PPG and the PPG Foundation announced a commitment to invest USD20 million by 2025 to address systemic racism and advance racial equity in the US by funding educational pathways for Black communities and people of colour. The commitment strengthens PPG’s focus on education – a priority giving area for PPG and the PPG Foundation – and furthers its support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
“We aim to reach diverse students and communities to champion change and empower historically underrepresented populations with greater opportunities to achieve brighter futures,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility. “Through this important commitment, we will prioritise equity and justice within education to close the racial gaps in STEM learning and careers, and help our society meet collective challenges quickly, creatively and effectively.”
The $20 million investment reflects commitments to support:
- Advanced STEM education and career development: Supporting Black people and people of colour who are pursuing advanced studies in engineering, chemistry and data science by funding scholarships, and academic and career counselling programs. PPG will focus on programs that promote inclusion, provide professional development and build bridges that enable middle and high school students to successfully pursue advanced learning opportunities and STEM careers.
- K-12 STEM education: Encouraging interest among more Black students, and students of colour, through hands-on STEM experiences in afterschool programs, camps and in-school settings, as well as mentoring and career exposure.
- Social justice: Supporting new partners dedicated to social justice that were identified in collaboration with PPG’s employee resource networks (ERNs). PPG will support a range of social justice initiatives that focus on civil rights, criminal justice reform and the cultural heritage of Black communities and people of colour.
- Beautifying diverse communities: Increasing the number of PPG Colourful Communities projects that impact diverse communities.
- Ongoing impact opportunities: Funding additional opportunities impacting Black and people of colour populations that will be identified in collaboration with PPG employees, leaders and community partners, on an ongoing basis.
The PPG Foundation will direct at least 25% of diversity funding to organisations serving the company’s global headquarters community of Pittsburgh. It also will continue to invest more than 50% of its US-based grant making to support causes that focus on Black communities and people of colour, veterans, women, LGBTQ+ populations, economically disadvantaged individuals and families, and people with disabilities.