A Heart for Refugees
In Germany alone, 158,000 refugees have sought protection this year. They flee their homelands because they fear war and political power struggles and consequently see no opportunities there for themselves. For this reason, we, the nine bachelor degree students at the Celanese Sulzbach site in Germany, took heart and organized a social day at Villa Anna in Eppstein during this pre-Christmas season.
The Villa Anna, which was once an addiction therapy center, was converted into a shelter for…
Making Myself at Home
I always look forward to participating in Celanese’s Global Impact Week (GIW). Employees from around the globe volunteer simultaneously and positively to impact the people and communities where we live, work and play. This year 3,588 employees spent 17,556 hours working with local organizations that needed our help painting, planting, learning, cooking, visiting and more. Thank you for your commitment to improving the world around you!
This year, my team volunteered at Vogel Alcove. Vogel Alcove provides …
CIIP: Improving the World Through Collaboration
In October, I had the pleasure to participate in a unique event – a great demonstration to see how we give back to our communities. During the closing meeting of the CIIP (Celanese International Impact Program) in Łódz, Poland the three Celanese teams shared their results with representatives of the organizations we supported during this program. In the CIIP, 10 Celanese employees from across the globe spent a month with 3 different non profit groups, working on…
Seventy-Five Years of People Making the Difference
Narrows, Virginia, is a small town located in southwest Virginia in Giles County with a population of approximately 2,000 people. The New River flows through this town crossing the Appalachian Mountains.
Narrows is part of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area which is one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S. The region has been ranked on multiple occasions within the top five areas to raise children considering education, safety and economic development.
The color of the seasons could not be more vibrant around this area. From the bright greens in the Spring, through the orange and red leaves in Autumn, to the white scenery that brings the snow fall during the Winter.
A river, mountains and several hiking trails are also neighboring scenery to the world largest…
CIIP Going Local
As a member of the Celanese Foundation Dallas Site Committee (DSC), I have been involved in numerous discussions regarding how we can embrace, grow and fulfill our core value of “Improving the World.” These discussions have taken place in DSC meetings, over lunch with colleagues and in the hallways of LCB and DBS.
One of the exciting ideas to come out of these discussions involves taking “Local” the concept of the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) where we would take the knowledge and skills that we have as Celanese professionals and apply those to local NGOs for their benefit. Of course, we always have to have an acronym for something here at Celanese, so how about this: CLIP or Celanese Local Impact Program.
I am proud to say that we are already seeing this “CLIP” concept in action. During the week beginning September 29, a team of…
Stepping out from behind the corporate curtain
I’m in my early 20s and slowly learning the DOs and DON’Ts of daily corporate life.
- DO show up to work earlier rather than later.
- DON’T stay in your cubicle all day long.
- DO ask others if they need help on projects they are working on.
- DON’T be afraid to ask for help.
As I am trying to learn as much as possible, I have found myself caught in a bit of a trap. I’m watching each step I take so carefully, with a fixed gaze on my feet, I have forgotten to look up and look in the mirror. I sometimes work to reflect this corporate image I have in my mind, rather than the…
Framing innovative and sustainable customer solutions in the Building Materials world
In a recent blog, Stephanie Daigle, vice president of U.S. Public Affairs for Celanese, introduced us to the important work being done in the American Chemistry Council’s Value Chain Outreach (VCO) initiative and explained the leading role Celanese is playing. Beyond staying informed, the ACC (and by extension, Celanese) is actively working to influence key stakeholders so that we can better anticipate the needs of our customers regarding important evolving issues. These stakeholders in the area of building materials include architects, building owners, contractors, environmental NGOs (non-government organizations) and government organizations at the federal, state and local levels.
Building materials is an exciting and dynamic segment. Over the last decade, many building codes, environmental mandates and voluntary green building rating systems have had an extraordinary…
What my drive to work taught me about the Internet of tomorrow
It is not uncommon for my conversations with Gen Xers and Baby Boomers to touch on the idea that technology might hamper our ability to connect with others.
I guess it is because I work in enterprise Information Technology (IT). Conversations tend to shift toward technology and a lot of people only see the consumer side of the industry – a side dominated by social media. It’s probably natural to wonder why everyone seems to be focused on a smartphone instead of physically interacting with the world around them. It’s like talking about the weather –a topic none of us will really disagree on.
“Yes, it is hot outside.” “Yes, two kids might stand next to each other and communicate via text message instead of actually talking.”…
Celanese Collaborates with Industry for Greater Transparency
Our industry is changing rapidly. Not surprisingly, we’re being shaped by significant social, environmental and economic forces. Our goal is to be at the forefront of these innovative and transformative changes that will result in more transparency and openness within our industry and with the public.
Working with the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Celanese and others have undertaken an ambitious project to partner with and educate stakeholders with a direct interest in the safe use of chemical ingredients. Together we have built ties with direct customers, competitors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. We want to help them make…
Learning the value of Values: An intern’s perspective
When we started working on the Celanese Values Challenge, a two-week competition we hosted at our company headquarters in Dallas, we set out with a charge: to educate Celanese employees about our new values so they could internalize and connect with them. We expected employees to learn about our values by participating in the challenge; however, in the end, we realized how much we had internalized those values ourselves.
Our managers demonstrated to us how much they valued Employee Growth, one of Celanese’s six values, by giving us the responsibility of not only coming up with the idea of a competition from scratch, but also finding creative solutions to implement every step of the way no matter what roadblocks we faced. When push came to shove, we learned…
Celanese Foundation Annual Giving Fair – Giving Hope!
Recently at the Celanese company headquarters in Dallas, more than 40 non-profit organizations in the areas of health, education, hunger and shelter spent two hours sharing their organizations services with more than 250 employees and visitors at the Celanese Foundation Annual Giving Fair. The event was followed up with a survey allowing employees the opportunity to provide feedback on agencies and areas they want the Celanese Foundation to financially support in the future.
Hope is so important to this endeavor, and it was encouraging to see hope in action. As an event planner for Celanese, setting up and preparing for the organizations, employees and guests — and then watching everyone…
How Curiosity and Collaboration Helped my Growth and Development
Curiosity is a good thing, especially when it comes to personal growth and your career! Last year I asked colleagues and customers to consider providing me feedback for my year-end review. It was a bold move, but I was interested in what they would say and how I could improve. You see, my role is unique on the global communications team. I am responsible for the Celanese intranet and manage the editorial calendar. On a daily basis, I work together with team members in Budapest, Frankfurt and Shanghai to share company news. Based on their feedback, I was challenged to consider working on some non-Dallas projects and learn from my colleagues in other regions. So, I prepared a summary to share with my boss.
I have always had a healthy fear of performance reviews, but with our new approach to employee performance, I was optimistic that this year’s discussion would ease my discomfort. During my review…
Building the communication skills you need
Do you aspire to lead a team, an organization, a corporation? Have you thought about the communication skills you will need?
Leaders who move organizations in powerful directions connect with people and build a shared vision of the future. Being a strong communicator can significantly enhance your chances of success. Whether it’s one-on-one, with your leadership team, business or global enterprise, people need to believe in you and your message before they’ll follow you. Good communications can help. At the same time, by developing communication skills, you are building a career asset that will set you apart.
A rare number of people are born…
Lessons Learned on the Beach
The volunteer work we did was relatively simple – sift the sand on the beach through screens to separate rocks, debris and other objects so the former seaside resort town could return to its previous beautiful state. The lessons I learned from touring the town and learning about the catastrophe were more complex.
Approximately 30 minutes after the earthquake, a wall of water between 50 and 60 feet high swept through the town with the type of force I had previously only seen (or imagined) in movies. Sixty-two percent of the towns 4,000 households were…