Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in North America, Covestro LLC
Rebecca L. Lucore has led in building the relationships of business sector volunteers to regional nonprofits.
Lucore has also built new models for volunteerism. She is a leading voice in corporate America for empowering employee purpose and creating employee-citizen-philanthropist to drive sustainable communities through the transformation of traditional corporate volunteerism to next gen Skills-Based Volunteerism (SBV). With SBV, teams of employees use their skills and expertise to help nonprofits and municipalities solve organizational challenges in IT, marketing, finance, systems, et al. These short-term consulting projects help organizations build capacity and become sustainable.
Rebecca was instrumental in the establishment of the Covestro Center for Community Engagement at Robert Morris University. The Center provides SBV and other volunteer training to Covestro employees and those of other companies throughout the region wishing to create their own citizen philanthropists.
As Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Covestro LLC in North America, Rebecca is responsible for devising new models that apply the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) to its social programs, philanthropy, community relations and sustainability initiatives.
Rebecca oversees i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) Covestro’s companywide CSR program that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Its three focus areas, i3 Engage, i3 STEM and i3 Give, leverage the company’s current and future workforce, the communities in which it operates, and its partners and collaborators – all to create sustainable and lasting impacts.
Prior to joining Covestro, Rebecca worked for 20 years in various capacities in corporate citizenship, philanthropy, environment/sustainability and STEM education and diversity (2012-2015). As Chief of Staff at Bayer MaterialScience LLC, she was responsible for leading and streamlining organizational initiatives, including talent management; donations; and community, executive and employee engagement. Before that, for more than a decade, Rebecca served as Executive Director of the Bayer USA Foundation and Head of U.S. CSR for Bayer Corporation.
How does this sector inspire you? “The passion and purpose of the sector’s leadership which drives impactful change through organizations and into communities.”
What is your recommended reading for nonprofiteers to kick off and/or wind down for the day? “I like to scroll through Twitter at the end of the day – so many links to news and reports in the nonprofit sector.”
Nonprofit role model: “Strong, creative and inspired women who take the leap and found new nonprofits to address critical needs not yet being met.”
Wish for the next generation of nonprofit leaders: “Don’t lose your passion and purpose; build strong bridges with other sectors; and continue to fight for pay equity.”
Making the most of down time: “When I’m not working I love to cook and share good meals with friends and family or spend time outdoors hiking.”
So what’s for breakfast? Egg whites with spinach, tomato and basil.
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