an opportunity to interview for PPG's internship program. Employee volunteers also transformed learning environments for young students at two local schools through the Colorful Communities program. Creating encouraging, engaging spaces with fresh paint and color, PPG volunteers produced brilliant and refreshed campus environments at the TEDA Nursery School and TEDA Xingyoubaobei Autism Rehabilitation Center.

United States: Supporting innovation and STEM education in Huntsville

In Huntsville, Alabama, PPG employees sought opportunities to support their neighbors throughout 2021. From assisting with educational programs like Space Camp and the Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to facilitating scholarship opportunities through the Women's Economic Development Foundation, local employees forged partnerships in the areas of STEM education and engaged in local beautification efforts. To help students thrive, Huntsville employees championed more than 50 Innovative Classroom Grants in support of local school STEM projects and initiated grants to organizations such as Madison County Career Tech Center, Alabama Aviation Education Center and the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology.

Suriname: Building community and beautifying community spaces

In Winti Wai, Paramaribo, Suriname, PPG Varossieau employees completed a Colorful Communities project to paint interior and exterior walls and vibrant murals at the new PPG Stiwewa Buurtcentrum (Community Center) in Suriname. The building, which is the backyard of our manufacturing site, was designed to provide social support for area residents, including educational and employment assistance for young people and fun, recreational programs for all. PPG Stiwewa also provided financial support to build the community center. Read more about this transformative partnership.

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