NOVA Chemicals values the safety and well-being of our communities and the environment. We take care to be a good neighbor in the areas where we live and work by promoting conversation, understanding and involvement. We contribute positively to community development, public policy and reporting.
Our work at NOVA Chemicals results in plastic products that take care of food, water and other goods vital to life. Beyond the resins we produce, NOVA contributes to the economic vitality of our communities by creating jobs, purchasing local goods and services, and paying taxes.
We look for and create opportunities for open dialogue with our communities to share information, listen and respond to any concerns. We recognize that sustainable business success requires building strong relationships with all of our stakeholders, especially our communities. That’s why each of our sites has a local Community Advisory Panel that meets regularly throughout the year.
When we undertake a sizeable facility change or expansion project, we reach out to our communities ahead of time to be sure they are aware of our plans, to incorporate suggestions whenever possible and to proactively address any concerns.
In Western Pennsylvania, support to the Carnegie Science Center helps to ensure the next generation has strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, both to fill workforce needs and to solve the complex problems of our times. Of particular focus is the Carnegie STEM Girls program, which works to improve academic achievement and increase interest and awareness of STEM topics and careers among girls. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Science Center.
NOVA Chemicals actively invests in the well-being of our communities. In 2015, we donated nearly $2 million to local community organizations. Our corporate donations address identified needs and focus on three core areas: Education and Science, Health and Community Service, and the Arts. The United Way is our primary vehicle for contributing to address community service needs.
Investing in our communities is more than just monetary. We provide gifts-in-kind to local organizations, such as surplus computers, equipment and furniture. Our leaders and employees also are active in the community as volunteers. In 2015, NOVA employees volunteered more than 5,000 hours to various community activities such as tree planting, river clean-ups, food drives and educational events.
Our work at NOVA Chemicals results in plastic products that take care of food, water and other goods vital to life. Beyond the resins we produce, NOVA Chemicals contributes to the economic vitality of our communities by creating jobs, purchasing local goods and services, and paying taxes.
Specifically, our NOVA 2020 initiative has resulted in significant investments in the Sarnia, Ontario and Central Alberta regions. In the past 10 years, we have invested more than $1 billion to retrofit and make capital improvements at our Corunna Site. Investment in our Joffre Site is estimated to exceed $1.2 billion over the next several years. A large amount of these financial investments benefit the local communities through equipment purchase, fabrication and a local construction workforce.