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Local volunteers take part in LyondellBasell's Global Care Day

Published: Monday, April 16, 2012 12:30 p.m. CDT
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One of the youngest volunteers, at left, who took part in LyondellBasell's Global Care Day helps spread mulch at Illinois Valley Industries in Morris.

LyondellBasell volunteers on five continents worked together Saturday, April 14, to create positive change in their local communities as part of the company’s Global Care Day program for community service.

More than 3,500 LyondellBasell volunteers in 61 communities participated in the company’s 13th annual Global Care Day. The worldwide day of community service involved people helping people in 20 countries with a combined 14,000 hours of volunteer service. The numbers add up to a better world, one community at a time.

“Global Care Day is a special day for LyondellBasell," LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly said. "While many of our people dedicate their time and energy to our communities throughout the year, Global Care Day gives us an opportunity to use our scale to be a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world in a span of 24 hours."

About 80 volunteers from LyondellBasell’s Morris Complex, including employees, family members and friends, helped at Illinois Valley Industries by power washing and sealing wood structures, such as decks, fences and benches, spreading mulch and cleaning gutters to prepare for spring rains.

“Illinois Valley Industries provides a very unique and needed service in the Morris community," Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said. "When companies like LyondellBasell and its employees donate and volunteer to help such an organization during their annual Global Care Day, it exemplifies what the Morris business community can do when we all work together."

Other LyondellBasell sites organized multiple service projects, adding up to 69 total projects that provided an estimated economic impact of nearly $420,000. Projects include debris removal at Burgaz Island off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey, the banks of the rivers Main and Rhein in Germany and the Alishan National Scenic Area in Taiwan.

Environmental learning centers and habitats were built for schools in Houston, La Porte and Channelview, all in Texas. A historic African-American cemetery in Houston was cleared and landscaped, a stone wall will be painted at a school in Ferrara, Italy, and a park in Bay City, Texas, received new trees and outdoor exercise stations along a walking path.

Other projects assisted people in need, such as orphans in Vietnam; grieving children in Lansing, Mich.; the hungry in Melbourne, Australia, and Mansfield, Texas; abused children or women in Jackson, Tenn., Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Westlake, La.; and a center for people with disabilities in Houston.

LyondellBasell established Global Care Day in 2000 as a way to reach out to local communities where the company operates. It challenges employees worldwide to participate in community service above and beyond ongoing community involvement activities with a special project on the same day.

Each participating site selects a project that meets the following criteria: it addresses a community need, it is aligned with one of the company’s community-relations focus-areas of education, environmental conservancy or community prosperity and the result will be a visible improvement because of employee involvement.

About LyondellBasell’s Morris Complex

The Morris Complex for LyondellBasell Chemical Company’s Equistar business is one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the Midwest. Using natural gas liquids as raw materials, the plant manufactures polyethylene and polypropylene plastic resins. These resins serve as building blocks for our customers who manufacture such products as leak-proof and shatter-proof containers for industrial and household liquids, packaging that protects our food from spoilage and contamination, and children’s toys that are safe and durable.

About LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies.  The company manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com.

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