Selected as CSR best practice by German Trade Office Taipei

Covestro Taiwan Bestowed CW Corporate Social Responsibility Award

  • Receiving CSR award among foreign enterprises for the fourth consecutive year from CommonWealth Magazine.

Covestro Taiwan emphasizes (CSR) in four important fields:the STEM CSR that includes diversity and inclusion value CSRs, environmental education CSRs that lead children to notice the global challenges we are facing now, the “We Care” project that utilizes Covestro’s solution to solve the environmental issues that non-profit organizations are facing, and campus forums to promote sustainability mindset. In the recently announced (8/26) CommonWealth Corporate Social Responsibility Award, Covestro Taiwan was the winner again among foreign enterprises for the fourth consecutive year. The company has also been invited by German Trade Office Taipei (GTO) to share the successful story of its CSR projects on the GTO CSR Report Press Conference today (9/2)

 

“The sustainable development goal of the United Nations is the guiding principle of Covestro's corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. We hope to contribute to reduce equality, and provide quality education, good health and well-being, and environmental protection ”said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. “Specially thanks go to Covestro’s science education consultant Professor Steve Hsu of National Taichung Education University,  and for the support from cooperating partners, including National Parks, National Taiwan Science Education Center, National Museum of Natural Science, National Science and Technology Museum, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, and ChangHua Child &Youth Center. By planting seeds of hope, we believe that diversity and inclusion, harmony and sustainability will help provide a hopeful future for society and children.”

 

“Achieving a better and more sustainable world will be possible only with the support of the business sector,” stated Axel Limberg, Chief Representative and Executive Director of the German Trade Office Taipei. He further emphasized: “In Taiwan, over 250 German companies are playing a vital role in the economic and social environment. Besides being major employers, they see themselves as socially responsible enterprises committed to Taiwan’s society. We are very delighted to see that German companies continue the century-long tradition of CSR across the world and are taking responsibility for local communities.”

 

Chemistry Lights Up Diversity – Science Education for Children

Everyone should be treated with equal respect. Covestro aims to foster a passion for science in every students' heart through the magic of a fun science program, and also to enable children to learn to respect each other, to express empathy and compassion, and to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. Two series of CSR initiatives have been developed from this concept starting from 2014 and 2019 respectively. The first series, which is designed to reduce inequality for hearing-impaired children, is the annual “MagicMaterial School” and the “Covestro Science Club” that runs throughout the semesters and is listed officially as an optional lesson.  The second is the “Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp” that aims to shorten the distance between grandparents and grandchildren, as well as encouraging lifetime learning.  Both the series combine the company's expertise in science. A total of 1,203 people have been assisted by 263 volunteers in the past five years. We believe that diversity, inclusion, harmony and sustainable development are what constitutes a promising future for both society and our children

 

Sponsor Green Chemistry Competition - for High-School students

In order to deepen the concept of green chemistry design among high-school students in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of the Executive Yuan are jointly hosting the “2020 High School Green Chemistry Creativity Competition”. The programme is designed for senior high-school students. The twelve principles of green chemistry are the winning criteria for the awards. In addition to the various awards originally scheduled for the competition, a special award will be selected by Covestro Taiwan based on how the students establish the concepts of safety, environmental protection, and sustainability in various experiments. The award-winning team will be offered subsidies for overseas travel in attending green-chemical related forums.

 

Storytelling Project to Help Children Understand What Happened to Our Earth

Through an easy and interesting environmental story-telling project, starting from 2017, Covestro cooperated with National Parks and National Museums to plant the seeds of caring in children's hearts. In order to communicate with more potential groups, Covestro Taiwan cooperated with project partners to digitalize the Covestro copyrighted picture book into a bilingual interactive APP in 2019. Combined with efforts from its partners, this project has reached more than 34,000 children across Taiwan within 3 years, and received over 2,000 students’ written commitments to the earth from more than 96 schools,. This project also won the first prize in the Corporate Responsibility Award of the APAC Excellence Awards 2018.

 

Encourge Youth to Think and Live Sustainabily via Campus Forums

In order to promote the concept of sustainability and a circular economy, Covestro launched the campus forum in 2017, and invited the former CEO Patrick Thomas, and Bertrand Piccard, the initiator and founder of Solar Impulse which flew around the earth without a single drop of fuel as speakers. In 2019, Covestro also went to Taipei European School to discuss with high-school students and involve them to think about sustainable future cities. With these campus forums, Covestro expects to encourage students to think and live sustainability and build a bright and sustainable future for the world.

 

“We Care” Project

Starting in 2012, the “We Care” project has aimed at solving the environmental problems that non-profit organizations face with the combine efforts from Covestro's materials solution with the support of Covestro’s customers. For example, in 2020, when corona virus disease (COVID-19)  was spreading widely, Covestro Taiwan donated 20,000 protective goggles with an indirect ventilation system and anti-fog lenses to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at first place, hoping to bring more professional protection to the medical personnel on the front line.