We believe in advancing sustainability through collaboration.
We partner with customers, academic institutions and other public and private entities to advance sustainable initiatives and technologies.
Beyond our research partnerships, PPG engages broadly with a number of industry associations and stakeholders around the world. Learn more in the Stakeholder Engagement section.
Fostering collaboration across the industry
PPG participates in conferences, industry associations, and related meetings to advance sustainable practices. Our participation not only helps PPG people stay abreast of the newest developments in the industry, but also gives our employees opportunities to explore innovative new collaborations with other industry leaders to solve sustainability challenges.
As an example, in 2022 we hosted a symposium at the 26th Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference titled "Incorporating sustainable components into existing manufacturing systems." The PPG hosted symposium included speakers from academia and industry and featured a presentation from Se Ryeon Lee, PPG group leader, on bringing sustainable coatings science to the automotive battery industry. HY Zhou, Scientist, also presented a talk on incorporation of bio-based materials for adhesive development.
Our approach to research partnerships
External partnerships help us develop more effective and sustainable products to protect and beautify the world.
PPG's external funding team, within our science and technology organization, explores opportunities for PPG to participate in research projects with governmental and educational institutions. Ultimately, our goal in these partnerships is to solve problems in the real world and solve our customers' greatest pain points. We take insights developed through our work with external partners and incorporate them into PPG's internal research and development processes. Across all our partnerships, we focus on developing more effective and sustainable paints and coatings.
We approach our portfolio of research projects and partnerships in much the same way that we do other parts of our R&D processes. We work to identify partnerships that focus on developing paints and coatings that would be considered sustainably advantaged according to our internal methodology. We are currently implementing formal processes to consider sustainability throughout our research pipeline. Learn more about our methodology in the Sustainably Advantaged Products section.