Excellence in Leadership Award, Organization

PolyOne Corporation


PolyOne Corporation is a global leader offering a comprehensive array of specialized polymer materials, tailored services and end-to-end solutions, headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio.

For the first time in the history of the Difference Makers Gala, the Excellence in Leadership Award for an organization is being presented to a for profit company. PolyOne leads by example in their commitment to community. PolyOne, and its employees, are dedicated to contributing to the betterment of the communities in which they operate. The company encourages its employees to participate in community activities and charitable works of their choice.

PolyOne supports many charitable organizations committed to improving the quality of life for citizens. The majority of PolyOne’s corporate officers serve on non-profit boards, and dozens of other PolyOne employees also volunteer their time to serve organizations in their communities around the globe.

In 2012, PolyOne raised $775,599 for United Way of Greater Lorain County.  According to Bill Harper, executive director of United Way, the donations from PolyOne and its employees represented more than one-fourth of the total funds raised in Lorain County last year.

PolyOne Corporation has made an impact not only through its charitable giving but also by generously lending the time and talents of its employees in service to the Lorain County community.  PolyOne corporate leaders can be found on non-profit boards throughout the county, including United Way of Greater Lorain County, Neighborhood Alliance, Leadership Lorain County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

From blood drives to food drives, and from elementary classrooms to high school mentorship programs, PolyOne employees pitch in to help make where we live a better place.