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The Human Side Of Celanese – We’re Committed To KeepSAFE 

Human is the theme of our recently released stewardship report – appropriately named, as our stewardship performance impacts humans in many ways. Personal safety, process safety, and environmental performance all impact our employees, contractors, neighbors and the communities where we operate. Stewardship performance is closely aligned with our interaction and impact on humans…

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Collaborative Process Safety: How To Steal Shamelessly And Get Away With It! 

I have the coolest job at Celanese. In process safety, we save lives, protect the environment and preserve all our jobs by keeping bad things from happening in our manufacturing plants. This may seem like a rather bold statement, but consider the toxic gas release that occurred in Bhopal, India in 1984. The company which had the incident no longer exist. The chemical industry was transformed in a positive way through regulations and voluntary improvements to the way we design, build, operate and maintain our manufacturing facilities…

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A Human Difference: The Chemistry Behind Our Culture Of Stewardship 

As former vice president of stewardship and operational excellence, I’ve had the opportunity to experience stewardship from a unique perspective. Having been with Celanese for less than two years, I’m impressed by our extensive commitment to our stewardship culture: worker safety, environmental protection and the commitment to caring for precious natural resources. Among similar companies globally, Celanese rates in the top decile in the world for measured stewardship performance.

Stewardship often brings two things to mind: safety and environmental sustainability – and Celanese is well-known for handling both with diligence and care. But at Celanese, stewardship means more than just avoiding incidents at our facilities and it means more than just protecting the environment. It also means caring for our people, our community, our planet and our customers…

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Celanese Achieves Second Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Goal in Four Years 

On May 16, the Department of Energy recognized Celanese Corporation for its goal achievement in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge for the second time. After meeting its first energy-efficiency target in 2013, Celanese followed up with a new target and met that goal this year, reducing energy intensity within U.S. plants by an additional 21 percent.

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Celanese’s highly-diversified product portfolio serves a broad range of end-use applications including paints and coatings, textiles, automotive applications, consumer and medical applications, performance industrial applications, filter media, paper and packaging, chemical additives, construction, consumer and industrial adhesives and food and beverage applications.

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Celanese Celebrates Earth Day 

On April 22, the world unites to celebrate the Earth. Earth Day started in 1970 as an initiative to create appreciation for the environment, support sustainability, maintain biodiversity and emphasize the environmental issues that concern us as humans. Now, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Increased demand for energy and sustainability have become key issues – or opportunities –  due to the challenges and limitations we are dealing with.  Following this approach and aligning to the Celanese values, Improving the World and Being Sustainable, the Celanese Global Energy Team is celebrating this day as a permanent and sustainable tradition.

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Energy At Work And At Home 

Why do we focus on energy reduction at work?  Our manufacturing processes require significant amounts of energy to make our products — equivalent to the annual electricity use of about 1.3 MM US homes — which is why we are committed to maximizing energy efficiency and the reduction of associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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Growing And Learning At Celanese 

It’s taken me some time to get used to the safety culture here at Celanese, but I’ve learned plenty about how to do better over the last few months. While I’ve slipped, tripped and fallen on everything from trains, planes and automobiles, I am excited to say that I haven’t had an incident this week so far. I’ve been accident free while preparing for the day, commuting and moving about the office. It’s funny how quickly things can change.

Every day I’ve woken up and found the right shoes to wear and checked the weather before heading out the door. I’ve been driving slowly on my way to work, being sure to check traffic beforehand. I’ve even rearranged my workspace for improved ergonomics.

When I began writing this blog series my goal was simply to have a better safety record, and I think I’m headed toward success. With your feedback—and help from the people that I’m lucky to call my team mates—I’ve learned plenty about the importance of safety at home and in the office.

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Five Commuting And Travel Tips 

What did your most hectic commute look like? Or your worst travel experience?  In the weeks since my last post, I’ve had a few mishaps while commuting to, or traveling for, work. I ran into more car trouble than I care to remember, tripped over my own gym bag while running into the office, and had an embarrassing run-in with airport security. So, I’ve been left wondering—what could make my morning commutes and my future travel experiences run smoothly and safely?

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Good Days Start With Planning 

We all have lousy days, and last week I had one of my lousiest. I embarrassed myself in a meeting, destroyed my company laptop and locked myself out of my car. My day began like any other. I got up and showered, brushed my teeth and then headed for the door. Seems like a perfect morning. So what went wrong?

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Bipartisanship Means Everyone Wins 

At Celanese, responsible chemistry and innovation are what we strive for.   And as leaders in our industry we need to foster every possible opportunity to encourage our company’s continued growth and expansion. Which is why in the last several months the news out of Washington, DC is encouraging and may signal a new day for Celanese and chemical management in our country.

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Celanese Collaborates With Industry For Greater Transparency 

Our industry is changing rapidly.  Not surprisingly, we’re being shaped by significant social, environmental and economic forces.  Our goal is to be at the forefront of these innovative and transformative changes that will result in more transparency and openness within our industry and with the public.

Working with the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Celanese and others have undertaken an ambitious project to partner with and educate stakeholders with a direct interest in the safe use of chemical ingredients. Together we have built ties with direct customers, competitors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. We want to help them make…

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Operate Responsibly: A Common Mission Of All Celanese Facilities 

Honesty, openness, integrity and doing what is right is how we describe being a responsible company.  These basic principles guide how we act on a daily basis with regard to the community, our employees and the environment.

At the Bishop site in south Texas, we are very fortunate to have an excellent relationship with the local community, one which has been earned over the past 68 years. Quarterly community meetings are conducted to review the site’s major activities and address any concerns that may exist. Here are some examples of…

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KeepSafe – The One Stop Terminology For All Your Safety Needs 

At Celanese we seek to operate responsibly to make a positive impact on our communities and the lives of those with whom we work. Singapore site employees challenge others to demonstrate the right behaviors to protect our personal safety both in the workplace and in our homes. Last year the site was recognized with the most creativity award. Watch the following video to go behind the scenes of their winning entry by the Keep Safe team. Please leave a comment to congratulate them…

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About Walk The Line – Creativity And Fun Helps All Of Us Connect To Safety 

At Celanese we strive to operate responsibly to make a positive impact on our communities and the lives of those with whom we work. Considering the high number of impressive videos, Cangrejera was one of four winners selected for their exceptional creativity.

The KeepSafe team is proud to continue our blog series with the Cangrejera site. Their video is impressive, integrating more than 2,000 hand drawn pictures! This video not only underlines the creative talent we have at Celanese, but is a fun way to…

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What Does KeepSafe Mean To You? Video Contest Blog Series Showcases Stories Behind Winning Entries 

Working safely at Celanese is an essential personal commitment and value that ensures we keep ourselves, families and communities safe on and off the job. The Celanese safety identity, KeepSafe, was created with this in mind. We embrace safety as a personal responsibility to ourselves and our coworkers because everyone’s life is valuable and our families count on us to return home safe-every day.

Earlier this year we asked employees to participate in a fun…

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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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Life Within REACH 

If you believe this post”s headline points to a vital matter that was successfully mastered, you are not mistaken. However, the issue at hand may be a bit different than you initially thought…

I am sure that in the course of our working lives we all reached agreements, reached conclusions, maybe learned how to operate a reach forklift – but did you know that Celanese has a ”REACH team”? If you heard of this team before, did you wonder how you ”do REACH” – and why? You can find out now – I would like to explain…

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Award Winning Sustainability 

At Celanese, operating our manufacturing facilities to make a positive impact on our communities and the lives of those we work is core to our vision.  

On April 23, Celanese was honored at the Association of International Chemical Manufactures (AICM) Responsible Care Ceremony in Beijing, China by receiving the Responsible Care Chairman Award.  Celanese won the Chairman award for its dedication and leadership in the area of safety, environmental protection and health to neighboring communities and the China Society.

Two weeks later, on the other side of the world in Miami, Florida, Celanese was…

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Florence Site Highlights Safety Best Practice 

It was intern training day 2011 for Celanese and there I was, sitting in Florence, Kentucky, waiting for orientation to end and excited to start my new internship.  We watched the site safety video, filled out some forms, and heard numerous other lectures about job-related safety.  At the time, I figured that safety education began and ended on orientation day.  I had learned how to be safe, what else was there to know?  Wow, was I wrong.  I immediately learned that safety at Celanese was first and foremost on everyone’s mind.  “Safety First” wasn’t simply a catchy slogan around the office, it was a credo, a way of life.  Throughout my summer in Florence from the business office to operations, safe practices were taught, discussed and acted upon.

Fast forward to summer 2012 and my second internship at Celanese.  I began orientation day at the Bishop, Texas, site in much the same way as the previous year, except this time the culture of safety was already something I was used to – until I arrived at my department the Reliability Engineering Group in the Reliability and Maintenance Section.  Here safety is taking on a whole new meaning thanks to the innovative ideas of several mechanics and maintenance staff.  The site leadership places an active emphasis on safety, personalizes it, and fosters a family environment.  Characteristics like “Family,” “Attitude,” and “Brother’s Keeper” encourage everyone to look out for each other and speak up when they see something unsafe.

The responsibility is on everyone – not just site leadership.  Even as an intern I know…