Sponsorship of the Festival of Thrift has helped chemical company SABIC celebrate its 10th anniversary of Teesside operations in fitting style as the year draws to a close.
SABIC, who employ around 600 staff and 400 contractors on their sites at Wilton and North Tees, has made considerable charitable donations from the company and staff over a decade of operation including, educational activities with school, college and university students, event sponsorship, and by providing volunteers, goods and services.
The Festival of Thrift was deemed a perfect sponsorship fit with SABIC as it also shares the same aims of promoting sustainability, knowledge, health and wellbeing and supporting the local economy – all seen as priorities for SABIC’s corporate and social responsibility programme.
SABIC have recently launched a global volunteering policy where employees are encouraged to participate in community activities. Over 15 SABIC employees are volunteering at the two-day festival whilst many more volunteer for environmental and educational activities all year round.
SABIC Site Director Daren Smith (acting) said, “It makes me very proud that SABIC can support such a great sustainable living festival. SABIC has recently invested for the long-term sustainable future on Teesside, and we aim to go on supporting the community and our stakeholders for many more decades to come, too.”
Along with around 1,000 staff and contractors employed on its Teesside sites, thousands more local jobs are reliant on SABIC within the wider supply chain, bringing some £400 million into the economy from payroll, utilities, goods and services.
SABIC operates a world-scale Olefins ‘cracker’, producing Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene and gasoline products.
The firm’s LDPE plant at Wilton, producing Low Density Polyethylene, is the world’s biggest of its type. The LDPE forms the building blocks to plastic packaging used in everything from food to electrical goods.