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Koppers Cares about Communities

Koppers Cares about Communities

Koppers facilities around the world are key contributors to local economies and in many instances, we are a major employer in the area. 

While providing jobs and tax revenues are critically important, we also take great efforts to be a responsible neighbor by engaging with our community members to understand their concerns, communicating with them about our operations, and supporting the causes that are most important to their needs.

Community Advisory Panels

At each of our U.S. facilities, we have established a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) as a first point of contact for these communities. CAPs are comprised of a diverse group of community members representing a cross-section of various interests.

The CAP members meet with facility managers and company representatives on a regular basis to discuss matters of mutual interest and through these connections, we have developed a direct channel of engagement for building strong partnerships to support the growth and development of both Koppers and our local communities.


In addition to meetings and discussions with the CAPs, Koppers strives to connect employees to community members through volunteer activities and the support of philanthropic causes. Giving back to the community has long been a Koppers tradition and in the past, employees have volunteered their time to plant trees, clean streams, mentor children, and repair homes.

Recently, Koppers implemented a new Community Involvement Initiative to promote positive engagement with our local communities.


KoppersCares Day of Service

Koppers believes that stronger communities are good places to do business and we encourage our facilities to partner with nonprofit organizations to strengthen community services and programs.

To that end, we launched the KoppersCares Day of Service program at all of our U.S. locations. The KoppersCares Day of Service is a day of volunteer work for one selected nonprofit partner in a community where a Koppers facility is located and that matches our philanthropic priorities of family services, health organizations, education, culture and the arts, community improvement, and the environment.

Some of the 2012 nonprofit partners included:

  • United Way of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank
  • United Way of Roanoke Valley (Virginia)
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (Denver-area)
  • Brooke County (West Virginia) Arts Council
  • Knox County (Illinois) Human Society
  • Mineral County (West Virginia) Food Pantry
  • St. Bethlehem (Kentucky) Volunteer Fire Department
  • Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Borough Enhancement Project
  • Rose City (Arkansas) Boys and Girls Club
  • Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (Chicago-area)

If you are interested in partnering with a Koppers location in the future for a KoppersCares Day of Service project, please contact Jessica Franklin at FranklinJM@koppers.com or 412-227-2025.