NSC Launches Diversity in Safety Scholarship Funded by Chemours

The Council is committed to helping build a workforce of occupational, safety and health professionals that best reflects the various cultures and ethnicities in the U.S.

January 05, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Safety Council, America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, is on a relentless pursuit of a safer tomorrow. Committed to building a workforce of occupational, safety and health professionals that best reflects the various cultures and ethnicities represented in the U.S. workforce, NSC is launching the Diversity in Safety Scholarship Funded by Chemours. With the aim of fostering diversity and supporting the emergence of a more inclusive generation of safety professionals, five academic scholarships will be awarded to people of color pursing an undergraduate degree at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions to help jumpstart their careers in safety. 

“Chemours is committed to championing and advocating for an inclusive, diverse and equitable workforce, and we’re excited to partner with the National Safety Council to launch the Diversity in Safety Scholarship,” said Ron Charles, chief people officer for Chemours. “Safety obsession is a deeply rooted value at Chemours, and we believe that promoting and fostering the next wave of diverse leaders can meaningfully contribute to a safer workplace.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) 2022 population survey, 47% of individuals working in construction and extraction and 42% of individuals working in production represent individuals who are Black and Hispanic. Yet for these critical occupations who rely on safety and health specialists for their wellbeing, only 7.6% of safety specialists and technicians in the United States are Black, and 18.2% are Hispanic. What’s more, 2021 BLS data show Hispanic and Latino workers accounted for 22% (1,130) of workplace deaths in 2021, up from 1,072 deaths (23%) in 2020, and marked the fifth straight yearly increase since 2016. Fatal work injuries to Hispanic and Latino workers increased in transportation and material moving, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, and installation, maintenance and repair occupations.

“Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before. Fostering a community of safety leaders who reflect this diversity is imperative to making our workers safer,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “Additionally, increasing the number of diverse safety professionals in workplaces – big and small, local and global – equitably benefits the health, wellbeing and safety of workers everywhere. At NSC, we wholeheartedly believe that and commend Chemours for their investment in safety through this new scholarship, which will support the NSC mission of making people safer and saving lives.”

Applications for the Diversity in Safety Scholarship Funded by Chemours are open Jan. 8 through April 1, 2024. To learn more about all opportunities within the NSC scholarship program, please visit nsc.org/scholarships.

About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for 110 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace and roadways. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.

About The Chemours Company 
The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in titanium technologies, thermal & specialized solutions, and advanced performance materials, providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. Chemours delivers customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. Its flagship products are sold under prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™ and Krytox™. The company has about 6,600 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving about 2,900 customers in around 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC. For more information, visit chemours.com or follow us on Twitter @Chemours or LinkedIn

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