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PPG Completes COLORFUL COMMUNITIES Project in Shanghai

June 20, 2016
By Business Wire News


As part of its global community engagement efforts, PPG (NYSE:PPG) has announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project in Shanghai that helped to revitalize the fence and campus facilities of Yuyuan Road No.1 Primary School. The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where our company operates around the world. The program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities by adding $10 million to support efforts made during a 10-year period.

This project marked the third Colorful Communities project that PPG has completed in China as well as the one-year anniversary of the program’s official launch. It brought together more than 250 volunteers, including PPG employees and their families along with students and faculty of the Yuyuan Road No.1 Primary School and community representatives of the Changning District. They used MASTER’S MARK® paint by PPG to renovate the school’s exterior and interior fences as well as playground equipment. In addition, PPG sponsored refurbishing of the campus gate and metal fence and repainting of wooden shelves and sculptures.

“This Colorful Communities project not only allows PPG to engage with and beautify part of our Shanghai community but also provides a meaningful experience for our employees and offers them a great team-building opportunity,” said Mike Horton, PPG president, Asia Pacific. “As a responsible corporate citizen, PPG is committed to improving our communities and encouraging our employees to participate in activities that highlight our positive culture.”

After refurbishing the campus, PPG volunteers joined students of the school in activities to celebrate Children’s Day.

Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, corporate and government affairs, Asia Pacific, said, “PPG will roll out more Colorful Communities projects at Chinese sites to provide opportunities for our employees and their families to engage with and beautify local communities. Only by making joint efforts to improve our communities can we promote the sustainable development of our society.”

The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for community engagement efforts, with the aim to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Together with community partners and PPG employees who volunteer, the program supports projects that transform community assets using donated PPG products. In 2015, PPG completed 11 Colorful Communities projects, and it expects to complete about 30 more this year.

PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We donated more than $7.8 million in 2015 to hundreds of community organizations across 20 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

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