Global plastics companies have been responding to help regions hit with catastrophic flooding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as China earlier this month.
Twenty members of Klöckner Pentaplast Group's Montabauer fire department spent 48 hours in the Ahrweiler, Germany, region, rescuing people, pumping out cellars, removing mud and "simply lending an open ear for those affected," the company said in a social media post.
LyondellBasell Industries has donated 250,000 euros ($283,000) to the German Red Cross to help German communities hit by the flood. In addition, it said it will match each euro donated by its employees.
French materials company Solvay is adapting its Solvay Solidarity Fund — initially created to help with the response to COVID-19 — to provide financial aid and volunteer time to respond to flooding in both Europe and China.
It has been in contact with 200 employees in the impacted acreas and will provide up to 2 million euros ($2.3 million) in aid.
"We were shocked by the magnitude of the disaster and quickly mobilized to support colleagues and local communities that were affected," CEO Ilham Kadri said.