On behalf of all Koppers employees, thank you for reading our 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report, which details our comprehensive efforts and enhanced strategy to ensure we are creating a more sustainable future for our company and our world.
Traditionally, this report would primarily be a review of how we managed Sustainability priorities the previous year. This year, as our people, communities and economies face unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and continuing racial injustice, we have increased our communication with all stakeholders. In this year’s report, our goal is to go further and share full details on how we are working together to identify opportunities as well as address challenges as an organization. In addition to the information shared in this report, please see our latest News Releases, our Investor Relations page and social media accounts for our most recent updates.
The challenges of today fully illustrate the need for purposeful, strategic efforts around Sustainability. The interconnection of People, Planet and Performance must be the driving force behind our actions as an organization.
For us, that means protecting the health and safety of employees, communities, customers and supply chain partners comes first. From implementing new safety measures at our locations across the globe to strengthening community partnerships to provide essential items and personal protective equipment to areas in need, Koppers employees are working together to make a difference.
As a company, we have a responsibility to our employees to set an organizational structure that supports and empowers their efforts. With this in mind, we took several significant steps in 2019 and 2020 to drive collaboration and purpose across the company by introducing a new organizational structure. We had the privilege of announcing Jim Sullivan as our Chief Operating Officer and Leslie Hyde as Chief Sustainability Officer. As part of our focus on putting people first, we evolved our human resources function to serve as our Culture and Engagement team under the continued leadership of Dan Groves and welcomed Lance Hyde as Director of Global Inclusion and Diversity, while also evolving our safety, health and environment function to serve as our Zero Harm team under the continued leadership of Joe Dowd.
Together, these leaders and teams will continue to move Koppers forward. In her message, Leslie shares more details about our work to advance our Sustainability strategy and promote aspirational targets to position Koppers for long-term success. Our goal remains: to be an industry leader while pursuing Zero Harm through an evolving business model that will thrive for generations into the future.
Personally, I couldn’t be more proud of our Koppers team. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our employees have shown up every day to serve our customers by manufacturing essential products and providing critical services that help transport goods, power our homes and businesses, and keep our infrastructure strong. Their commitment to doing this while also keeping each other safe and taking care of their communities has been truly inspiring.
Looking ahead, we believe our Sustainability efforts will help us navigate these challenges and create opportunities for long-term growth. Our continued thoughts are with all who have been impacted by COVID-19, and we join together to salute the courage and dedication of essential frontline workers and the healthcare community worldwide.
President and CEO, Koppers