Methanex continues to invest in initiatives throughout Trinidad and Tobago which are aligned with our social investment pillars of Education, Employee Partnerships and Responsible Care.
As a committed partner to the communities in which we live and operate, Methanex invests resources – both human and financial capital, into initiatives and programmes that are aligned with our commitment to education, safety, health and the environment.
Volunteerism is engrained within the Methanex culture and, on its foundation, we have forged long-lasting, meaningful relationships between the Company and the Couva community in Trinidad. Volunteerism acts not only as a vehicle for demonstrating our care through community partnerships, it activates Methanex’s Core Values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Professionalism whilst creating developmental opportunities for emerging leaders within our organization.
Volunteering to Positively Impact to Local Communities
In 2019, Methanex launched an Employee Volunteer Programme called the “CSR Challenger”. The Programme promotes and recognizes employee volunteerism by encouraging team members to give back to society.
Examples of projects undertaken by team members include relief aid work at local charities, book drives, school food supplies to relief organizations and fundraising for charity.
Following the destruction in the Bahamas by hurricane Dorian in 2019, Methanex volunteers raised approximately USD12,000 to assist with the rebuilding efforts.
In 2021, this was repeated as employees raised approximately another USD12,000 for the relief efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the heels of the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano and the ensuing devastation of the island. In addition to funding, Methanex also donated relief supplies as part of a wider national aid programme spearheaded by the business Chambers.
With the severe negative economic impacts of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, our team joined forces to once again demonstrate the Power of Agility by raising approximately USD22,000 to support local communities. Funds raised were directed to the following projects:
- Partnering with the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago to provide daily hot meals to an estimated one hundred and fifty (150) COVID-19 Frontline Health Care Workers during the period March to May 2020.
- Provision of equipment and supplies to the South West Regional Health Authority to complete the outfitting of its Covid-19 Patient Step-down Facility in Debe, Trinidad.
- Financial support to the Living Water Community to offset the cost of COVID-19 supplies needed for five (5) homes under its Social Ministry including two (2) Cancer Hospices, two (2) Children’s Homes and one (1) Senior Citizen Home.
- Donation of over 100 food hampers to provide relief to adversely affected families in partnership with local organizations such as the Caldrac Club; Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce; the Court Shamrock Shelter for Displaced Persons; the Wesleyan Children’s Home; and the Love All, Serve All Organization – a soup kitchen in the city of Port-of-Spain which cooks and distributes daily hot meals to persons in need.
Building Local Skills Competency
Methanex has actively partnered with the National Energy Skills Center (NESC), the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber and local energy services contractors to sponsor competency assessments and certification for plant fitters and fabricators in Trinidad.
NESC’s competency assessments utilize the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) system to recognize the existing competencies of individuals who lack formal training or certification. Since 2016, 482 plant fitters and fabricators have benefitted from the assessments supported by Methanex. This partnership project enhances local workforce capability, while creating positive and sustainable impacts in communities around Trinidad.
Methanex has also actively promoted skills and careers in the petrochemicals sector as viable alternatives for young women in Trinidad. An example of this was in July 2019, when Methanex’s staff, including a senior female leader from the Manufacturing Team, shared their career journeys and delivered the feature address at the NESC’s first annual “Girls in Coveralls” career fair. The event raises awareness among young women of the opportunities to pursue education, training and careers in the petrochemicals sector which has been a traditionally male-dominated one.
Promoting STEM Education Among Youth
Since 2018, Methanex has been promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education through the sponsorship of STEM and Coding Workshops for teenagers.
In 2018 and 2019, Methanex partnered with the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) to co-sponsor workshops in Coding Fundamentals for Secondary Schools across the island.
Methanex also collaborated with the Trinidad Community Advisory Panel (CAP) and the Smart Kids Educational Club in 2019 to deliver STEM Robotics workshops for teenagers from fence line communities. The workshops sought to introduce the students to STEM applications and careers using interactive computer programming and robotics.
Mentoring Junior Leaders
Our 'Mentoring Our Children' (MOC) program pairs Methanex employees with high-potential secondary school students from low-income families. As mentors, Methanex employees encourage students to think about the professional and personal possibilities that come with a commitment to sound education, strong values and responsible choices. Employees lead and manage the program with company funding for activities.
In 2009, the company’s involvement was increased through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to improve the living conditions of students with the most urgent need. Houses have been constructed for four families to date. Methanex funds the construction material, our employee volunteers join families in providing sweat equity and Habitat for Humanity manages the project.
In 2014, Methanex was recognized for this work when we received the 'Best Social Investment Project' CSR Award from the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.
Since 2019, Methanex has been actively supporting the students’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to raise their awareness of the career opportunities in the STEM field.
Our Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is supporting Methanex in building sustainable relationships in fence line communities, as an important link for information sharing and feedback. In partnership with the CAP, we have hosted developmental workshops and projects for teenagers and adults, including:
- Certified Training in First Aid and CPR.
- A Kitchen Garden for the Couva Home for the Aged.
- Personal Safety Awareness including Self Defense for Women.
- Preparing Young Adults for the World of Work.
- Self-Esteem, Career Guidance, Fabric Design and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention.
In 2019, Methanex partnered with the CAP to deliver Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workshops for teenagers in the community to help raise awareness of the career opportunities in the growing STEM field.
Additionally, and following dialogue with community members and the CAP, in 2019 Methanex also supported the delivery of a Community Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society. The purpose of the workshop was to build community awareness and resilience to natural disasters such as floods, storms, hurricanes and earthquakes.
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