Our commitment to social responsibility is reflected in the depth and breadth of our engagement and investment in the Taranaki community.
Investing in our Community
We are sponsors of the Taranaki Heart Foundation, North Taranaki Sports and Recreation Facility, The Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards, Methanex Bell Block Aquatic Centre, Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, Methanex Math's Spectacular Event, Duffy Books in Homes, Riding for the Disabled, Puanga Festival in Waitara and the University of Canterbury.
A volunteer committee of employees oversees donations to community organisations up to $1,000 and arranges employee volunteer events and donation drives. Our employees take part in an annual beach clean-up and are involved in riparian plantings, as well as other environmental and social projects. We also sponsor and participate in events such as The Relay for Life and the Children's Extravaganza Day.
Advancing Education in New Zealand
As passionate supporters of education, Methanex funds scholarships for students graduating from Waitara High School and we provide two scholarships to university students studying engineering. We work closely with local schools on projects including enhancing classroom chemistry resources, upgrading the furniture in a school's library and improving the landscaping.
In 2012, we provided NZ$750,000 to the University of Canterbury for a Chair in Metallurgy and a five-year study grant for research into improving the performance of stainless steel piping used in the reforming stage of converting natural gas to methanol.
Since 2010, as members of the Energy Skills New Zealand, Methanex and other local industry organisations have sponsored the Certificate in Process Operations (Oil & Gas) training programme, which is run by the Western Institute of Technology in New Plymouth. We have provided scholarships for several students in the programme.
In addition, each summer we hire tertiary students in their final year of study. This provides valuable work experience for the students who contribute to projects across a range of departments.
Striving for a Safer Community
We've been running a safety programme called 'Safe Days' since 2014 to bring the community, employees and contractors together to promote responsibility and personal ownership for safety.
Every injury-free day is highlighted with a green dot on big billboards at the entrance to our site and $150 a day is donated to a charity or community project over a quarter of the year.
Since we have been operating our Safe Days programme we've supported 14 organisations donating more than $170,000 to help with long-lasting community initiatives.
In 2017 the nominated Safe Day Recipients are: Taranaki Retreat, Enviroschools, Big Brothers Big Sisters and East Taranaki Environment Trust.
Community Advisory Panel
In 1996, we created a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) in Taranaki to develop and enhance relationships with neighbouring communities through a two-way communication process. The CAP includes 14 people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including tangata whenua, neighbours, a schoolteacher, members of local Rotary and Lions groups, emergency services, students and a customer.
The CAP meets four times a year and is closely involved with our business, engaging in discussions on topics ranging from health and safety to finance and gas supply issues. The CAP chairs its own meetings and Methanex representatives attend by invitation. The CAP has brought Methanex closer to the Taranaki community and in turn, the community has a well-established mechanism for directly interacting with Methanex.
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