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 Stakeholder Relations Policy defines our goals to build positive relationships in the communities where we have 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 2020, Methanex invested US$1.7 million and contributed 7,500 hours to support communities around the world, benefitting 310 organizations.
Information on our 2020 community investments and volunteering can be found in our annual Sustainability Report.
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 EmployeesMethanex 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 CareInitiatives in this area include community outreach activities and programs related to health, safety and environmental initiatives.
EducationScholarships 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.