Community Engagement

Community engagement framework

Supporting our communities around the world

Community engagement framework

A Colorful Communities project in Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, France

PPG has a presence in 70 countries and many more communities. In each of those communities, we’re more than an employer. We’re neighbors. We’re invested in the success of our local communities, and we reach out to residents, governmental agencies and charitable organizations to help build strong, vibrant towns.

Our Community Engagement Framework helps to guide our outreach. This framework was developed in collaboration with PPG’s Sustainability Committee to outline recommended community engagement actions that facilities and sites are expected to implement. It represents one of the many ways we aim to embed sustainability to our operations. 

Sites are assigned to one of four program levels based on their size, type of operations and potential impacts on their communities. Each site aims to implement the community engagement activities that align with its corresponding level. Many go above and beyond these expectations.

Read the 2019 Sustainability Report to learn more about PPG's efforts around the world.

Community Engagement Framework

Program Level

Community Engagement Site Expectations

  • Community service is encouraged among employees.
  • Joint planning is conducted with community emergency services.
  • All Level 1 expectations
  • PPG site leadership must be active in local community organizations.
  • All Level 1 and 2 expectations
  • Community engagement responsibilities are assigned.
  • Employee volunteer team is formed to support community projects.
  • Relationship is established with local government officials.
  • All Level 1, 2 and 3 expectations
  • Community advisory panel is formed.


Site Spotlight: PPG Huntsville Gives Back

At our Huntsville, Alabama plant, PPG does more than manufacture aerospace transparencies. Our employees are dedicated to running science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community events, supporting local nonprofits, and using color to revitalize local landmarks. Some 2019 activities include:

  • At the Tech Trek Industry Expo, local PPG Young Professionals Organization helped 70+ students network and learn about science, robotics programming and more.
  • The PPG Huntsville Women’s Leadership Committee hosted more than 70 girls onsite to learn about STEM career opportunities.
  • As part of a Colorful Communities project, employees marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 first moon landing by restoring the local Saturn V replica rocket.
  • Active volunteerism by more than 400 PPG employees
  • Grants totalling more than $260,000 to support educational and aviation programs and STEM literacy in the Huntsville community.
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