Community values

It is Elementis policy to actively promote the safety and well-being of the communities in which we operate and to ensure that we conduct our business in a way that is open and transparent to our neighbours.

We seek to engage positively with our local communities. It is our policy to operate as a “good neighbour” and we encourage and facilitate employees volunteering or fund raising in support of local community organisations.

Elementis takes a decentralised approach to working with the communities in which we operate. The Company sets guidelines but does not dictate any specific areas or priority for corporate support, since we are aware that needs and priorities vary from community to community.

This bottom up approach is designed to encourage management and employees at individual sites to focus on local issues and to take full responsibility for implementation of local programmes.

Examples of our community involvement include the following:

  • Elementis continues to be a sponsoring partner of the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium in California, which provides many environmental education programmes and resources for teachers and students. Our Newberry Springs mine is located near the Mojave desert.
  • Employees are given support, eg time-off work or flexible hours, when they decide to give up some of their time to take on volunteer roles with charity or other not-for-profit organisations.
  • Employee fundraising activities are supported through Company donations or under our sponsorship programme which matches (within scheme limits) amounts raised by employees.
  • Elementis sponsored a child from Belarus under the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity which enables disadvantaged children, aged between 7 and 13 years, to spend a month in the UK each summer for five years, where they make new friends, build confidence and self-esteem and learn new skills.
  • Every year, Elementis makes charitable donations to a wide range of groups and organisations, helping many different causes supported by our employees that have included local youth and sports clubs, schools, arts groups, hospice and other welfare related groups and medical research/health related charities.