Sustainability at Koppers

About Koppers

The Koppers mission: “To be the most valued supplier of quality products and services in the industries we serve, by providing unsurpassed personal attention to our customers and attaining total quality in everything we do.”

Koppers Inc. is an integrated global producer of carbon compounds, chemicals, and treated wood products and services for the aluminum, railroad, specialty chemical, utility, rubber, concrete, steel, residential lumber, and agriculture industries. Our products are used to support the production of building materials and the development of infrastructures around the world.

Koppers operates three major business units:

Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC) processes coal tar into a variety of chemical compounds used in the production of aluminum, steel, concrete, rubber, plastics, and materials used to pressure treat wood.

Railroad Products and Services (RPS) provides treated wood, maintenance-of-way supplies, and other products and services to the North American Class I, commercial, and regional railroads. The most recent addition tp the business, Railroad Structures, is one of the largest railroad bridge rehabilitation and inspection providers in North America.

Performance Chemicals (PC) supplies commercial wood preservation products and technology services for residential, commercial, construction, and agricultural applications.

Koppers Performance Chemicals

Koppers August 2014 acquisition of the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services businesses from Osmose Holdings, Inc. has opened a new door to innovation and customer service. In addition to rounding out our wood treatment and carbon materials businesses, Performance Chemicals brings global leadership in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of wood preservation chemicals and wood treatment technologies. The new business unit covers operations and sales in North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Performance Chemicals employees are dedicated to providing customers with industry-leading engineering and plant technical support, marketing, and environmental services, as well as other customer-related support activities. Performance Chemicals employees work side by side with customers to carry out our commitment to responsible operations.

Our strong global commitment to research and development is evidenced by our large staff of scientists, researchers, and technicians who continually work on developing state-of-the-art wood preservative and wood enhancement technologies.

Ethics and Compliance

We expect every employee, manager, executive, and director of the company to uphold the highest standards of ethics, compliance and transparency. Our goal is to act with honesty and integrity, across our global operations and in all business dealings. These expectations are set forth in the Koppers Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

Governance Approach

The duties and responsibilities of the Koppers Board of Directors are to:

  • Ensure the legal, ethical and socially responsible behavior of the company;
  • Develop effective performance measurement systems;
  • Review the company's long-term strategy; and
  • Oversee risk management processes.

The charter of the Safety, Health, and Environmental Board committee reflects our membership in Responsible Care®. The committee is tasked with (1) assessing the company’s safety, health, environmental, security and sustainability policies, programs and initiatives in accordance with Responsible Care® principles, and (2) oversight of matters enhancing our global corporate stewardship and practices of conscientious corporate social responsibility and product safety.

Additional information can be found on our corporate governance website.

2014 Sales by End Market (% of total sales)

  • 35.43% Railroad
  • 21.22% Aluminum & Steel
  • 18.52% Construction
  • 10.62% Rubber
  • 8.04% Other
  • 6.17% Utilities

2014 Sales by End Market (% of total sales)

  • 58.88% North America
  • 17.77% Emerging Markets
  • 12.88% Europe
  • 10.47% Australia