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Volunteerism & Giving

AptarGroup Charitable Foundation

The AptarGroup Charitable Foundation in the United States

continues to recognize the importance of giving back to

local communities. Through the Corporate Grant program

and the Employee Matching Gift Program, the Foundation

supports eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in Health and Human

Services, Higher Education, and Culture and the Arts.

In 2015, the Foundation awarded a corporate grant to Main

Stay Therapeutic Farm in Richmond, Illinois. The therapeutic

service organization provides physical, mental and social

therapy services for developmentally or behaviorally

challenged individuals and at-risk youth through the benefits

of horses, animals and nature. The gift helps Main Stay’s

building campaign, which will provide more stables and

greater classroom space for therapeutic learning in addition

to riding therapy. It was presented at Main Stay’s June

groundbreaking ceremony.

Aptar Facilities Worldwide

AptarGroup and employees, often assisted by family

members, customers, suppliers and community leaders,

continued in 2015 to participate in volunteer and charitable

projects. Each facility helped do its part in some way

to give back to the communities in which Aptar operates

and where our employees live.

Currently, our community engagement and volunteerism

is managed at the local level, with pockets of excellence

more apparent in certain regions. We are in-process of

benchmarking collaborative engagement programs to better

understand what this should look like for Aptar globally. The

following examples of Aptar facilities giving back represent

similar and other activities throughout our many facilities:


Lincolnton’s Volunteer Committee

Employees at Aptar Lincolnton (North Carolina) were

active throughout 2015 helping local and national

groups and charities. Among other programs, they

donated dozens of presents for local children who may

not receive a holiday gift during the U.S. Marine Corps

Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Employees also helped

at The Corner Table soup kitchen; participated in drives

to collect food, school supplies and coats; provided

emergency kits to newly diagnosed families through

the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Parent

Mentoring program; and contributed to the United Way

Campaign. Aptar Lincolnton received an

Eagle Award

from the Lincoln County Chapter of the United Way

in honor of their service and commitments.


Midland’s Community Connections Team

Aptar Midland (Michigan) employees established a

Community Connections team whose members help

raise money, volunteer and give back to Midland. Among

many other service events, employees from departments

ranging from manufacturing and engineering to supply

chain built a wheelchair ramp for a local resident.

The project represents the types of community events

the team executes throughout the year.


Mukwonago’s Aptar Angels

Throughout the year, employees at Aptar Mukwonago

(Wisconsin) — dubbed the Aptar Angels — gave back

to the community in terms of time and money. They

contributed to the United Way, the Red Cross and the

American Lung Association. They also raised funds

and ran in the Vicki Soto 5K race; volunteered at the

Waukesha and Mukwonago food pantries, the local

children’s hospital, Sterling House, several animal-

protection events, and the Girl Scouts and Junior

Achievement volunteer days; collected hats and

gloves; and participated at Hebron House and the

Bethel House Family Christmas.


Nepal Earthquake Victims’ Fund

Sometimes our support is needed on very specific

initiatives. Aptar Thailand employees collected donations

over a two-week period to a relief fund for victims of two

major earthquakes in Nepal that in April and May killed more

than 8,000 people and injured over 23,500. The contribution

was made through the Industrial Estate Authority Thailand.



Employee Engagement

Participation on Local Teams

Our employees are the driving force in achieving our

sustainability goals, developing and introducing sustainable

products, volunteering and contributing to the communities

where they live and work and to the entire planet. In 2015,

they continued to help Aptar move forward with our

sustainability mission.

Specifically, they promoted global health, education and

efforts to expand opportunities for everyone while also

embracing initiatives to help sustain our planet. This was

especially true on Earth Day and during Earth Week 2015.

Thousands of Aptar employees participated at 44 locations

in 15 countries – joined by more than 200 family members,

and dozens of suppliers, customers and community leaders

– on Earth Day (April 22) or during all of Earth Week on April

20-25. They generated 9,300-plus “acts of green” through

varied activities planned by site-level sustainability teams.

(See pages 16-17 to learn about Earth Week 2015 activities.)

Employee Insight Survey

In 2015, we acted on some of the nearly 6,000 comments and

suggestions received in our 2014 biennial Employee Insight

Survey. “It’s a vital appraisal,” explained Ursula Saint-Léger,

Vice President of Human Resources, “because for a company

to give messages top down is very easy. To listen carefully to

the messages that are coming bottom up is more important.”

For instance, feedback about Aptar’s maternity leave policy

in North America led the human resources team to benchmark

Aptar against other industrial companies. We were in the norm,

but when compared to best-in-class companies, we knew

we could do better. As a result, we lengthened maternity

leave for female employees to three months and began

to offer our male employees two-week paternity leave.

We also received strong feedback from employees urging

managers to communicate more information they gain

from meetings. Some plants reinstituted quarterly town

hall meetings so managers could relay information to help

employees better understand what Aptar is doing and to

take questions.

It’s clear that the employee survey, which is being

conducted again in 2016, identifies common issues and

leads to actions that impact the day-to-day life of people.

Communicating Our Progress

Opening New Channels

Aptar increased efforts in 2015 to communicate progress

on the sustainability front. To spotlight the 2014 Corporate

Sustainability Report, we used LinkedIn and our website,,

to communicate the launch in May. We also

shared the report with all employees, and we plan to provide

them with a high-level summary of this 2015 report in the

languages most commonly spoken by Aptar employees.

At most procurement and marketing events and trade

shows, visitors can scan or read each new sustainability

report on a monitor at a kiosk in the Aptar booth. Our online

Aptar Newsroom features sustainability developments and

communicates the annual sustainability report via infographics

and other means. It covers stories about new sustainable

products as well as environmental and sustainability-related

awards and events and workplace-related honors.

In August, the website updated readers on Aptar’s sustainability

initiatives and included a


that highlighted progress. It also

covered information about our internal Landfill Free program

and recent certifications related to quality, the environment

and energy management at various Aptar facilities.

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