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At Koppers, Zero Harm means that people come first. That includes ongoing support of area activities and organizations working to create a better tomorrow.

  • While we believe financial assistance is key, we ascribe equal value to making a difference through volunteerism and raising awareness. This approach moves Koppers closer to the goal of becoming an “employer of choice” that regularly attracts top talent and retains that talent long-term as valued team members.
  • Employees worldwide volunteer to assemble charitable walk teams, mentor students, enhance local STEM education initiatives, care for the elderly, assist at homeless shelters, and provide hands-on help to those affected by natural disasters. 
  • The Koppers leadership team devotes significant time and energy in support of important causes with major partners including the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, JDRF, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Kidney Foundation and United Way.

  • Devastation left across Texas by Hurricane Harvey generated a tremendous response from Koppers employees volunteering to help. About 30 employees took their own boats to Houston to rescue flood victims from houses, mucked out houses in LaGrange, and hosted and fed evacuees who came to our facility in Somerville, Texas, for help. The company provided full pay to these volunteers as they spent time away from Koppers. Also, more than $25,000 in donations from corporate and personal sources were given to the local Red Cross for disaster relief services.
  • In 2017, Koppers was named a “Best Place to Work” in Pittsburgh after being nominated for the first time ever. CEO Leroy Ball earned distinction among those identified as Top CEOs of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The Koppers Board of Directors received honors as the Pittsburgh Public Company Board of the Year in recognition of overseeing our transition to a global leader in wood-treatment technologies.
  • Koppers commitment to Zero Harm 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 sharing facility information, 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. The organizations that we support include:
      • American Chemistry Council (Responsible Care®)
      • American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
      • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
      • American Wood Protection Association
      • Association of American Railroads
      • Go Rail
      • Carbon Disclosure Project
      • Pavement Coatings Technology Council
      • Railway Tie Association
      • Treated Wood Council