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 long-term sponsors of the Methanex Bell Block Aquatic Centre, Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, Methanex Math's Spectacular Event, Duffy's Books in Homes, Riding for the Disabled, the annual Methanex Family Fun Ride and the University of Canterbury.
A volunteer committee of employees oversees donations to community organisations 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 including the Relay for Life, Naki Run Amuck 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 Petroleum Skills Association NZ, 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
In 2013, while major construction was under way at the Motunui and Waitara Valley plants, we implemented a safety programme, "Safety Here in the Community," to bring the community, employees and contractors together to promote responsibility and personal ownership for safety.
For each day without a lost-time injury, Methanex donated a set amount to one of five nominated charities. After achieving 74 out of 75 injury-free days, we contributed nearly NZ$50,000 to five different non-profit organisations, including St. Johns Tainui (Mokau) (NZ $29,600), Urenui Volunteer Fire Brigade (NZ$4,750), Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust (NZ$5,000), North Taranaki Community House Trust (NZ$5,000) and the Waitara Volunteer Fire Brigade (NZ$5,000).
The programme continues as Safe Days in 2016 with Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust, North Taranaki Neighbourhood Support, Bluelight North Taranaki Trust, Waitara Central and East Schools being the chosen recipients for our donations.
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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