2016 Sustainability Report



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 our 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 nearly $9.8 million in 2016, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 25 countries. To ensure this investment had the greatest impact, we focused our resources on the areas that we are best positioned to support:

  • Community sustainability: Revitalizing local buildings, updating community spaces and meeting other pressing needs.
  • Education: Helping young people develop the skills needed to succeed in manufacturing, research and development, information technology and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.
  • Employee engagement: Supporting and encouraging our talented employees as they seek to make a meaningful difference in their communities every day.

We also actively engaged with all stakeholders to ensure we are meeting their expectations and needs and that they better understand our commitment to corporate citizenship and sustainability.

Learn more on the PPG Community Engagement website. »

Bringing color and vitality to communities

An updated, more colorful park, playground and traffic school in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, is once again an important community hub. A colorful mural is giving new life to an old wall in Cieszyn, Poland. Brighter, more colorful buildings are welcoming courageous children with serious illnesses at a transformative camp in Ohio, USA. Local residents near Auckland, New Zealand, are enjoying activities in an environment reflecting the colorful traditions of the area's Maori and Pasifika people at a restored community center. Young students around the world are learning in brighter, more engaging classrooms.

These are just a few examples of how we brought color and vitality to more than 40 schools, playgrounds and other shared community spaces in 2016 through the COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ program. The program provides PPG volunteers, paints, coatings, specialty materials and financial contributions to brighten communities where the company operates around the world.

We donated more than 9,300 gallons (about 35,200 liters) of our paint and coatings and provided more than $1.5 million in funding for nearly 60 projects completed since the program’s launch in 2015 through 2016. Additionally, more than 3,400 PPG and community volunteers have donated around 17,400 volunteer hours to help brighten communities by painting, repairing, cleaning and helping in other ways. The program has positively impacted more than 1.8 million people in 20 countries.

Read more about our Colorful Communities projects around the world. »

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