The pandemic did not dilute our commitment to giving something back into the local communities where we live and work. In 2020, our total social value and community contribution was over US$700,000.
Our Innospec Cares program, now in its fifth year, raised over US$182,000, helping to support 90 worldwide charities and good causes. The match funding element of the program provided employees with the opportunity to double the funds raised by them for local emergency relief groups in some of the areas hardest hit by the pandemic. Given the urgency of the situation, funding applications were fast-tracked by our Innospec Cares Steering Group. These included applications for support for the Civil Protection in Lombardy, Italy, Wirral Hospice St John’s in the UK, five US based United Way COVID-19 Rapid Response Funds and the Red Cross Society of China’s emergency pandemic relief fund. As well as our financial contributions we also donated bleach, disinfectant, protective goggles and masks directly to local hospitals and health centers for distribution in our local communities.
Our efforts were featured in a video put together by the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and ITN Productions Industry News. Its purpose was to showcase how the chemical industry is responding in a huge global effort to meet the demands of the pandemic crisis.