Pittsfield – SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business was the recipient of the Ruth P. and Nicholas Boraski Leaders in Philanthropy Award at Berkshire United Way’s annual Leadership Reception held Wednesday, June 20th at the Hillcrest Gazebo in Pittsfield.  In presenting the award to SABIC’s Regional Chief Counsel of the Americas, Naveena Shastri, and retired leader, Charles Crew, Mr. Boraski noted SABIC’s multi-faceted approach to corporate philanthropy.  In addition to contributing $1.2 million to Berkshire United Way through its workplace campaign since SABIC acquired GE Plastics in Pittsfield in 2006, the company also donates funds to public schools and enrichment programs to “bring to life” creative ideas in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and each year sponsors a collaborative volunteer project that has community involvement and impact.  For Berkshire United Way, the company  endorsed participation of its employees on numerous committees and initiatives, supported 2011 Day of Caring efforts, and hosted the 2011 Workplace Campaign kick-off event.

Berkshire United Way President and CEO Kristine Hazzard also noted SABIC’s accomplishments.  “We are delighted to recognize SABIC for the active role they’ve taken in improving our community these last several years.  SABIC recognizes that in order for their company to succeed, their employees and their community need to succeed as well.  That’s the mark of a true corporate citizen.”
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. Upon receiving the award, Naveena Shastri noted that, “SABIC is proud to continue our strong legacy of supporting United Way.  We believe that by engaging with our neighbors to help solve their most pressing problems, we demonstrate and live our corporate values every day.”

At the Leadership Reception Berkshire United Way also recognized its inaugural Pinnacle Group – this year comprised of 41 local companies – a leadership designation unique to companies who go above and beyond in managing their annual workplace campaigns through activities such as growing their corporate and employee workplace support, hosting special campaign events, and participating in campaign training.  Patrick Sullivan, Berkshire Bank Executive Vice President for Commercial Banking/Wealth Management, and Berkshire United Way’s workplace campaign chair made the announcement