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Month: November 2013

Being Sustainable

Celanese Helping To Make China Safer 

Three years ago Celanese entered into a joint working relationship with China’s State Administration of Worker Safety (SAWS), the agency that regulates industrial health and safety in that country. Our purpose was to provide expertise in the area of process safety and help guide SAWS in enacting process safety regulations. Presently, China has no process safety regulations while most of the western world has process safety regulations such as the EU SEVESO, US PSM, and Mexico NOM standards. Since the goal of process safety is to prevent hazardous chemical releases, our participation in this effort will ultimately help save…

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Watch The Celanese International Impact Program Video! 

Over the past month, the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team has shared their stories of their experiences in Uberlândia, Brazil working with local NGO’s to make an impact on the community. Now you can see for yourself the amazing results of their four weeks through this video and hear from the wonderful people working to support these non-profit organizations. Enjoy!

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Working Together To Make Lasting Change in Brazil 

As I reflect back on the past month of my life while in Uberlandia, Brazil, I think to myself how lucky I am to have been chosen to be a part of something as special as the CIIP Team in Brazil. I never knew that being in a country where I do not know the language could be so challenging, fun and interesting. I tried to imagine what I would be doing before I came to Brazil, and man was I surprised at the events that happened. I never knew my life would be changed forever, and it’s a good feeling!

What do you do when you come together with individuals that you have never been around? You work for the same company, but yet you are strangers…

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Making An Impact And Memories In Brazil 

Brazil, Uberlandia is a place full of nice and friendly people whom I met in October.  The wonderful memories will always be in my heart for many years. The experiences I’ve gained during this trip not only gave me  insight into the physical aspect of voluntary work, such as helping  people and an organization, but also the emotional aspect of it as well through interactions with the people we served.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) that I worked for is SOS Mulher Família Uberlândia. This organization provides psychological, social and legal assistance to people involved in family violence. I was greatly impressed by how these unsung heroes and heroines assisted these…

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SOS Women And Family Of Uberlândia: From Caterpillar To Butterfly 

Sebastiana, 75 years ‘young’, is the housekeeper at #SOS Women and Family of #Uberlândia. Even at this age, she is hard-working and displays remarkable strength and resilience in exercising physical activities. Lamenting the weight of the years, she posed a simple, but profound question:

“Do women in the countries we come from work at her age?”

“Women never stop working.” I replied, considerately.

SOS Women and Family provides social, psychological and legal assistance to people who experience domestic violence, mostly low-income women living on the outskirts of town. In the words of a Chinese proverb: “Women hold up #half the sky.” Yet this is typically an aspiration as women are

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DEUS É BOM PRA MIM 

“DEUS É BOM PRA MIM” in English means “God is good to me.” This line of verse is a refrain from a children’s bible song. Everyone sang this beautiful melody at Casa Betesda before lunch each day. They sang this song to motivate their guests or themselves. We joined them in the chorus to celebrate their optimism and let them know even people from thousands mile away also care for them. This convinced us that volunteering for the CIIP was one of the best decisions we have made in our lives!

Thanks to the first Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP), our team had a chance to work for Casa Betesda, which means…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Reflections Of Brazil 

Our final week in Uberlandia, Brazil, was pretty emotional, to say the least.  Saying good bye to the people we grew close to in Brazil was tough.  Saying good bye to the 9 persons in our organization that we worked with or spent time with every day was tougher.  I can truly say that each person I came in contact with impacted my life in one way or another. I learned so much in the short time I spent in Brazil, not just from the Brazilian people, but more importantly from the nine other outstanding people from our organization that made up the first ever CIIP team. Most of the CIIP team is writing about what they did in Brazil and about how great their experience was working with the NGO’s and the Brazilian people.  I personally want to take a minute and tell you about…