Support for tomorrow’s scientists

LANXESS pledges USD $250,000 to the science education of students in El Dorado, Arkansas, USA.

Experimenting and discovering, discussing and solving problems. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program – STEM for short – brings students closer to science in an applied approach to learning. Over the next five years, LANXESS is supporting the program in El Dorado, Arkansas in the United States with a total donation of USD $250,000.

The backstory to LANXESS becoming a corporate citizen is the acquisition of Chemtura, a global leading supplier of flame retardant and lubricant additives, with a plant El Dorado, Arkansas. “Social engagement in the communities near our production sites is part of our corporate philosophy – worldwide,” said Anno Borkowsky, Managing Director of the Additives Business Unit at LANXESS. “That’s why at LANXESS 2008 we launched a global educational program to help bring students closer to science.” An approach the STEM program also pursues. According to Borkowsky, LANXESS, in collaboration with local school district representatives, will develop individual projects for El Dorado in the coming months. Joey Hamlin, Site Manager of the El Dorado plant, also sees this involvement as a way of integrating LANXESS into the local community. “It shows the company’s desire to foster education in our schools, including that of potential future employees.” A prospect that excites El Dorado School District Superintendent Jim Tucker and his coworkers. “The donation is a major plus for our students, and for the state of Arkansas.”

In addition to supporting science education, LANXESS is also donating USD $10,000 to the El Dorado Boys and Girls Club. The club provides free-time activities and education programs for children and teens between the ages of 6 and 18, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.