Local outreach has been an essential element of our culture throughout our history, and we strive to make a positive and lasting difference in our communities.
Employees, through their generous spirit and willingness to lend their time and resources, are a natural extension of our community relations. We dedicate our time as supporters and volunteers at a variety of local and global organizations, such as:
- Perkins, a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people
- Susan G. Komen® 3-Day, an annual event in which thousands of women and men walk 60 miles over the course of three days to raise money for breast cancer research
- Fundacion Mamonal, an organization that promotes and protects industrial and social development in the Mamonal Industrial Park and the greater Cartagena area
- Read to a Child, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing children's success in life by inspiring adults to read to them
- Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts, USA to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
In 2016, the Cabot Corporation Foundation, Inc. donated or pledged approximately $1.1 million in direct and in-direct support of a wide range of activities and organizations focused on science and technology education, community relations and civic improvements. In addition, at the facility level, we collectively made approximately $500,000 of in kind donations and we actively contribute our time and talent to support the communities where we work and live.
Giving Back to the Community
Engaging Young Girls in STEM
The nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing middle and high school girls with STEM experiences to foster interest in future STEM careers. The team sponsored a workshop titled “Ink It Up” that taught the girls about the different types of ink, including the chemistry of inkjet ink and a demonstration on the science of surface tension that involved dropping water and isopropanol on pennies. They also created a greeting card using inks that they mixed themselves.
Aiding Disadvantaged Youth in Riga
This organization provides long-term family-based care for youth coming from disadvantaged families that need to learn how to live productively and independently. Throughout the year, our employees worked closely with the organization through the donation of clothes, books and food items while also engaging in social activities such as bowling, table games and a barbeque party.
Supporting Children's Rehabilitation
For almost ten years, our team in Shanghai, China and the Cabot Foundation has supported the Boai Children’s Rehabilitation Center, which provides treatment and rehabilitation for children with disabilities.
In addition, the team in Shanghai has remained involved at the center over the years. In 2016, over 40 employee volunteers accompanied a group of children from the center to the Shanghai Zoo. This recreational outing provided the children with the ability to leave the center to experience nature and various animals, while also exercising their social skills so that they can better reach their goal of going home.
Supporting Children's Health in Cartagena
Our team in Cartagena, Colombia supports the charitable organization Fundación Mamonal and its Fondo Unido program.
The program encourages employees and companies to carry out social projects for the benefit of community members in need. We donate a monthly contribution that provides lunch for 75 girls and boys from Nuestra Señora del Buen Aire. This educational institution evaluates the health and nutritional conditions of vulnerable children and provides workshops on healthy eating and hygiene habits to help prevent disease.
Supporting Children with Congenital Heart Disease
In January, a team of volunteers from our Tianjin, China facility visited children with congenital heart disease being treated at the TEDA Cardiovascular Hospital.
The team gave a donation to the hospital on behalf of the Foundation and delivered gifts and well-wishes for the New Year. To date, we have helped 20 children from underprivileged families through these donations.
Combining Charity and Sport
Our team of 14 employees in Valmez, Czech Republic continued its charity cycling tradition by raising funds for the Together by Bike for Charity initiative.
From April through October, in groups of two or more, the participants conquered 20 mountain peaks. They took photos after reaching each peak and the company made a donation for every picture taken. A larger donation was made for those cyclers who conquered all 20 peaks. The money raised will provide assistance services and respite weekend stays for four disabled children.
Delivering Earthquake Relief in Japan
In April 2016, our team in Japan donated time and funds to the prefecture of Kumamoto after several earthquakes hit they city.
The earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks caused deaths, injuries and widespread damage to the area’s residences and infrastructure. In addition to funds, the team spent time visiting different establishments in the city to further support this popular tourist destination as the city recovered.