Social Engagement

INEOS and Petroineos employees cycle 400,000 km and help raise money for local charities


  • 900 INEOS/ Petroineos employees took part in a challenge to ride the Tour de France race distance for charity.  Teams covered the same distance as the Tour over the same stages in July.

  • Three INEOS/ Petroineos teams at the Grangemouth site raised €1000 each for Forth Valley Disability Sport, Cycling without Age and Maggie’s Forth Valley

  • Teams from INEOS offices across the globe have raised over €31,000 for important causes close to their sites.  

  • Combined efforts have equated to participants cycling 400,000 km, equivalent to more than ten times round the planet!

  • “Maggie’s Forth Valley is delighted to have received fantastic support from INEOS.  The money INEOS has donated will help us provide our free programme of support to those people in our community living with cancer including their family and friends.  We are pleased that INEOS have decided to get active and raise funds for local charities like ours that rely so heavily on the support of our community to continue. Thank you!”, Cristina Pouso, Centre Fundraising Manager, Maggie’s Forth Valley.

INEOS has today presented cheques for €1000 each to representatives from three charities after joint teams of INEOS/ Petroineos cyclists from the Grangemouth site raised money by riding 40,000km during the Tour de France race this summer.

In all, 900 employees from across INEOS sites worldwide have completed a combined total of 400,000 km to raise €31,000 for local charity groups. That is the equivalent of cycling more than ten times around the planet.

Teams from across INEOS aimed to match the same kilometres for each stage of the Tour De France on each of the 23 days in July. They achieved this, more than doubling the kilometres required to complete the INEOS Challenge.

By combining cycling for pleasure and daily commutes, teams from Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, the US and the UK have racked up thousands of kilometres, whilst raising money for local charities. INEOS donated €1,000 to the local charity of choice for each team that completed the challenge.

“Forth Valley Disability Sport would like to say a huge thank you to INEOS for their support.  The money INEOS has donated will help us provide sporting and physical activity sessions for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities in our community.” said Graham Harvey, Branch Coordinator Forth Valley Disability Sport

Cristina Pouso, Centre Fundraising Manager, Maggie’s Forth Valley said, “Maggie’s Forth Valley is delighted to have received fantastic support from INEOS.  The money INEOS has donated will help us provide our free programme of support to those people in our community living with cancer including their family and friends.  We are pleased that INEOS have decided to get active and raise funds for local charities like ours that rely so heavily on the support of our community to continue. Thank you!”  

Terry Banham HR Director at the INEOS site at Grangemouth and member of the Grangemouth 2 team said: “For the second consecutive year, teams of employees from INEOS and Petroineos at Grangemouth have risen to the challenge of not just matching the kilometres ridden by the professional cyclists during the Tour de France, but exceeding it by a considerable margin. Just like last year, we are delighted to be able to recognise this truly tremendous team effort by making donations to three charities local to our site selected by the team members.”

INEOS is a part of the latest cycling technology used by many of the teams in the Tour de France. The company produces chemicals necessary to make carbon fibre, which is used extensively to produce more rigid and responsive bike frames, improving cycling performance. From brake shoes and callipers, to tyres, frames, forks, clothing, shoes, helmets, and glasses, INEOS has played a role in their production.

Falkirk pupils are engineers in the making

INEOS and their engineers are supporting the award-winning Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer programmes in Falkirk.

The programme is designed to promote engineering skills and careers to pupils, their parents and teachers and will be delivered in 10 Falkirk schools.

On Thursday 13th September, Primary and Secondary school teachers teamed up with engineers from INEOS O&P UK at Grangemouth to take part in Primary Engineer training day ahead of delivering in the classrooms.

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation working with local authorities, teachers, industry and government to promote engineering skills and careers with children as young as three years old, through Primary and into Secondary phase education.

Dr Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, expressed her delight in the partnership. “We are thrilled that INEOS will be investing in our programmes and that their engineers will be supporting the teachers’ delivery of the project.  Falkirk is surrounded by engineering – whether it’s INEOS’ plant at Grangemouth, the Falkirk Wheel or the Kelpies. Our work together will ensure young people in the area understand the skills and routes into the many fields of engineering to benefit the Forth Valley region for years to come.”

INEOS O&P UK owns and operates petrochemical plants in Grangemouth, producing key products used in wide range of everyday items that enhance and improve our ways of life. Employing more than 900 highly skilled people it is vital for the long-term future of the industry and for manufacturing that there is a pool of talent, interested in science, technology and engineering. Each year the business recruits Graduates and Modern Apprentices into its engineering training programmes.

John McNally, CEO O&P UK said, “Engineering is at the heart of our industry. It is therefore important that we work in partnership with teachers to enthuse young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects at school. The Primary Engineer Programme is a great way to utilise the expertise and harness the enthusiasm of our employees to inspire the next generation of engineers, technologists and scientists.”

Forth Valley College are hosting the teacher training event and the pupil celebration in April, providing opportunities for teachers and pupils to understand more about studying engineering. The project is also supported by DYW Forth Valley and Falkirk Council. 

Kenny MacInnes, Head of Engineering at Forth Valley College, explains why the College has chosen to get involved:

“This is an excellent opportunity to support engagement between teachers and industry and help them to enhance STEM learning for children and young people. This type of engagement sits at the heart of the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy and Forth Valley College is delighted to be able to host this event.”

About Primary Engineer

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 and has developed an engineering curriculum that includes teacher CPD and Master’s-level professional development, inspiring engineering classroom projects, competitions and exhibitions.

Programmes include Early Years Engineer, Primary Engineer, Secondary Engineer, Leaders Award (across England), Scottish Engineering Leaders Award, Institution of Primary Engineers, Institution of Secondary Engineers, Institution of Tertiary Engineers and PGCert Engineering STEM (Master’s-level Course). Primary Engineer is a national programme based in Burnley with offices in Glasgow, Durham, Canterbury and London,  and is supported by a range of government, industry partners and trade associations.

For more information contact:

Lise McCaffery Regional Director for Scotland

Victoria Lane – Operations Director on 01282 417333, | |

INEOS contact:

David East, Communications Manager: 01324 476948

INEOS Grangemouth to make charitable donations in recognition of employee efforts

In recognition of the significant efforts shown by site employees and contractors in responding to the unprecedented weather in early March this year and in ensuring the ongoing safe operations at the INEOS Grangemouth petrochemical plant, the business is making donations to five charities.

 The charities, listed below, were endorsed by site employees to support the work they do to care for those in need, especially during times of harsh weather. 

John McNally, CEO INEOS Grangemouth said, “In early March, despite some of the worst winter weather since 2010, our site employees and contracting partners made every effort to travel to work to ensure that we could maintain our 24-hour operations at Grangemouth. In recognition of their sterling response, I am delighted that we are making these donations to the charities, which carry out important work with vulnerable groups in the communities around Central Scotland. A donation from INEOS Grangemouth on behalf of our employees will support these charities to continue to provide their vital services and resources.” 

Charity Cheque Presentation April 2018Charity Cheque Presentation, April 2018

The five charities each receiving a donation of £1000 from INEOS Grangemouth are:

  • Age Scotland
  • Social Bite Edinburgh
  • Shelter Scotland
  • Salvation Army Community Fund
  • Trossachs Search and Rescue

Employee volunteering

The Grangemouth site has a long tradition of supporting employees’ volunteering commitment. It forms the basis of our Social Investment programme.

Social Investment gives us the opportunity to enhance the positive nature of our business.

There are three basic elements to Grangemouth's Social Investment Strategy:

Community: our focus is firmly on supporting our local communities, to raise and maintain the site's profile and to support the voluntary activities of our employees

Education: encouraging science and engineering in local schools in support of our business needs

Enterprise: leveraging our expertise to promote growth in the local economy and Scotland.

Developing the Young Workforce

An annual plan of activities with Grangemouth High School has been drawn up that will deliver coordinated school student and teachers visits to the site as well as providing opportunities for employees to visit the school to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Duncan McIntosh, Learning and Development Manager, says: “Under the national Developing Young Workforce initiative we have been able to establish a formal framework with Grangemouth High School.  The framework helps INEOS employees to share their experience and knowledge in Science, Technology and Engineering with the school. Our presence close to the school makes it a perfect partnership to help prepare local school pupils for the world of work.”

The DYW strategy, which has been rolled out across Scotland, has the aim of helping support young people into employment and complements the work the site has continued to undertake in working with local schools.

In March the site welcomed two groups of students into the works laboratory from the school’s ‘Skills for Work Lab’ class. The students were given demonstrations of some of the analytical techniques used in one of Scotland’s most advanced industrial laboratories. They had the opportunity to contrast these with those used in the school laboratory and to discover some of the activities undertaken by a key employer that shares the same town as they do.