Our employees care deeply about making a positive impact in the communities where they work and live. Koppers is a key contributor to local economies and in many instances, a major employer to the areas in which we operate. Our teams are committed to being responsible neighbors and we engage with our community members to ensure we remain transparent with them about ongoing operations. In addition, we seek to understand and support the causes that are most important to our communities, so we may raise the standard of living and well-being wherever we operate.
Koppers community impact comes “full circle” through the proactive efforts of employees and a corporate philanthropy program. Employees worldwide are committed to their communities, volunteering 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 company maintains strong, long-standing relationships with organization like United Way, and many employees give their time to serve on boards of local organizations and nonprofits. In addition to employee-driven causes, our philanthropy program supports important issues that align with the company’s values, including STEM education and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Koppers employees at our facility in Hubbell, Michigan, went above and beyond to help their community when it was hit by devastating storms and flooding in June 2018. Major roads were shut down due to washouts and massive sink holes, and a number of residents faced emergency evacuation as their homes and surrounding land were severely damaged.
Our people provided selfless leadership and exemplified the true spirit of community through their efforts, including:
Overall, Koppers employees volunteered more than 700 hours of their time during this devastating flood.
In October 2018, Koppers received the Employer of the Year Award from STANDING FIRM, an initiative of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh focused on working with companies to foster partner violence awareness. Koppers has partnered with the group for two years and has taken significant steps to help raise awareness of partner violence, with plans for more to come. We enhanced our Workplace Violence Policy to include information related to domestic violence, including what it is, how to report it and where to access trusted tools and resources. Training was provided to the Human Resources team on how to manage employee concerns about safety. Additionally, Koppers provided partner violence prevention training for all Pittsburgh-area employees, and is committed to offering additional training to employees across the U.S.
In August 2018, CEO Leroy Ball issued a fundraising challenge for the second year in a row to all Koppers U.S. locations in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Over the Edge Event held at the Koppers Building in Pittsburgh. All locations which raised funds for LLS received a match of corporate donation dollars to be used for community involvement activities of their choice. The top 12 fundraising locations (based on dollars per employee) that raised more than $1,500 were able to select at least one courageous employee from their location to visit Pittsburgh and rappel 22 stories down the historic Koppers Building. During their travels, employees also enjoyed meeting fellow colleagues from across the U.S., a group dinner in The ATTIC (Koppers new innovation space) with Ball and employees from the company’s headquarters, as well as a sightseeing tour of Pittsburgh.
We are proud of the circular benefits our business creates across the globe. Supporting our employees and their families and significantly contributing to tax bases strengthens the financial foundation of the communities where our operations are located and our employees live.
In closing, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our company’s achievements in 2018, which would not have been possible without the participation of all of our stakeholder groups.
Thank you to all for playing an important role in our “circular” success.