We strive to be a respected and valued corporate citizen by creating positive and sustainable impacts in the communities where we operate.

Building and maintaining our community relationships is essential to our social licence to operate. Our Responsible Care and Social Responsibility standards define our goals and actions to build positive relationships in the communities where we have a significant presence and to be accountable and responsive to the public.

We actively engage in community dialogue through stakeholder associations and networks; public meetings and forums; collaborative community projects and initiatives; community seminars, conferences, presentations, emergency planning meetings; and neighbourhood and public meetings.

In addition, we have established Community Advisory Panels (CAPs) at our manufacturing locations to promote communication between Methanex and our fence-line communities. These CAPs provide a valuable forum for open and honest communications.

For more information about our community engagement efforts around the world, see our regional community pages.

Investing in our communities

Methanol is an essential part of everyday life and our operations have positive impacts in the communities where we do business. In addition, we regularly invest in supporting and building healthy communities that are great places to live and work.

Our community investments include partnering with employees through a matching grants program; financial assistance for health, safety and environmental initiatives; and support for regional educational development and scholarships.

For more information about our community investments around the world, please see our global locations community pages.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT AND VOLUNTEERING

Each of our global teams make investments and generously volunteer their time each year to help meet needs and support valuable projects in their communities.

In 2019, Methanex invested USD $1.67 million and contributed 12,620 hours to support communities around the world, benefiting 304 organizations.

Highlights from each of the regions can be found below. More information about our approach to community investment and volunteering can be found in our annual Responsible Care and Sustainability Report.

In Hong Kong, Methanex staff visited a local fire department with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delay, as part of our partnership with the Heep Hong Society. In Shanghai, staff engaged with hearing-impaired students from Shanghai Xuhui Local University to explore handcrafting activities together (pictured).

In Chile, our staff organized Solidarity Christmas with two institutions – the Villa Austral Nursery School and the Volunteering Puro Corazón Community (pictured). Our volunteers provided presents for children and food boxes for families, benefiting almost 200 people. In 2019, we also raised funds for the Telethon of Magallanes (to help people with disabilities). More than 70 staff volunteered to work during the event.

In 2019, over 90% of Vancouver staff volunteered for various initiatives, including United Way, the Edible Garden Project, Habitat Restore, and Burnaby Neighbourhood House. The team also provided funds to support Science World's Super Science Club (pictured), which provides science and technology activities to at-risk students.

Methanex Dallas was a Bronze Boot Sponsor of the annual Boots and Bandanas gala to raise funds for Camp Summit, a camp for individuals with disabilities. We were also a Silver Sponsor for the 15th annual Plano International Festival, a one-day community event dedicated to diversity and inclusion. The team also volunteered their time and talents to support Camp Summit Work Day, spending two days helping to ensure the camp was clean and safe for the new camp season (pictured).

Our Methanex Europe staff participated in a fundraising event for Run to Walk Again (pictured), which provides sports and exercise activities for children, young people, and adults with physical disabilities. We also helped fund equipment for Arche de Marie, a day center for adults suffering from cognitive impairment, and provided funds for gifts for the children in Home Reine Astrid, a nursery for children placed by court orders.

Our Geismar team made donations to River Parishes Community College (pictured) for construction of a Process Equipment Trainer (PET) unit for industrial crafts job training, the local volunteer fire department, and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. We also held a food drive to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, resulting in a donation of 732 pounds of food, equivalent to 610 meals.

Through our Safe Days program, Methanex New Zealand helped fund local safety-focused, community organizations Zeal, ASD Connex, Mahia Mahia, and Kidsafe Taranaki. We supported a range of educational initiatives, including the annual Methanex Maths Spectacular competition, engineering scholarships Waitara High School students, and Books in Schools. The Taranaki team also donated volunteer time to benefit the Waitara Beach Clean-up, East Taranaki Environment Trust, Taranaki Women’s Refuge, South Auckland Women’s Refuge, and Kaitake Ranges Conservation Trust (pictured).

Methanex Trinidad partnered with employees to support relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian and supported various charity golf tournaments throughout the year through sponsorships and team participation. We onboarded a new cohort of 23 students in Mentoring Our Children, a program which pairs Methanex volunteers with teenagers from local schools to provide tutoring, coaching, and life skills training. The team also assisted with relief clothing and food drives (pictured) on behalf of the charitable organization Living Water Community.

Medicine Hat teams built a shed for the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society (pictured) and helped in the community garden at the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank. For a third year, we sponsored the Earth Rangers’ School Assembly program, a scheme dedicated to educating young people on environmental issues. We also partnered with Medicine Hat Public Library to deliver its Methanex Library Card Sign-up Day. The event encouraged local residents to sign up for a library card by reducing any cost barriers to doing so.

Egypt employees participated in Excellence Days, which honours high-achieving students in neighboring areas. In the Damietta community in Egypt, with the help of Methanex employees, we once again delivered medical caravans providing physician consultations and medication to villages surrounding the city (pictured).

Social Responsibility Investment Criteria

Methanex's social responsibility programs allow the company and our employees to contribute to local communities in ways that are aligned with our core values and business strategy. Methanex has three areas of focus for our social responsibility initiatives:

  • Partnership with Employees

    Methanex partners with employees who contribute financially or as volunteers to organizations within their community. This partnership can be in the form of matching financial donations, providing corporate support for fundraising opportunities, or coordinating volunteer events at which other Methanex employees can participate.
  • Responsible Care

    Initiatives in this area include community outreach activities and programs related to health, safety and environmental initiatives.
  • Education

    Scholarships are a vital part of Methanex's social responsibility program. We provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships, co-op opportunities and summer employment to students who are pursuing studies in engineering, environmental studies, marketing, public affairs and international business. Funding academic research in areas aligned with our business is also an important part of our education portfolio.

For information on how you can apply for funding, please see our global locations community pages.