Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen,Germany) has signed a new sponsorship agreement with Greenlight for Girls (g4g), an international organization dedicated to inspiring girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Founded by Melissa Rancourt, herself an engineer, g4g has volunteers operating in every continent of the world, encouraging girls of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in science-related careers, through a variety of activities. G4g’s team and network of volunteers participate in a range of STEM initiatives, which promote exposure to science. It also helps empower girls, particularly those in developing countries, who want a science education but find addressing the possibilities quite challenging.
|Richard Northcote and Jelena Lucin.|
Bayer MaterialScience wants the collaboration with g4g to help encourage girls into the industry—tackling the problem of shortage of people with STEM qualifications. It also aims to include girls from across the world, at locations where it has a presence.
As Bayer MaterialScience’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Richard Northcote said: "We are keen to fire up the interest of girls of all ages and backgrounds in STEM subjects, particularly in developing countries where they might not have the same opportunities as their counterparts in other parts of Europe and the world.”
He added that Bayer MaterialScience is an attractive employer for dedicated talents, pointing out that the industry needs a steady influx of young people. “They help us develop the products and processes that improve people’s lives, help conserve the planet and move the business forward, so they are a hugely important part of our sustainability strategy."
“It’s fantastic to have a global company like Bayer MaterialScience on board,” said G4g founder, Melissa Rancourt. "Its scientists, technicians, strategists and marketers can provide first-hand experience of what it’s like working in innovative and forward thinking environment, and can demonstrate how rewarding it is being involved in the exciting world of science."