Trinseo’s Volunteer Days initiative, launched in 2014, is a community outreach program that encourages employees, and their families, to volunteer in support of the local communities in which they live and work. This global, company-wide initiative was a natural outgrowth of Trinseo’s belief in supporting and giving back to the local communities in which it operates.
The 2015 Volunteer Days event spanned the month leading up to Trinseo’s fifth anniversary. During that time period, 781 employees, family members, and friends at 23 locations in 11 countries volunteered a total of 3,444 hours—equal to 431 working days. This surpassed all expectations and exceeded 2014’s results by 72 percent.
Trinseo’s employees used the opportunity to donate their time, and in many cases money, where they were most needed. Locally formed volunteer committees used their creativity to come up with activities that were beneficial and fun, and often challenging. Activities covered a broad spectrum from donating blood, to cleaning up a local park. Other groups assisted the elderly in need, and taught lessons, cleaned, made repairs, and painted at local schools.
Again in 2015, the largest event was held in Schwalbach, Germany where Trinseo volunteers, including two hairdressers, hosted an event for 250 homeless people. The free event included haircuts, a luncheon with food provided by a local supermarket, and a clothing drive.