We pride ourselves on having some of the most passionate and inspiring people working at Morgan. Not only do our people have a real love of science, maths and technology, but many also follow that passionate spirit through into other aspects of their lives and give back to their local communities.
We want our people to have the freedom to support what they care about most. We share these stories through our internal social media platform Yammer, where you will often see the generous spirit and nature of our employees - from bake sales to cultural celebrations and charity donations to sponsorship events.
As our sites and operations are spread across the globe it gives us the opportunity to work with many communities. We pride ourselves on being involved at a local level and look to understand the communities priorities and concerns.
Helping Local Families During the Holidays
In the run up to the festive season, we're reminded of the kind and charitable actions of our teams in December 2019.
Our Saint Marys employees in the United States donated to families who needed a little more support during the holidays, through the 'Giving Trees' campaign. This is an amazing scheme which supports the local community during Christmas by providing food, clothing and all the trimmings to make the time special for families.
Thank you to everyone in our Morgan family, who helps their local community.
Keeping the Huangpu River Clean
For several years, volunteers from our Electrical Carbon Shanghai site have been actively involved in the community initiative to clean up floating waste on Huangpu River.
Even this year, with the pandemic impacting the region, the volunteers never stopped. On a Saturday in October, our volunteers travelled to join this important activity. Some employees took along their children to help pass on the importance of volunteering to the future generation. Fantastic efforts by the team!
Educating Local Children on Keeping Safe
Our Coudersport team support their local children via the Officer Phil Child Safety Program.
Officer Phil, which has been run by the Borough Police Department for over 25 years, teaches children how to deal potentially dangerous situations; from fire safety, to stranger danger and responding to emergencies.
Well done to everyone at the site for their dedication to this great local initiative, keeping children safe!
Liu's Personal Community Commitment
We want to take this opportunity to highlight our colleague Liu Zhan's very personal community commitment.
Joining the China Marrow Bank back in 2015, Liu was successfully matched with a patient in May 2020. In early June this year Liu become the first successful donor of hematopoietic stem cells at Wuhan Union Hospital, Hubei province, since the Covid-19 outbreak.
Liu's donation puts into practice the Red Cross spirit of 'humanity, fraternity and dedication'. He has since been awarded a very well deserved five-star volunteer status.
An amazing, inspirational contribution.
Donating Vital Supplies to Local Schools
Blood Bank Donations
In September our MKTC Employees in China participated in a voluntary blood donation scheme organised by the Red Cross of Jingmen. What a positive way for the team to give vital blood bank resources to those in need in their local area, well done to those who got involved!
Celebrating Children's Day
Making reusable face masks for the Morgan teams
Our Elkhart site has a long history of supporting others. From donating much-needed items to a local ‘adopted’ family, to collecting and donating books to reading programs, blankets for the homeless, and making cards for nursing home residents, they are always looking for new ways to support their community. When the need arose among our Morgan family sites for reusable face masks to protect our employees from the transmission of COVID-19, the team sprang in to action.
Starting out using a single piece flow method, the team was empowered to solve problems, change methods and use tracking systems to make the mask making station run smoother. Brainstorming methods led the team to set up an assembly process that allowed for improved output. They learned the steps needed to get suggestions approved and to bring to their problem-solving skills to life. The team is currently focusing on servicing our Morgan family and the orders continue to come in. Just one fantastic example of our Morgan teams supporting each other.
Getting our hands dirty
Our Thermal Ceramics leadership team in the UK spent a week making a difference where it really matters, helping a local specialist primary school for children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and social & communication difficulties. The team got hands on at the school by getting involved with painting, decorating and gardening.
Following the festive period of indulgence, some of our UK sites collected food packages and toiletries for donation. Thank you everyone who generously donated to a such worthy cause.
Our Brazilian team took the opportunity to focus on key health awareness on their site. They took some time away from their normal working day to educate their employees about prostate cancer and breast cancer; promoting healthy living and ensuring employees were well equipped to spot the signs.
A passion for STEM and problem solving crosses ‘the line’ at Morgan
Not only do our people have a real love of science, maths and technology, but many also follow that passionate spirit through into other aspects of their lives. For Alexandra Chart, our Corporate Development Director, that means pushing yourself to the limit through competitive cycling.
In 2019 Alex completed the Tour de France route - 21 gruelling stages in one of the toughest challenges and most prestigious races in the cycling world. What makes it even more remarkable is that there is not an official women’s stage race. As part of team InternationElles, Alex completed the 3,460 kilometre route to highlight the inequality facing women in cycling.
“I hadn’t been with Morgan long when I approached the subject of taking some time off to ride the Tour route. Everyone has been really supportive and it has been great for me to highlight how women should be treated equally in the world of sport.”
For Alex there is a clear link between raising awareness of women in cycling and raising awareness of equality in the workplace. Alex believes: “STEM subjects have always been seen as ‘male’ subjects. In other roles during my career, I have typically been the only woman in the team or one of very few. I have never let this stop me and always felt just as worthy of that job role, or to compete in that race. Having more women and girls in STEM related job roles is something that should be the norm by now.”
Congratulations to Alex, your Morgan family is extremely proud of your achievements.
At Morgan we are on the journey to ensure that women are more broadly represented at all levels of our organisation. We still have some way to go to improve our gender diversity, but with employees like Alex helping to show the way, it is certainly a great time to be involved in the developments.