Promoting a Positive
Quality of life encompasses many ideals, the first of which is to cause no harm to people, property, or the environment. Koppers exists within the context of the communities where it has a presence. As such, we owe the people there a corporate neighbor they can rely on to keep our shared communities safe, clean, and economically healthy – in short, a company that contributes positively to the quality of life.
Zero Harm features prominently in this area, as well, along with the Zero Waste effort to conserve resources and minimize waste products from Koppers operations. Toward these ends, we focus on continuous improvement in process safety, transparency, and safe operations.
Overall safety performance at Koppers, as measured by the total recordable rate of safety incidents companywide, improved from 3.45 in 2015 to 2.96 in 2016. The spirit of Zero Harm, however, tells us that behind each statistic are individual employees, their families, and the wider circle of friends, co-workers, and associates. Our goal, then, remains sustaining a culture where no harm comes to any employee at Koppers. The impact of a Zero Harm culture gained deeper exposure and acceptance in 2016, the mindset has been strengthened, and this promises to be an ongoing mission.
Koppers commitment to Zero Harm also involves engaging external stakeholders to understand their concerns about company operations and connecting on a regular basis with communities and industry organizations. We actively work to anticipate and evaluate community and industry needs as part of demonstrating our corporate citizenship. Some examples of this involvement include:
- Community Advisory Panels, which offer a forum for observations and ideas regarding improvement opportunities.
- Participation in local emergency planning and response activities to assist in keeping local communities safe.
- Support for local volunteer efforts in the form of either direct employee involvement or financial contributions.
- Transparent reporting of sustainability data to inform our stakeholders.
- Participation in industry associations, to better understand the perspectives of key audiences such as regulators and product safety groups. A sampling of the organizations that we support include:
- American Chemistry Council
- American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
- American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
- American Wood Protection Association
- Association of American Railroads
- Carbon Disclosure Project
- Pavement Coatings Technology Council
- Railway Tie Association
- Treated Wood Council