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 support social outcomes in Taranaki through our community and environment programme. Key partnerships have included sponsoring the winch for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust over three years, supporting St John's Taranaki and the development and building of the Clifton Sports and Community complex in Waitara.
We are also sponsors of the Taranaki Regional Council Environment Awards; the long-running maths competition for New Plymouth high school and primary school students, the Methanex Math's Spectacular; Duffy Books in Homes; the Taranaki Toy Library, Women's Refuge, the Puanga Festival, and the Engineering School at the University of Canterbury.
We provide grants to community organisations of up to $1,000 and staff get involved in volunteer events and donation drives, such as an annual beach clean-up, supporting local Foodbanks and pest eradication on the Kaitake Ranges.
In 2020 we supported 45 charitable organisations through sponsorships, grants, scholarships, gifts in kind and staff volunteering.
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 chemistry and metal work resources, providing computers and safety equipment for various local organisations and clubs.
Supporters of the University of Canterbury for many years, Methanex funds Mechanical Engineering student projects and the Methanex Professorship of Metallurgy. Methanex has also supported more than 100 Mechanical Engineering final-year students through project sponsorship, and seven PhD students at various funding levels. The research contributes to 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 provide scholarships for several students in the programme.
In addition, each summer we hire tertiary students in their final year of study. This provides valuable paid work experience for the students who contribute to projects across a range of departments.
Striving for a Safer Community
In 2020 as part of our Safe Days programme, which worked to bring the community, employees and contractors together to promote responsibility and personal ownership for safety, St John Taranaki received funding to enhance their community programmes.
Through our Safe Days programme over the years, we've supported 31 organisations by donating more than $450,000 to help with enduring community initiatives.
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 people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including tangata whenua, neighbours, local schools, members of local emergency services and clubs, our logistics partners and customers.
The CAP has a close link 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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