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Enhancing and Engaging Our Communities


In 2011, PPG developed a community engagement framework to help define the actions that company locations must take to develop and maintain strong two-way communications with key community constituents, governmental agencies and appropriate non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While PPG believes that community engagement and strong communications are important within all PPG communities, some facilitate engagement opportunities due to their size or types of operations.

Here are examples of successful projects and recognition achieved recently across the PPG global network. For more information, visit the Sustainability Report.

PPG China automotive OEM coatings holds the Children's Day activities in Shanghai and Wuhan

June 1st, which is Children's day - "Showing the colorful childhood, Building the beautiful world" event was held in Shanghai by PPG China auto OEM commercial & technical and HR team. More than 50 employees and their family members joined the activity. With the professional teacher's guidance, children and parents used their imagination and created DIY handcrafts. Various kinds of lovely handcrafted products were displayed to everyone after two hours, such as sweet chicken family, marine life, PPG Logo, etc.

PPG Trio Energized at "One Young World® Summit"

Three PPG employees from far-flung locations (i.e., Shanghai, China; Gonfreville, France; and Amsterdam, Netherlands) served as delegates to the "One Young World (OYW) Summit," conducted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA and designed to convene the best and brightest young leaders from corporations and organizations around the world. Approximately 1,500 delegates, all in their 20s or 30s, from nearly 200 countries participated in the event. The PPG delegates, now OYW "ambassadors" of positive change, are working on their own projects and initiatives or networking with existing endeavors.

PPG China Participates in Sustainable Development Forum

Officials of PPG China participated in a "Mayors'’ Forum on Sustainable Development" in Zhuzhou, Hunan province, as part of the 7th Central China Investment and Trade Expo, which revolved around the theme “Opening Up for Green Growth.”

Participants in the forum, hosted by China Central Television (CCTV), included senior officials from the Ministry of Commerce, the governments of six Central China provinces, more than 50 mayors’ representatives from China, and representatives from countries around the world. They exchanged ideas with executives from Fortune 500 companies, international chambers of commerce and other multinational enterprises that have or plan to establish businesses in Central China.

At the forum, Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific region, shared her views on engaging in the transformation of Central China cities and seizing opportunities and addressing challenges brought by development.

PPG Supports the United Way® Across the United States

In 2012, PPG's architectural coatings manufacturing facility in Cheswold, Del., USA kicked off its 2012 annual fund-raising effort for United Way of Delaware. Employees and campaign co-chairs presented an early commitment contribution of $6,000 from the PPG Industries Foundation to United Way of Delaware.

PPG Industries Foundation also contributes to local United Way organizations across the United States. In support of communities where PPG has a major presence, PPG Industries Foundation has contributed more than $685,000 to local United Ways.

PPG Promotes Healthy Sight and Color Power with Two Guinness World Records®

Transitions Optical set the new Guinness World Records achievement for the World's Largest Photo Mosaic. The record-breaking photo mosaic—consisting of 176,750 individual photographs and measuring 21,645 square feet—was unveiled Oct. 11, 2012 to commemorate World Sight Day. Assembled in Tampa, Fl., USA by Transitions Optical employees and volunteers from the Tampa Bay area, the mosaic was created to raise awareness about the importance of proper eye care and eyewear. To create the mosaic, Transitions Optical held a Sight of the Day Photo Contest, asking consumers from across North America to submit photos of their favorite "sights" that they would miss if they were not able to see clearly.

In April 2011, PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS® set the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Paint Swatch." Measuring 68 square feet, or 24 times larger than a typical swatch, it was unveiled in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., USA at an event to draw consumers' attention to the power that a fresh coat of paint can add to a home, and the many tools available through PPG's The VOICE  OF COLOR® program that simplify the process for choosing the right color.

The Voice of Color is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.  One Young World, United Way and Guinness World Records and other third-party trademarks are property of their respective owners.