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KeepSafe – the one stop terminology for all your safety needs 

At Celanese we seek to operate responsibly to make a positive impact on our communities and the lives of those with whom we work. Singapore site employees challenge others to demonstrate the right behaviors to protect our personal safety both in the workplace and in our homes. Last year the site was recognized with the most creativity award. Watch the following video to go behind the scenes of their winning entry by the Keep Safe team. Please leave a comment to congratulate them…

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Less is More 

One of the common challenges we face in every aspect of our business is to provide more value at less cost. We have been on this journey for several years in Information Technology (IT) at Celanese; and as much of the low hanging fruit has disappeared, we are now facing a significant enemy that we must take on: complexity.

As we zero-in on a target total cost of IT services for the company, we have multiple paths. One path is to change services and sometimes service levels. Another is to be more productive in supporting all we have. But the most compelling path is to…

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Calling All Bloggers… 

Want to blog for us?  Have an interesting story to tell that relates to Celanese or the chemical industry?  We would love to share your perspective! 

As we approach the two year anniversary of the Celanese blog, we are looking for ways to expand the topics and readership.   We have had more than 80 bloggers and posted 110 blogs since inception.  If you would like to join us in making the next two years an even…

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The Era Of Ambiguity Leadership 

Why is it that we discuss our need to “deal with ambiguity?”  Ambiguity is approached with a similar level of disdain as we have for garbage – “we’ve got a lot of ambiguity – can someone take care of it?”  Ambiguity should not be seen as a negative, rather it is truly empowering.

Ambiguity is a “grown-up” sandbox.  As children we were literally given a box of sand and left to our own devices.  Think about it, there were no instructions, but we still built amazing things.  From mystical castles to major excavation projects, the sandbox gave us…

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24 Hours to Better Leadership 

The first business book I actually read was “What the CEO Wants You to Know.”  I remember admiring the way it looked; small and white with a band of red across the bottom. The author was Ram Charan; his name was strong and when I read the book I wasn’t disappointed. In a few sittings, I learned about business metrics, leadership and how to tell a compelling story using simple examples. Of all the business books I have owned, it’s the one that has…

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Daily gratitude can bring out the smiles in us all 

Thank you. These two little words carry so much power and are sure to brighten the day.

Although we are a global company, it’s easy to show appreciation and embrace an attitude of gratitude – being grateful for others and their part in our daily lives. In our efforts to embrace our changing culture, I encourage everyone to acknowledge the little things every day that we can…

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The Celanese Foundation: Where We Have Been and Where We Will Go 

I can’t believe it’s already been over three years since we launched our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Celanese Connects.  I believe it has truly changed the culture and attitude here at Celanese.  It’s amazing what we can accomplish by coming together as one to make our communities a little better each day through programs like Global Impact Week, Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) and our many volunteer efforts around the globe.

This is great, but how can we make an even bigger difference?   Seems like a difficult question considering the amount of time and effort we have put into our local communities over the past three years with over 25,000 volunteer hours contributed.  The answer?…

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Communicating change: “Me” before “we,” then “us” 

I can’t believe I’m going to do this. I’m about to share my secret weapon for change communications. When I tell you my methods you’ll say, “Right, I knew that all along.” But the real question is, do you apply what you know?

Early in my career, I worked at a heavy-manufacturing plant. We were implementing a new product line intended to improve quality, cost and competitiveness. In one way or another, everyone’s job would change.

The communication team was responsible for delivering a program to help the 2,000 employees support the new product. The changes touched all aspects of…

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Chemical engineering students partner with Celanese to produce video on the romance of chemistry 

When you think of chemistry, the first thing that comes to mind is science. However, a group of chemical students from South East China University of Science and Technology (SECUST) gave a different answer – chemistry is romantic!

This is the second year that Celanese has participated in the National University Chemical Video Contest, this time partnering with Mumian Pie (Kapok pie,) a team of three SECUST chemical engineering students. The contest is jointly organized by…

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The Budapest MikuLASS charity run for the visually impaired 

Through my role in the Budapest office, I have the opportunity to actively participate and lead community relations programs such as charity events or volunteering programs. I am also lucky enough to meet a lot of very interesting people, like last October when I met Steve Kalnoky.

Steve is a Hungarian who lived in the U.S. for a long time and got a really good taste for charity and volunteering there. Like me, he quickly realized the immense differences between community relations practices in the U.S. and here in Hungary.

Steve is a runner. He has been running for years, and when he came back to live in Hungary he continued this hobby on the Margaret Island in the middle of…

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Rock Star Scientists for a Day 

The swirl of colors is mesmerizing and fascinating to the eager young eyes watching intently. The fluorescent reds and oranges, the pastel yellows and blues on labcoats, on hair, on safety glasses, in petri dishes and in flasks become the center of attention as the chemists on stage keep shocking and surprising their young audience. Throughout the course of a single day, hundreds of youngsters sit on the edge of their seats believing what they thought impossible the day before…

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Danke – Thank you 

Danke (meaning thank you) is probably the word I said most in the last few months to all the colleagues that were engaged in the cake baking project and Christmas celebration day at the “Kids and Youth Village Seckach.”

It all started in the summer when my colleagues from Hungary told us about the cake contest in Budapest. We thought we could do something similar and decided to donate the money to the Kids and Youth Village Seckach, home to 180 kids in need from three to 18 years in age. We called the head of the social institution, shared our ideas and already started some planning. By that time we did not dream of…

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About Walk the Line – Creativity and fun helps all of us connect to safety 

At Celanese we strive to operate responsibly to make a positive impact on our communities and the lives of those with whom we work. Considering the high number of impressive videos, Cangrejera was one of four winners selected for their exceptional creativity.

The KeepSafe team is proud to continue our blog series with the Cangrejera site. Their video is impressive, integrating more than 2,000 hand drawn pictures! This video not only underlines the creative talent we have at Celanese, but is a fun way to…