Sustainability at PPG

Employee Engagement

Educating Employees
Throughout PPG, employee engagement starts with education. For example, when the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region grew from approximately 7,000 to about 17,000 employees from 2007 to 2008, the company developed a regional training academy. The EMEA Training and Development Academy, established in 2009, consolidates the region’s training offerings and spearheads the development of new courses and educational content.

The academy maintains a website that includes the EMEA training catalog, as well as access to a wide range of tools and links to other relevant training and education programs. The PPG Asia/Pacific Academy, founded in 2007, provides a framework to encourage learning and development by PPG employees across that region. It offers a variety of programs that include technical courses and offerings on leadership and management development and covers personal development and function-specific issues.


Employees have access to personalized learning and career development at the company’s My Learning Connection site, which helps employees to identify customized skills-development options tied to PPG’s Performance and Learning Plan Employees choose their preferred learning style – from instructor-led training to self-paced online courses, webinar simulations and recommended readings. The curricula are developed by leading internal and external subject experts, and new topics are continually introduced. Among the most popular offerings are “Supply Chain Fundamentals,” “Supervisory Skills,” “Presentation Skills,” “Time Management,” “Finance Basics,”“Business Strategy Execution” and “Managing Change.”

PPG provides performance feedback to salaried and plant employees based on specific key performance indicators relevant to their functions. Opportunities for career development guidance are also offered.

Hundreds of PPG scientists from dozens of countries and virtually every PPG location around the world can participate in online, virtual classrooms through webinars. The 90-minute webinars are conducted twice the same day – once early in the Eastern Time zone to accommodate North American, Latin American and European researchers, and again later in the day to accommodate those in the Asia/ Pacific region (about 12 hours ahead). Highly technical coatings-related topics include technologies regarding corrosion protection, powder coatings, pigment dispersion, molecular modeling and high-throughput analysis. Many modules are translated into multiple languages.