Whether it’s through developing more efficient products and bringing innovative solutions to customers, collaborating with world-class scientific institutions to help solve significant global challenges, or working with community partners to have a positive impact, we are committed to enhancing lives in a material way.
At Eastman, we believe a truly sustainable company is one that creates significantly more value than the resources it uses. This belief drives our strategy to create value for all stakeholders. Whether it’s through developing more efficient products and bringing innovative solutions to customers, collaborating with world-class scientific institutions to help solve significant global challenges, or working with community partners to have a positive impact, we are committed to enhancing lives in a material way.
Over the past decade, we have worked to embed sustainability into all our operations and business decisions. We’ve been on a transformational journey to becoming a specialty company, and our focus on innovating sustainable solutions and product applications to meet the needs of a changing world is more important than ever. I’m proud of the progress that we continue to make, but the journey isn’t complete.
When we consider our product portfolio, our people and our ability to bring new innovations to market, the possibilities are endless. As we look to the future, we are focusing our efforts where macro trends align with our world-class technology platforms, and we are leveraging our success and expertise in key platforms where Eastman has been a leader for decades. For example, last year we introduced Eastman Tetrashield™, a vehicle protection resin system that extends the life and durability of automotive coatings. Empowered by the technology behind one of the most successful and sustainable product innovations in Eastman’s history — Eastman Tritan™ copolyester — Tetrashield not only improves the toughness and strength of the coating, but it also potentially enables original equipment manufacturers to reduce their energy footprint as well as volatile organic compound and greenhouse gas emissions. For 2017 and beyond, I am confident that we will have many more examples to share as we continue our investment in sustainable innovation.
Creating shared value through impactful partnerships is a key piece of our commitment to corporate responsibility. We seek opportunities to collaborate and engage with business, academia, and various community and value chain partners whose areas of strategic focus complement our desire to bring positive change to the world. Our collaboration with Room to Read®, a nonprofit organization that provides children and young women access to books and learning opportunities in developing countries, is just one of many examples. We believe education and empowerment are crucial to developing sustainable societies for the future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators.
The women and men of Eastman are the reason we can continue to invest in innovation and positively affect our world. I’m proud of the foundation we’ve built, and I’m confident Eastman will continue to deliver shared value for decades to come.