Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Supporting Our Communities and Our People

Today, we meet the challenge of social responsibility through our commitment to our Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Perfect Day process, effective implementation of our HSE Mission and Guiding Principles, Responsible Care®, commitment to a building a diverse and inclusive workforce, engagement with and supporting the communities where we live and work and advancing socially responsible business practices through partnerships and other industry frameworks.

We continuously strive to be better stewards of our environment and our communities with each exciting new product innovation, through our community engagement initiatives and by supporting our internal teams to do their best work while maintaining balance with their family and non-work life.

With all that we do at Ecovyst, we are actively working to improve the health and safety of our workforce, vendors, customers, and neighboring communities, now and for the future.

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Our Commitment to Ethics, Integrity and People

Our corporate culture is built on the personal integrity and honesty of every employee. Our business must comply with the laws of the countries where we operate and sell our products, and we require that every member of the Ecovyst team make decisions with the utmost integrity and the highest of ethical standards.

We maintain a robust Code of Conduct that sets forth the guiding ethics and compliance principles all of employees must adhere. Each employee receives Code of Conduct training upon joining our team and our instruction includes topics such as: avoiding conflicts of interest; promoting and protecting health, safety and the environment; avoiding bribery and corruption; prevention and reporting sexual harassment and workplace discrimination; and complying with trade laws, among others.

Community Partnership

Giving back to the community is core to our businesses, both domestically and internationally. We support our local communities by providing our time and resources to improve the lives of our neighbors. Our goal is to have 100% of our sites engaged with communities in meaningful ways specific to their locations. In 2022, approximately 90% of our Operating and R&D sites were engaged with their communities in meaningful ways specific to their locations. Such engagement included charitable contributions and/or volunteer hours.

Here are some examples of our many community outreach endeavors during 2022.

At our Ecoservices locations:

  • The Baytown, TX plant earned the Inaugural Ecovyst Community Impact Award for the Most Impactful Social Contribution in 2022. This plant remains actively involved in its community by lending support to local schools, the local police department, and the local Community Advisory Panel.
  • Since 1997 our Houston, TX plant has recognized outstanding achievement by awarding merit based, four-year scholarships to promising neighborhood students. In 2022, the plant provided a $15,000 scholarship to a local high school student, an increase of $2,500 over the amount provided in prior years. Many of the awardees have returned to the community as leaders, business owners, and medical professionals. The Houston plant also provided gifts to five neighborhood families during the holiday season and held a dinner for community members at the local Community Advisory Panel meeting.
  • The Baton Rouge, LA plant provided holiday gifts to twenty (20) underprivileged children through the local Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
  • The Dominguez, CA plant donated $1,000 to the local Rotary Club, which used the funds to buy food for local families. The plant also contributed to a local Boys and Girls Club.
  • The Hammond, IN plant organized a school supply drive to benefit local schools and conducted a toiletry drive for families and individuals in need.
  • The Martinez, CA plant held a joint Community Advisory Panel with Petroleum Refining Company PBF Energy, which included a guest speaker from the California Accidental Release Prevention program.
  • The Portland, OR plant partnered with the local community’s Neighborhood Watch program.

At our Advanced Materials and Catalysts locations:

  • The Conshohocken, PA R&D plant donated to the Whitemarsh Community Ambulance Association and the Spring Mill Fire Department.
  • The Delfzijl, The Netherlands plant participated in the Chemport Challenge, in which students in the University of Groningen’s Life Science and Technology Program visited several chemical plants to solve academic cases as part of their curriculum.
  • The Warrington, U.K. plant sponsored a local grassroots children’s soccer team, the Appleton Rangers.

At our Corporate locations:

  • The Malvern, PA location partnered with a local church to provide holiday gifts for local school district children whose households would not otherwise be able to afford gifts.
  • The Woodlands, TX location donated blankets, popcorn, and Christmas candy to the Montgomery County Community Center.
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Building for the Future

Building on a global footprint, our talented and dedicated employees number nearly 900 and come from diverse communities. This international network of employees, supported by our core values of integrity, ethical behavior and fairness, fosters a rich culture founded on diversity of thought.

We prioritize the well-being of our people and the communities they represent by focusing on employee engagement. We value all aspects of diversity and are making successful inclusion one of our highest priorities.

At Ecovyst, we are investing in the future through people to create a diverse, competent and multi-generational team. Our talent acquisition team identifies and presents diverse candidate slates, which enable us to attract the best talent for our organization.

Our workforce must reflect the rich and varied diversity of the societies in which we operate. We know that the best business solutions are derived from unique contributions by our people across the organization, and these contributions are what make for a more sustainable and equitable business.

We firmly believe that success is achieved through the intellect and commitment of our people and are employing a long-term human capital program to not only attract, but also retain and develop our employees. We maintain a robust Emerging Leaders program to not only identify but retain top talent to build leadership capabilities and provide the fundamental skills every leader needs to generate passion and productivity in their team. The program also provides an invaluable networking opportunity that creates a connected community of leaders at Ecovyst.

Additionally, our global succession planning process ensures that we have sufficient talented personnel to fill key leadership, innovation and manufacturing roles well into the future and to better prepare employees for their future at Ecovyst.

Creating and fostering a truly diverse and inclusive work culture is one of our highest priorities. Each of our employees brings a unique and valuable perspective and together they solve problems, develop new solutions for customers, and enhance one another’s workplace experience. It is this diversity of thought that cultivates innovation and growth—of both our people and of our company as a whole.

We Respect and Promote Fundamental Human Rights

We are committed to conducting business in an ethical manner that respects human rights. It is our policy that Ecovyst and its vendors, suppliers, contractors, consultants, and agents must comply with all applicable human rights laws and not utilize any form of forced labor, human trafficking or slavery. Any allegations of violations of this policy will be thoroughly investigated and, if appropriate, corrective actions will be taken.

We follow the requirements of Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 and other applicable laws.