When confronted by the extraordinary challenges facing our communities in 2020, we took decisive action to utilize our resources and support important community causes that align with our values.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PPG and the PPG Foundation made contributions valued at more than $4.5 million globally to relief efforts that address immediate and emerging challenges in our communities caused by the pandemic. We directed our resources towards:
- Partnering with leading humanitarian and food service organizations: We were proud to support the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Chinese Red Cross Foundation to fund critical relief efforts in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. We also supported several local foodbanks in communities where PPG has a presence around the world, as well as Feeding America’s efforts in the U.S. to help food banks meet increased community needs.
- Funding local, on-the-ground recovery efforts: We dedicated more than $1 million to support organizations in our communities addressing emerging needs and those hardest hit by the pandemic. In addition, we supported several local organizations focused on reducing the educational challenges faced by many students as schools transitioned to virtual learning and many faced food insecurities.
- Supplying critical resources: We made in-kind supply donations of paint, masks, hand sanitizer and more to hospitals and other organizations across our global markets to assist the efforts of our courageous medical community, totaling more than $720,000. As an example, PPG provided 80,000 masks to hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York, Cleveland, Detroit and Huntsville, Ala., and also donated more than 290 gallons (1,100 liters) of MASTER’S MARK™ anti-bacterial interior latex coatings by PPG to Shanghai Tong Ren Hospital.
- Supporting our headquarters community: The PPG Foundation is committed to supporting our global headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and made donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Emergency Action Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.
- Activating employee support: Employees were encouraged to make personal donations to organizations serving vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19 and the PPG Foundation provided a 2:1 match. Virtual volunteering occurred around the world.
In 2020, PPG and the PPG Foundation also outlined a commitment to invest $20 million by 2025 to address systemic racism and advance racial equity in the U.S. by funding educational pathways for Black communities and people of color. The commitment, which was announced in February 2021, strengthens PPG's focus on education – a priority giving area for PPG and the PPG Foundation – and furthers its support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The $20 million investment reflects PPG's commitment to support:
- Advanced STEM education and career development - Supporting Black people and people of color who are pursuing advanced studies in engineering, chemistry and data science by funding scholarships and by supporting academic and career counseling programs
- K-12 STEM education - Encouraging interest among more Black students, and students of color, through hands-on STEM experiences in afterschool programs, camps and in-school settings, as well as mentoring and career exposure. PPG will focus on programs that promote inclusion, provide professional development and build bridges that enable middle and high school students to successfully pursue advanced learning opportunities and STEM careers.
- Social justice - Supporting new partners dedicated to social justice that were identified in collaboration with PPG's employee resource networks (ERNs). PPG will support a range of social justice initiatives that focus on civil rights, criminal justice reform and the cultural heritage of Black communities and people of color.
- Beautifying diverse communities - Increasing the number of PPG COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® projects that impact diverse communities.
- Ongoing impact opportunities - Funding additional opportunities impacting Black and people of color that will be identified in collaboration with PPG employees, leaders and community partners, on an ongoing basis.
Through this approach, the PPG Foundation will continue to invest more than 50% of its U.S.-based grantmaking to support causes that focus on Black communities and people of color, veterans, women, LGBTQ+ populations, economically disadvantaged individuals and families, and people with disabilities. In implementing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) commitments, PPG employees are encouraged to engage in volunteerism and financially support social justice organizations. These contributions will be supplemented by the PPG Foundation through the Matching Gifts and GIVE volunteer grants programs.
This initiative builds on the financial support that PPG and the PPG Foundation delivered earlier in 2020 to various organizations supporting racial justice and DE&I. The PPG Foundation provided initial and immediate support of $100,000 to the NAACP, the Center for Policing Equity, and the Equal Justice Initiative. In addition, the Foundation matched employee donations 2:1 to nonprofit organizations who are working to address equality and racial injustice. We continue to seek areas where we can increase our support and make a difference in the fight for equality.
Our support of these important efforts is a continuation of our focus on communities every day. PPG and the PPG Foundation collaborate and engage with employees, community partners and other stakeholders to make our vision of bringing color and brightness to communities a reality. We dedicate financial contributions, apply our products and use the power of our employee volunteers to address the needs of our local communities and transform lives. Our global giving totaled $13 million in 2020, supporting hundreds of community organizations across more than 30 countries. To ensure this investment had the greatest impact, we focused our resources on the areas that we are best positioned to support – education, community sustainability and employee engagement.
In 2020, PPG invested $5.2 million to help grow the next generation of STEM leaders. PPG funding helped community partners adapt to remote formats and supported opportunities for STEM discovery and advanced learning, including $940,000 in student scholarships.
Our Colorful Communities program represents a 10-year, $10 million commitment, bringing together PPG volunteers, local nonprofits, PPG products and financial support to provide a fresh coat of paint, rejuvenated energy and sense of pride to community spaces in need of a refresh. Despite the limited opportunities for in-person projects due to COVID-19, we completed 28 Colorful Communities projects around the world in 2020. The program, which celebrated its five-year anniversary in 2020, marked the completion of 330 projects. Since its inception, more than 17,400 employee and community volunteers have brought color and brightness to community assets in 42 countries, impacting more than 6.7 million people.