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      Donations: Making locations more livable

      Donations

      Making locations more livable

      Social responsibility is deeply anchored in Covestro's corporate culture. The company's approach aims at improving quality of life for people. After all, Covestro benefits from a prosperous environment around its sites, where a majority of Covestro's employees live.

      Covestro has developed a donation strategy specifically tailored to the needs in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). It is based on feedback from those who benefit from its donations. Discussions with representatives from the local communicities help Covestro to determine the areas in which the company's support is needed most.

      Almost all municipalities mentioned digitalization as a key area for improvement. Schools and other educational institutions, in particular, often do not have access to the proper equipment. Hence, Covestro donations mainly support projects that accelerates the digital transformation around its three NRW sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen and make municipalities brighter places to live.

      In Brunsbüttel, Covestro regulary supports a variety of associations, initiatives and schools. This allows a wide range of different project partners to benefit from Covestro's commitment to its production sites.

      Donations

      Making locations more livable

      Social responsibility is deeply anchored in Covestro's corporate culture. The company's approach aims at improving quality of life for people. After all, Covestro benefits from a prosperous environment around its sites, where a majority of Covestro's employees live.

      Covestro has developed a donation strategy specifically tailored to the needs in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). It is based on feedback from those who benefit from its donations. Discussions with representatives from the local communicities help Covestro to determine the areas in which the company's support is needed most.

      Almost all municipalities mentioned digitalization as a key area for improvement. Schools and other educational institutions, in particular, often do not have access to the proper equipment. Hence, Covestro donations mainly support projects that accelerates the digital transformation around its three NRW sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen and make municipalities brighter places to live.

      In Brunsbüttel, Covestro regulary supports a variety of associations, initiatives and schools. This allows a wide range of different project partners to benefit from Covestro's commitment to its production sites.

      Donation projects in Leverkusen

      Training center for teachers: Media studio

      In 2019, Covestro supported the construction of a Media studio in Leverkusen. A financial contribution from the company helped the city to build a central, innovative training center for teachers with state-of-the-art equipment - including interactive, mobile touchscreens, notebooks, tablets, and teaching software. The media studio offers teachers the opportunity to deal with challenges associated with digitization through practical exercises.

      Teachers need to have access to state-of-the-art hardware and software. This is the only way they can align their lessons with the latest digital technology and teach students how to handle new media – in particular as they prepare for their professional careers. The Media studio helps teachers to structure their lessons in a more effective, diverse and productive way. This is something everyone can benefit from.

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      Donation projects in Dormagen

      DINT Forum as a multi-media learning facility

      Covestro supported the construction of a central, alternative learning facility at the Volkshochschule Dormagen in 2018. The DINT Forum is designed to offer school children, trainees, companies and associations a multi-media learning environment. Guests can learn more about topics related to digitalization, computer sciences, natural sciences and technology.

      Erik Lierenfeld (center), Mayor of the city of Dormagen, Dr. Ute Müller-Eisen, Head of Politics at Covestro in North Rhine-Westphalia, and Dr. Daniel Koch (right), Managing Director of Covestro’s facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia, stand in front of the active panel, the heart of the DINT Forum.

      Thanks to a donation from Covestro, the training room at the DINT Forum was equipped with a digital active panel. It allows students to write or draw all at the same time. In addition, the active panel can upload content and materials directly to connected mobile devices, supporting collaborative learning and teaching. iPads, laptops, printers, and instructional software are now available in this “digital classroom” to ensure a multimedia learning experience.

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      Donation projects in Krefeld-Uerdingen

      Promoting media competence in Krefeld-Uerdingen: Zentrum für digitale Lernwelten

      As of November 2018, schools in Krefeld have a central location for digital education at the Zentrum für digitale Lernwelten. The center is a place where teachers can take training courses and learn about digital devices and media. The offer is also available to school children for extra-curricular learning.

      Thanks to support from Covestro, the center was able to purchase modern presentation technologies such as projectors, a smart TV and smart board, learning software like Ozebot, Calliope and Lego WeDo, and laptops, 3D printers and an audio system. With the help of learning apps and content tailored to individual learning levels, students can learn more about algorithms, programming and the control of complex technologies.

      This allows them to program Lego robots, for instance, which then automatically move blocks from A to B to load and unload them. Students learn basic digital skills and more challenging programming abilities in a entertaining manner. Teachers also benefit from it. They can decide which devices and programs are suitable for their lessons.

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      Donation projects in Brunsbüttel

      1,000 protective masks for the Westküstenklinikum in Brunsbüttel

      During the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, some medical institutions ran out of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their staff. In mid-April 2020, Covestro donated 1,000 FFP2 face masks to the Westküstenklinikum in Brunsbüttel. The masks were urgently needed for the doctors and nursing staff at the clinic. The FFP2 face masks have particulate filtration and help to protect the user against nearby germs.

      Günter Jacobsen, Deputy Managing Director of Covestro’s facility in Brunsbüttel (right), and Dr. Marc Voßkämper, Medical Head of Covestro Brunsbüttel (left), hand over the FFP2 masks while maintaining appropriate distance from Dr. Thomas Thomsen, Medical Director of the Westküstenklinik (2nd from left) and Axel Schultz, Business Manager of the Westküstenklinik (2nd from right).

      It was important to Covestro to support local organizations and be a good neighbor during the coronavirus pandemic. The Westküstenklinik did have a good PPE-stock before the outbreak of the pandemic, but welcomed Covestro's help due to the uncertain supply situation at that time. The donation provided the Westküstenklinik with additional security.

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