Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, has recently donated vital funds to build a new water safety set with safety education charity Absafe at their headquarters in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. Cabot’s Speciality Fluids business team in Aberdeen also held its internal Global Safety Day event at Absafe on April 5, 2018.
The donation will allow Absafe to build an exciting new workshop that will teach school children how to stay safe in and around water. The recent launch of the Scottish drowning prevention strategy highlights the huge local challenges with regard to water safety, with an average drowning rate double that of the rest of the United Kingdom.
Kirsty Robertson, SH&E Manager for Cabot’s Speciality Fluids segment said, “Safety is fundamental to who we are as a company, and through our relationship with Absafe we can broaden safety education to the local community. Our teams have thoroughly enjoyed the events that we have conducted with Absafe, as they have made safety education fun, engaging and interactive.”
Absafe’s chief executive Emma Bellu said, “By funding our water safety set, Cabot will play a vital part in reducing drownings in the North East and support the next generation to be safe in everyday life. We’re delighted that our partnership continues to grow from strength to strength, demonstrating the real value a great corporate social responsibility (CSR) relationship can have for both organisations.”
Dan Price Davies, Chair of the Aberdeen Water Safety Group said, “This is very welcome news, ensuring workshops for all local primary schools, and closely supporting our integrated approach with multiple agencies tackling water safety issues in Aberdeen.”
Over the last two years, Cabot and Absafe’s CSR relationship has flourished. Following the success of their crime scene investigation (CSI) team building events last year, Absafe has challenged Cabot teams in Aberdeen and Bergen, Norway to create and present a school based CSI event to teach school children about road safety.
CSR relationships are of huge importance to both companies and over the years Absafe has welcomed many Cabot employees volunteering at their safety workshops which allows staff members to build new skills, and ensure their safety knowledge is passed to the next generation.