♦ Community Engagement
As an international industrial chemicals company with operations in many countries, we take a grass-roots approach to community engagement.
Many of our operational sites have community engagement programs in place to facilitate two-way communication between the site and the local community. Some of the outcomes associated with these local site community engagement programs during 2017 include:
• Our manufacturing site in Geelong, Australia conducts community meetings twice a year. Advertised through local letter box drops, the meetings are attended by site neighbours, including the North Shore Residents Group. During the meetings site representatives present data about the site, such as safety information and results of ongoing environmental monitoring. Community leaders are provided with the telephone numbers of key site employees and are able to notify them of issues if they arise. The site also provides an annual award for the top engineering graduate from Deakin University, and funds and equipment for the annual Moorpanyal swim held by the North Shore Residents Group.
• Our manufacturing site in Portland, Australia also holds community consultation group meetings which are advertised in the local newspaper. The agendas include updates on the company’s performance, upcoming projects, general discussion and a question time. Environment Protection Authorities officers, representatives from the Glenelg Shire Council, local residents and other industries are invited to attend.
• Our Portland site also hosted students from Future Leaders of Industry as part of their Industry Tour Day. The day provides businesses with a platform to showcase their organisation and the careers and opportunities they offer locally, as well as their involvement in and contribution to the community. The students provided with a hands-on opportunity to gain an insight into the working world and get an understanding of the types of careers Portland businesses can offer them. It is also a rare opportunity to meet and ask question of key leaders and experienced professionals within the Portland community.
• IPL’s Gibson Island plant in Queensland, Australia partnered with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service as part of its lifesaving, Red25 corporate donation program. A mobile donor centre visited the site to allow employees to make a blood donation. We are very proud of all those who supported the donation program and would like to thank them for their contribution to help save the lives of the many Australians that require blood every day.• Our Helidon Dyno Nobel manufacturing site supported the Helidon State School in Queensland,
Australia to re-introduce their Community Fete following a 30 year break. Our employees lead a golf putt putt stand for local children and helped raise in excess of $4,000 for the school.
• IPL also matched the $1,225 amount raised by our employee Leanne Fry, as she rode in the Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride. The Bike Ride is a charity organisation that raises money for the Children’s Cancer Institute. Participants in the three day, 358km bike ride complete over 100km a day, challenging themselves physically and mentally with an end goal of raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research. IPL was proud to support both Leanne and her chosen charity.
• Sites regularly participate in community forums, working with local representatives to ensure appropriate plans are in place to mitigate the impact in of an emergency. For example, our Big N Fertiliser Depot in Moree, Australia participates in the annual Emergency Simulation day with the Local Emergency Response Team. An Emergency Response Plan is activated for the community and the surrounding area, together with the local Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Police. On completion, the site holds a BBQ and conducts a debriefing session with the NSW Fire Team. The Police and Ambulance services also attend the debriefing when possible. The community can access the site’s Emergency Response Plan and Community Safety Information Flyer from Moree Local Library. For more details, see Community Safety.
Case study: Our explosives manufacturing site located in Cheyenne Wyoming, USA, has a long history of local community support.
This year employees continued to focus on helping the underprivileged, running community safety events and responding to local emergencies. Donations, sponsorships and time were given to support a wide range of local charities and causes. Thanksgiving baskets containing a full thanksgiving dinner were assembled by employees and delivered to eleven families in need in the local community. On-site blood drives are held twice a year to support the community and remind us to treasure our health and safety. The site purchased over 100 gifts for Cheyenne's Christmas Angels, and organisation which aims to provide Christmas for families, the elderly and children in need through giving to create ‘forever memories’.
Organisations supported in 2017 included:
• Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce • Cheyenne Central, South and East High Schools
• Cheyenne LEADS • Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne
• Leadership Cheyenne • Cheyenne Frontier Days
• Cheyenne Animal Shelter • Cheyenne Superday
• Black Dog Animal Rescue • Cheyenne Recreation League
• Cub Scouts • American Royal Miss
• Cheyenne Extreme Softball • Cheyenne Youth Symphony
Our Cheyenne Family Safety Day is run on site each year with the goal of educating local families about a range of safety issues.
The Safety Committee at the site started Family Safety Day in 2009 because it believes home safety is just as important as safety at work. It also fits perfectly with IPL’s key Value of Zero Harm for Everyone, Everywhere. Now a popular annual fixture, the Safety Day is an innovative way of teaching families about home safety. Both adults and children have a great time at the fun day, learning valuable lessons such as how to use a fire extinguisher, ladder safety, enjoying fire truck tours and meeting local rescue dogs.
“It started, and has continued, because of the Safety Committee’s concern for our employees and their families; hence safety at home,” Cheyenne Site Manager Lars Story said. “Safety is 100% of the time, not just when the employees are at work. Family Safety Day is very important. When you teach families about setting up fire escape plans, placement of smoke alarms, and basic first aid, you help them think about being more prepared should something happen. In addition, we get to talk to families about hazards their family member could be exposed to at work, and impress upon them the importance of our employees being focused on their tasks and safety while at work, rather than being distracted.”
The event teaches employees and their children important home safety basics such as home fire evacuation, how to select smoke alarm locations and actions to take when confronted with various emergency situations. Parents and children also learn about themes such as how to manage a simple but effective household chemical poison control system. While the day’s theme is safety, the children who attend have plenty of fun as they learn how to stay safe.
The Dyno Nobel booth at the annual Cheyenne Chilli Challenge is also a popular community and Dyno Nobel team event.
The Chilli Challenge raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne, whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Dyno Nobel booth is manned by a team of our employees who decorate the booth with a theme and make chilli to compete with other booths. Funds are raised via entry ticket purchase, which includes chili samples, drinks and cornbread, and by voting dollars, which are used to vote for your favourite chili and name the "people's choice" winner for best booth. In 2017 our booth won third prize in three categories including the people’s choice.
Case Study: In 2017 the annual Dyno Nobel Salt Lake City Corporate Office Holiday Charity Drive decorated and donated Christmas trees to charities, along with over $5000 in food and gifts.
The 180 employees on the 5th and 6th floor of our Salt Lake City office belong to one of five SafeDays groups who hold weekly Monday SafeDays meetings. From November 22 to December 20, these meetings were extended to discuss the Holiday Office Drive. Each team decorated a Christmas tree for a charity who provided our teams with a list of their most needed items, which were written on tags and attached to the trees in our offices. Our employees, including management and executives, then selected tags and donated the items indicated, such as non-perishable food, clothing, children’s toys, hygiene products, toothbrushes and socks, by placing them under the trees. The trees and gifts were sorted and delivered to the Family Support Center, YWCA Utah, The Road Home and needy families in the community in time for the holiday.
Case Study: Dyno Nobel pledges to ‘Blow Up Cancer’ with a host of fundraising events culminating in a Race Day where $4,703 in employee donations, $1,760 in registration fees and a $10,000 Company donation was made in June 2017 to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (SGK).
SGK is an organisation in the US that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. Employees from our SLC and Lehi sites joined with Tradestar and West Jordan Engineering employees, who were assigned to teams which competed to see which team raised the most money. Each member of the winning team received two movie tickets.
The teams made fundraising into funraising, with activities including a Valentine’s Day Cookie Share (our kick-off activity), a potluck lunch on sign up day, Pink Cookie Day (with veggies for a healthy alternative), Donation Jars, Friday SGK shirt day to promote the upcoming Race, a March Madness office competition (with the winner getting bragging rights and a $100 gift card) autographed basketball prizes and ‘I’m Walking For’ ribbons, which employees purchased for a donation and wore during the Race Day.
The Company provided company team SGK t-shirts and paid the registration fees for all employees who registered with our team. As part of the prevention theme, employees were encouraged to sign a Wellness Pledge to make one or more changes supporting their health, such as to eat smarter, move more, stress less & get regular health check-ups, and post the pledge in their workspace to share with others. In addition, the Mobile Mammograms Unit was invited to our SLC office parking lot, and was provided with lunch coupons to give to the first twenty employees to register.
At IPL, we are committed to engaging and partnering with our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week was held from 2 to 9 July with the 2017 theme Our Languages Matter. The theme was chosen to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, in linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites through story and song. The week is a great opportunity for all Australians to participate in a range of activities and to support and connect with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This year IPL promoted NAIDOC Week to our employees in the form of an online quiz and a colouring and art competition for children and adults, with prizes for the winners in each category. Prizes included Dreams of Creation colouring in books with over 30 templates and companion books which outline flora and fauna facts, dreamtime and spiritual connection details and colouring in tips. The quiz was designed to test our people’s knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as well as to increase cultural awareness. Quiz winners were awarded one of six exclusive contemporary prints by Aboriginal artist Mirree (three of these are pictured to the right).
Employees were also encouraged to engage in NAIDOC activities across Australia where they live and work by contacting their Local Traditional Owner Group, Council, Chamber of Commerce or School for information.
As part of IPL’s support for the National Reconciliation Week the Everyday Hero Campaign was promoted to Australian employees to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).
ILF is a national charity of the Australian Book Industry whose aim is to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in very remote indigenous communities across Australia. ILF’s programs focus on creating a special relationship with reading from an early age with free books, some of which are in the First Language, and through publishing stories from communities. Employees raised $2,450 and the IPL Dollar for Dollar program matched employees donations to the value of $2000.
National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey; the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. 2017 marked two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey, being 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As these significant milestones were commemorated during National Reconciliation Week, all Australians were asked to reflect on how they could be part of the next steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey, with the theme ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’. The IPL Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) sets out the actions that guide our organisation to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to help progress reconciliation.