Community involvement

Kemira aims to actively build good relationships with the communities in which it operates by being involved in charity and participating in social initiative days in the realms of environment, education and technology. In 2012, Kemira set a target to further develop its community involvement work globally.

Through community involvement, Kemira can develop the positive image of the company as a responsible neighbor. This includes involving surrounding communities while at the same time engaging Kemira’s own people, aiming to promote the importance of water chemistry in solving water-related challenges. Thus, the themes of the community involvement actions mostly revolve around water, but also other issues, such as clean neighborhoods, safety and people’s wellbeing, can be addressed.

Active involvement according to local needs

Community involvement rose to the list of sustainability targets defined by Kemira in 2012. The target is that by 2015, each Kemira site that employs over 50 people would have participated in a local community involvement initiative at least once.

The concrete community involvement actions will be tailored to local needs. Examples of possible actions include open days, cooperation with schools, and other events enhancing sustainability, such as participation in non-profit associations’ charity work or work for a cleaner environment. 

Community involvement actions initiated in 2012

In 2012, Kemira participated in community involvement activities at 37 sites in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Of these sites, 11 employed over 50 people. This represents 38% of all Kemira sites with over 50 employees.


Examples of activities in 2012 Location
Meetings and information letters
  • USA: Bartow, Baltimore, Fontana, Spokane, Varennes, Bushy Park
  • Slovenia: Ljubljana
  • Sweden: Helsingborg
  • Norway: Fredrikstad
  • Canada: St. Catharines
Open days
  • Austria: Krems
  • China: Nanjing
  • Finland: Äetsä
  • Canada: Ottawa
Collaboration with schools
  • Canada: St. Catharines
  • The Netherlands: Botlek, Tiel
  • Austria: Krems
  • Brazil: Telêmaco Borba
Donations to local charities and community service associations
  • Canada: St. Catharines
  • UK: Bradford

Sponsoring of local sports and cultural activities

  • USA: East Chicago
  • The Netherlands: Botlek, Tiel
  • Austria: Krems
  • Norway: Fredrikstad
  • Poland: Police
  • UK: Bradford
  • Canada: St. Catharines

Communication with environmental and city councils, universities and research institutes

  • Finland: Espoo
  • The Netherlands: Tiel