GLOBAL LEADER, GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY.
As a global leader in our industries, we have a responsibility to be a good corporate citizen. As our company continues to grow, both in size and geography, so does our involvement in our local communities.
Quaker’s Formula for Giving community engagement program was first established in North America in 2011. Today we are actively engaged in local communities around the globe, yet our objectives remain simple:
- To positively impact our local communities
- To support the personal charitable activities of our Associates
- To champion the industries in which we are involved
And, because we are a knowledge-sharing company – sharing our expertise with our colleagues, our customers, and our industries — we have chosen Education as a key focus for our community engagement.
For more information about our community engagement activities, contact Sustainability at Quaker.
We offer paid time off for Associates to volunteer in their local communities. Our program began in 2011 in North America. We expanded our program to the Netherlands in 2013, and in 2014 launched in Argentina, Brazil, and China.
Over the next few years, we aim to implement a formal volunteer program in nearly every Quaker location around the globe [where volunteering is the cultural norm].
GENERAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT.
At our individual facilities, we do a number of things to support our local communities. Examples include holding United Way campaigns, Red Cross blood drives, and various collections (food, clothing, books, toys).
In several countries, including Brazil, Mexico, The Netherlands, and the USA, we open our doors to high school and university students who are interested to see “a day in the life” of working at a chemical company.
Also in the USA, each year we are involved in several STEM-related education activities such as sponsoring the Philadelphia Science Festival, and sending judges to the Delaware Valley Science Fairs and the California State Science Fair.
As a knowledge-sharing company, we have chosen Education as a key focus for our community engagement activities.
We are encouraging Quaker sites around the globe to “adopt” a local non-profit organization and develop a long-term partnership involving educational activities. And our Associates can use their paid volunteer time to participate in these activities.
Current education partners include:
- Conshohocken, PA, USA: Norristown Area School District
Located just 5 miles from Quaker’s global headquarter facility, this school district serves approximately 7,000 students through seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and one large comprehensive high school, with a secondary campus for credit recovery programs. Quaker’s involvement includes co-teaching high school science classes, giving career day talks in middle schools, and hosting hands-on Science Exploration Days in elementary schools.
- Dayton, OH, USA: Little Free Library
This non-profit organization builds free book exchanges worldwide, in order to build a sense of community as people share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. Quaker associates designed and built a public book stand, installed it on our property, and in October 2016 officially opened it to the public.
- Middletown, OH, USA: Middletown City Schools
This school district, local to our manufacturing plant, provides its culturally diverse students with highly-challenging and engaging school work, and is well known for its strong, comprehensive educational programs. Quaker’s involvement includes reading to elementary school students via the MENTORead program, delivering interactive science demos, and hosting student site visits at our facility.
- Qingpu (Shanghai), China: Project Bright Eyes
This program, from the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, helps to improve the educational environment for under-privileged children in rural China. Quaker’s involvement includes sponsoring the purchase of eye glasses for students, and visiting certain schools in the program to deliver hands-on science demonstrations.
THE QUAKER CHEMICAL FOUNDATION.
The Quaker Chemical Foundation was established over 50 years ago to support qualified non-profit organizations through corporate contributions.
The Foundation’s purpose is to demonstrate the values of Quaker Chemical Corporation, particularly as they relate to Quaker associates and the local communities in which the company operates. Through its grant program, matching gift program, and scholarship program [for children of associates], the Foundation makes a positive impact in Quaker’s local communities, supports the personal giving activities of associates, and advances the educational aspirations of associates’ children.
Michael F. Barry, Ex-officio