Joining forces on this annual global day of giving, PPG employees around the world came together for the fifth year to participate in Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
Celebrated this year on Tuesday, November 30, with a theme of radical generosity, the concept that the suffering of others should be as intolerable to us as our own suffering, Giving Tuesday kicks off the global year-end charitable season. Our Europe, Middle East, Africa, French Overseas and Suriname (EMEA) region was the first to join this philanthropic initiative in 2017, with many efforts supporting the Charity Partner program.
Through the Charity Partner program, employees at each PPG EMEA location are encouraged to select a charitable organization in their local community for the entire site to rally around and support through volunteer work and a variety of fundraising efforts. PPG matches funds raised by the local facility.
This year, employees in nearly 20 countries across multiple sites engaged in the effort through interactive and creative activities that supported multiple non-profit organizations in their local communities.
Czech Republic: The Brno site organized its second online raffle to benefit Domov sv. Markety, the site’s Charity Partner which supports pregnant women and mothers in need. Project organizers took a creative approach to the raffle, using Teams to get employees involved and conducting a live prize drawing on the platform. Employees won gift cards, a day off and other items. Participation exceeded expectations, with employees raising hundreds of dollars for Domov sv. Markety.
Finland: With Tikkurila employees joining, this site organized a campaign for Kummit, an COVID-19 emerging needs grant recipient and newly announced Charity Partner. This organization brings awareness and support to mental health work amongst children and adolescents.
Germany: Employees collected used mobile phones and raised funds for Deutsche Umwelthilfe, an organization with a mission to protect the environment.
Italy: Brescia, Casaletto Vaprio and Milano supported their Charity Partner Fondazione Geronimo Stilton through a cookware sale, which was a huge hit and over $1,000 USD was raised.
Nigeria: To support its Charity Partner, employees collected items and put together care boxes that were then donated to assist residents of the Bethesda Home for the Blind.
Poland: A collection of items was organized for Paczka dla Lwowiaka in Wroclaw. This organization supports families in need who have suffered from financial difficulties. Christmas cards were also written and sent to help spread holiday cheer.
Portugal: Supporting Fundação Rui Osório de Castro, an organization providing pediatric cancer awareness, employees in Sacavém sold products from the organization.
Russia: Employees across Russia collected donations to support Detskiye Serdsa, its Charity Partner. The organization provides care to children with heart conditions.
Spain: Employees in Valencia and Valladolid sold Christmas decorations to support their Charity Partners, Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer Valencia and Asociacion Autismo Valladolid.
Switzerland: At our European headquarters in Rolle, employees launched a collection of food and hygiene products for long-time Charity Partner Fédération Vaudoise des Cartons du Coeur.
The Netherlands: An online fundraiser was organized for local Charity Partner Running Blind, which supports the participation and integration of individuals with visual impairments to sports.
Turkey: Employees raised funds for local Charity Partner AHBAP, an organization serving low income families living within the country.
United Kingdom: Employees at our Stowmarket plant held a bake sale to support Charity Partner AJ’s Legacy and also collected goods for local Stowmarket and Area Foodbank, while those at our Runcorn site made hampers that will be delivered on Christmas Eve for Runcorn Children’s Centres. Our colleagues in Shildon collected winter clothing for local charity Shildon Alive.
USCA-wide: Employees donated to eligible nonprofit organizations through our Matching Gifts programs, earned GIVE Volunteer Grants for sites where they volunteer and sought Innovative Classroom Grants to support their local schools.
Despite all of the challenges that 2021 has brought, PPG employees showed their dedication and passion for community. We are ‘PPG Proud’ to continue to bring color and brightness to the communities where we live and operate.
Click here to learn more about how employees engage in their local communities.