In our quest to forge meaningful relationships within our local communities, Eastman regularly seeks input and openly communicates with citizens and community leaders. In 1990, we developed Community Advisory Panels (CAPs) as part of our Responsible Care® initiative. A CAP is a collaboration among communities and companies, created to enhance communications between Eastman and the communities where we have manufacturing sites. Eastman currently has twelve CAPs, located in Jefferson, PA; Pace, FL; Kingsport, TN; Longview, TX; Sauget, IL; Texas City, TX; Springfield, MA; Linden, NJ; Martinsville, VA; Kohtla Järve, Estonia; Middelburg, The Netherlands; and Newport, South Wales, U.K.
Our panels’ objective is to provide citizens living in plant communities with the opportunity for open dialogue with company representatives. CAPs help local citizens better understand industry issues and help Eastman understand community concerns. Ultimately, the purpose of a CAP is to look after the communities’ interests and build trust.
Members of Eastman’s CAPs serve for one, two, or three-year terms and come from all walks of life to ensure a diverse representation of the local community. The agenda at each CAP meeting varies and often includes tours of plant facilities, discussions of current Eastman initiatives and other company strategies that impact the community such as education, air quality, economic development and hiring.