DuPont - Rooted in science and united by purpose, DuPont is a science company with an extraordinary range of materials and engineering capabilities, and corresponding breadth of products. By blending our deep customer knowledge and expertise in applied science and engineering we strive to meet the global challenges created by a rising population, a growing global middle class, and increasing demands on our planet’s resources.
The DuPont Pontchartrain Site is an important part of the DuPont Water & Protection business. PPDa, the primary product made at the Pontchartrain Site, is used to produce Kevlar®. Best known for its lightweight strength, heat and fire-resistant characteristics, Kevlar® is found in many products including firefighter gear, ballistic vests and helmets, consumer and industrial apparel, tires and aircraft. Kevlar® has saved the lives of thousands of police, military and other first responders around the world.
For over 57 years, the DuPont Pontchartrain Site has been dedicated to supporting educational activities and positively contributing to the local economy. The site has approximately 137 employees and 142 contractors who support and contribute to numerous community and professional organizations in the area. A few of the activities include a mentoring program with students in local schools, United Way, Risk Management Planning, and Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day. The Community Involvement section of this brochure lists many other activities that our employees participate in every year.
A long-standing DuPont core value is protecting the environment and the safety and health of our employees and the communities in which we operate. DuPont complies with federal and state environmental regulations and annually certifies its compliance to EPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The Pontchartrain Site has received nine Louisiana Environmental Leadership Awards for a variety of waste minimization projects. DuPont Pontchartrain Site has also been a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Site since January 2008. To qualify as a VPP site OSHA must recognize the facility as having an exemplary, comprehensive safety and health management system. The site was awarded the Star of Excellence by Region VI VPP for 2015. The site is also ISO 14001 certified, which is another volunteer program requiring an extensive environmental management system with independent periodic auditing and certification. We support Responsible Care® and continuously strive to improve our practices, leveraging advancing technology and new understandings in the fields of safety, health, and environmental science, to meet the needs of our customers and other stakeholders.
DuPont is also committed to sustainability initiatives to protect the future of our planet. Current company-wide goals are to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% from our 2019 baseline, and to source 60% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The ultimate goal is to deliver carbon neutral operations by 2050. The Pontchartrain site includes sustainability in capital project discussions, and has actively been developing a list of projects to reduce GHG emissions directly and indirectly.