On behalf of everyone at Koppers, we are pleased to share our 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report, which outlines our comprehensive efforts to realize our Sustainability Vision of remaining a thriving organization for generations to come.
At Koppers, we see Sustainability through the lens of our guiding Purpose,“Protecting What Matters. Preserving the Future.” The COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide calls for social justice this past year only magnified the importance of holding fast to our Purpose. Through it all, our characteristic of resilience kept us on solid ground, validating our belief that placing the care of people first creates enhanced performance overall.
We protected our people through a comprehensive set of Zero Harm-driven safety practices and protocols in every facility, even elevating COVID-19 procedures to Life Saving Rule status. In the process, we remained focused on our strong foundation of core safety behaviors and achieved our best-ever underlying safety performance.
The pandemic spurred an expansion of our communications efforts, including company-wide weekly update videos, new virtual opportunities for employees to connect and share feedback with leadership, and more frequent updates to the investment community in light of rapidly changing economic circumstances.
We further strengthened our Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) efforts, defining a vision and strategy to help create a more welcoming and equitable workplace for employees of all backgrounds, and creating numerous opportunities for employees to raise awareness and engage in important conversations.
And we achieved record sales and operating profit over the previous year, while marking a fourth consecutive year of sales growth, proving the dedication of our team, the power of our strategy and the criticality of our products in the global economy.
This aligns with our approach to Sustainability, structured by attention to our impact on People, Planet, Performance. This year, we enhanced these efforts by establishing forward-looking goals, drawing on the insight and expertise of professionals across our business functions.
...our characteristic of resilience kept us on solid ground, validating our belief that placing the care of people first creates enhanced performance overall.
Koppers has long sought to innovate and evolve, with safety at the core of our culture, as we deliver essential products to markets addressing global needs and infrastructure demands. As monumental issues like COVID-19, social justice and climate change develop, our solid Sustainability foundation — carried out by our talented global workforce — positions us for continued success.
President and CEO, Koppers