Sustainability at Koppers

About Koppers

Our Mission: Creating safe and environmentally responsible solutions that solve our customers' most important challenges and result in superior performance for shareholders.

Koppers, with corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an integrated global producer of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals and carbon compounds. Our products and services are used in a variety of niche applications in a diverse range of end-markets, including the railroad, specialty chemical, utility, residential lumber, agriculture, aluminum, steel, rubber and construction industries.

Point of Sales
(Percent of total sales)

  • 69% North America
  • 12% Europe
  • 10% Emerging Markets
  • 9% Australia

Sales by End Market
(Percent of total sales)

  • 39% Railroad
  • 23% Construction
  • 17% Aluminum & Steel
  • 11% Other
  • 5% Rubber
  • 5% Utilities

Koppers operates three major business units:

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 to 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.

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.

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.

Koppers 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. Koppers Performance Chemicals employees work side by side with customers to carry out our commitment to responsible operations. With a dedicated staff of global wood science professionals, our premier research capabilities position Koppers as the pioneer in wood preservation.

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
  • 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.