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What does KeepSafe mean to you? Video contest blog series showcases stories behind winning entries 

Working safely at Celanese is an essential personal commitment and value that ensures we keep ourselves, families and communities safe on and off the job. The Celanese safety identity, KeepSafe, was created with this in mind. We embrace safety as a personal responsibility to ourselves and our coworkers because everyone’s life is valuable and our families count on us to return home safe-every day.

Earlier this year we asked employees to participate in a fun…

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Think Pink 14. Race for the Cure in Frankfurt 

When I got sick in 2010, I decided to participate in the annual Race for the Cure in Frankfurt. For health reasons, it unfortunately never actually happened. So it makes me that much happier that Celanese accepted my idea last year of letting employees participate in this event this year.

This year I was fit enough to run and I had a great time. The weather, the people and the atmosphere…

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Celanese Helping to Make China Safer 

Three years ago Celanese entered into a joint working relationship with China’s State Administration of Worker Safety (SAWS), the agency that regulates industrial health and safety in that country. Our purpose was to provide expertise in the area of process safety and help guide SAWS in enacting process safety regulations. Presently, China has no process safety regulations while most of the western world has process safety regulations such as the EU SEVESO, US PSM, and Mexico NOM standards. Since the goal of process safety is to prevent hazardous chemical releases, our participation in this effort will ultimately help save…

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Watch the Celanese International Impact Program Video! 

Over the past month, the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team has shared their stories of their experiences in Uberlândia, Brazil working with local NGO’s to make an impact on the community. Now you can see for yourself the amazing results of their four weeks through this video and hear from the wonderful people working to support these non-profit organizations. Enjoy!

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Working Together To Make Lasting Change in Brazil 

As I reflect back on the past month of my life while in Uberlandia, Brazil, I think to myself how lucky I am to have been chosen to be a part of something as special as the CIIP Team in Brazil. I never knew that being in a country where I do not know the language could be so challenging, fun and interesting. I tried to imagine what I would be doing before I came to Brazil, and man was I surprised at the events that happened. I never knew my life would be changed forever, and it’s a good feeling!

What do you do when you come together with individuals that you have never been around? You work for the same company, but yet you are strangers…

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Making An Impact and Memories in Brazil 

Brazil, Uberlandia is a place full of nice and friendly people whom I met in October.  The wonderful memories will always be in my heart for many years. The experiences I’ve gained during this trip not only gave me  insight into the physical aspect of voluntary work, such as helping  people and an organization, but also the emotional aspect of it as well through interactions with the people we served.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) that I worked for is SOS Mulher Família Uberlândia. This organization provides psychological, social and legal assistance to people involved in family violence. I was greatly impressed by how these unsung heroes and heroines assisted these…

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SOS Women and Family of Uberlândia: From Caterpillar to Butterfly 

Sebastiana, 75 years ‘young’, is the housekeeper at #SOS Women and Family of #Uberlândia. Even at this age, she is hard-working and displays remarkable strength and resilience in exercising physical activities. Lamenting the weight of the years, she posed a simple, but profound question:

“Do women in the countries we come from work at her age?”

“Women never stop working.” I replied, considerately.

SOS Women and Family provides social, psychological and legal assistance to people who experience domestic violence, mostly low-income women living on the outskirts of town. In the words of a Chinese proverb: “Women hold up #half the sky.” Yet this is typically an aspiration as women are

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DEUS É BOM PRA MIM 

“DEUS É BOM PRA MIM” in English means “God is good to me.” This line of verse is a refrain from a children’s bible song. Everyone sang this beautiful melody at Casa Betesda before lunch each day. They sang this song to motivate their guests or themselves. We joined them in the chorus to celebrate their optimism and let them know even people from thousands mile away also care for them. This convinced us that volunteering for the CIIP was one of the best decisions we have made in our lives!

Thanks to the first Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP), our team had a chance to work for Casa Betesda, which means…

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Reflections of Brazil 

Our final week in Uberlandia, Brazil, was pretty emotional, to say the least.  Saying good bye to the people we grew close to in Brazil was tough.  Saying good bye to the 9 persons in our organization that we worked with or spent time with every day was tougher.  I can truly say that each person I came in contact with impacted my life in one way or another. I learned so much in the short time I spent in Brazil, not just from the Brazilian people, but more importantly from the nine other outstanding people from our organization that made up the first ever CIIP team. Most of the CIIP team is writing about what they did in Brazil and about how great their experience was working with the NGO’s and the Brazilian people.  I personally want to take a minute and tell you about…

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Aligned, Empowered and Committed to Success 

When I signed up for the CIIP, I was looking for an adventure. I knew I was going to a place I had never been before – a place most tourists don’t go. I knew I was going to work with nine other Celanese employees that I didn’t know. I knew I was going to help someone else and make the world a little better.

About a month before we left, we were told which NGO (non-governmental organization, a.k.a. charity) we would be working with and what they wanted us to do.  Rick, Barry and I got a “Scope of Work” that was two paragraphs. It said Casa Betesda’s registration, inventory and donation systems were all on…

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A Garden Of Bounty In Brazil 

The excitement I had when I got the news that I was going to Brazil is hard to put in to words, but the feeling I had when actually landing in Brazil after a long and exhausting flight is even harder to describe.

It was a mixture of joy, nerves, excitement, amazement, but most of all ready to start!

I arrived on Friday morning and the rest of the team started to arrive one by one later that day. After being met by Rodrigo from CDS (the company that organized the CIIP project for Celanese) we had lunch in the mall close by and had a chance to finally get to know the people we have been…

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Train To The Future 

I wanted to be part of the CIIP as I wanted to help to make the world better through my efforts.  I spent 30 days in Uberlandia, Brazil, and left a piece of myself there.  I have gained much more than I have given and I wish to share my feelings about my experiences, although it’s difficult to do so.

Day 1: Looking at these smiling faces, 30 days later, this picture looks more like a big family photo.   In the coming 30 days: we would open our hearts and trust each other, we would help…

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Mumbai Milestones 

All roads seemed to lead to Mumbai, India recently. And not surprisingly, therefore, the streets were  overflowing with people. We were hosting several Celanese executives – Todd Elliot, Scott Richardson, Mark Oberle and Eddie Luen – who had joined us for a much-awaited customer appreciation event.

We finally got agreement for Thursday, Sept 19th – the day after “Ganesh Festival,” to hold the event. On this day, the always chaotic Mumbai traffic is further burdened with hundreds of people taking part in long street processions, for the final ‘elephant god’ idol immersion ceremony, chanting Ganapati Bappa Morya…

So yes, it got a bit crowded. As they say here in India, if you had thrown a stone, you would…

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All About The People: Celanese International Impact Program 

Looking back to one month in Brazil, it is easy to say what affected me most, namely all the people I met during this journey.

The smart, popular and funny CIIP Team – It was an honor for me to work and spend a lot of time with this wonderful group.  Celanese did a very good job in selecting awesome individuals to work together on a multicultural team. The diversity  of nationality, age, experience, habits, backgrounds, etc., was exciting, challenging and a lot of fun. I never felt bored or even alone during this month in a foreign country. I would have never imagined learning…

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Changing The Way We Communicate To Our Customers 

Changing the way we communicate to our customers
Email was one of the first forms of communications on the internet, and as the technology has evolved over the last two decades so has how we access that email. Celanese, much like many corporations, has continued to evolve with ways in which we access email, traditionally with Outlook on our computers, but furthering that to BlackBerry.  And now, with Bring Your Own Device program we expand that to include smartphones and tablets as well. Our customers have followed the same trends, so how we approach communications to those customers has to adapt as well.

Email client usage today
The most recent statistics from Litmus, an online email analytics provider, shows that a whopping 45% of all emails that are opened are opened on a mobile device.  Not surprisingly, Apple’s iPhone ranks #1 on that list garnering 24% of all email opens, with Outlook…