BEIJING – PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, has donated RMB 900,000 (approximately $145,000) to the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University to help set up a Social Responsibility Research Fund through the Tsinghua University Education Foundation (TUEF). The fund will fully support in-depth research into the social responsibilities of corporations, governments, nongovernmental organizations and citizens, and it will help with reports, activities and media communications regarding social responsibility.
PPG has been actively involved with social and charitable programs in China and across the Asia-Pacific region. This work has covered aid for education, disaster rescue and environmental protection efforts as well as making donations to disabled children, the elderly and the infirm. In 2009, PPG helped construct 50 “PPG Care Libraries” in earthquake-stricken Zitong County, Sichuan province, donating more than 170,000 books as well as all interior coatings. For the last four years, PPG has donated clothing and supplies to children in Yushu, and PPG’s China scholarship program honoring high-achieving university students has entered its tenth year. The company also held an “Eco classroom” open day at its Tianjin coatings plant to promote environmental awareness.
In December 2012, PPG was named one of the top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) companies in China, and was selected from over 3,000 nominations to win the CSR Award Special Prize for the third consecutive year, recognizing PPG for its exemplary social responsibility practices. Cathy Yan also gained recognition for her leadership of PPG’s corporate social responsibility endeavors in China, taking last year’s Award for Excellence in Social Responsibility for an Individual.