As a member of the Celanese Foundation Dallas Site Committee (DSC), I have been involved in numerous discussions regarding how we can embrace, grow and fulfill our core value of “Improving the World.”  These discussions have taken place in DSC meetings, over lunch with colleagues and in the hallways of LCB and DBS.

One of the exciting ideas to come out of these discussions involves taking “Local” the concept of the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) where we would take the knowledge and skills that we have as Celanese professionals and apply those to local NGOs for their benefit.  Of course, we always have to have an acronym for something here at Celanese, so how about this: CLIP or Celanese Local Impact Program.

I am proud to say that we are already seeing this “CLIP” concept in action. During the week beginning September 29, a team of individuals from the SEE Team and IT (Roy Tanner, Brenda Holden, Matt Moffat and I) spent two days with the Irving Cares organization conducting an event similar to our “SEE Solution Events” where we mapped out and ultimately improved the Irving Cares Food Pantry Inventory Management Process.  As a result of this effort, we identified opportunities to reduce the Food Pantry inventory by more than 50 percent while lowering the Food Pantry cost by a minimum of $40,000 per year and perhaps by as much as $150,000 per year.

Conducting this event at Irving Cares was both interesting and rewarding.  It was interesting because the dynamics that we encountered during the event with the Irving Cares staff was no different than the dynamics we see in most of the Solution Events that we conduct here at Celanese:  eyes were opened to existing issues that were not fully understood by all,  greater appreciation for the challenges and difficulties that are encountered by various groups in the process was obtained, and both old and new ideas were discussed in a more comprehensive way that resulted in greater understanding by all with agreement to move forward.

It was rewarding  because we were able to take the knowledge and skills that we use at Celanese each and every day and apply those to an organization that has extremely limited resources but has the important mission to “Improve the World” by providing the residents of Irving with “temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency.”  In other words, it was rewarding because I had a real sense of purpose because I knew what I was doing was going to have a profound, positive impact on individuals who are facing some really difficult times.

Kyle Taylor, director of the Irving Cares Food Pantry and coordinator of volunteers said: “Irving Cares and Celanese have a great partnership that is dedicated to identifying and providing Irving residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency.  The new tools and skills that we have learned from working with Celanese better equip Irving Cares to be better prepared to face today’s challenges and better plan for those in the future.”

It is certainly an honor to work with Irving Cares on such an important endeavor and it is very rewarding to see the benefits that they will obtain.  To that end, I would encourage each of you to consider the professional knowledge and skills that you and your colleagues possess that may be of benefit to a local NGO that is near and dear to your heart.  Once you have done that, just make a call and I have no doubt that the NGO will welcome you with open arms.