Environment, Social, Governance
Our commitment to safety and the environment
We are committed to continuously improving our corporate citizenship. The goal of Atkore’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) effort is to promote growth that takes into account human well-being and the environment. Through the disciplined use of the Atkore Business System, we seek to utilize sustainable business principles and processes that achieve a balance between profitability and protection of all stakeholders including our workers, customers, suppliers and communities, while reducing our impact on the environment and climate.
Atkore’s Safety and Environment Policy applies to all employees, contractors, and any other individuals who work or visit our facilities. The Policy also serves as guidance to promote human well-being and environmental sustainability for our customers, suppliers and communities. Our adherence to the policy begins with our Safety & Environment Policy Statement that is signed by each site manager and visible at all Atkore locations.
Our goal is to ensure that employees, customers, contractors and visitors in our facilities go home safely at the end of each day. We empower everyone to proactively identify and eliminate risks to promote an injury-free and incident-free workplace.
Our goal is to minimize our impact on and protect the environments in which we live and work. We seek to utilize sustainable business practices that are in the best interest of the environment and all stakeholders.
Atkore’s executive leadership has been monitoring certain ESG improvement objectives since 2015, and the information is reviewed quarterly by Atkore’s ESG Executive Steering Committee and Board of Directors. We regularly measure and seek to improve our performance in the following ESG areas that we believe, based on our review of established reporting standards criteria and stakeholder input, are significant to our business and the broader community. Beginning in fiscal year 2021 Atkore intends to follow Universal Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and reference material GRI Topic Standards.
People and Community
We seek to protect people and communities in which our facilities are located, and to comply with all applicable laws. To achieve this, we monitor worldwide injury rates, safety and environmental performance and compliance at each of our facilities. In addition, we regularly review our on-going support of the Atkore Family Foundation and the engagement and alignment of our workforce.
Atkore’s Global Incidence Reporting process ensures that all environmental, occupational health and safety (EHS) incident events are reported on a timely basis to comply with external notification requirements. These reports are then reviewed with appropriate personnel to prevent future occurrences.
Adherence to Atkore’s Safety and Environment Management System (SEMS) internal standard ensures EHS programs and procedures meet compliance requirements and help prevent future EHS events. Additionally SEMS enables reporting and evaluation of first aid injuries, near miss incidents and other low severity EHS events.
Donations and grants from the Atkore Family Foundation provide one-time or short-duration financial relief to active employees, employees of customers and suppliers of Atkore International Group, Inc. and 501(c)(3) organizations serving the communities in which Atkore operates. Learn more about the mission of the Atkore Family Foundation.
Voluntary turnover metrics help us better understand how we can attract and retain talent to be a preferred employer. We are committed to creating an environment that unlocks the full potential of our employees and believes our individual diverse experiences allow us to grow as an organization and as a winning team. Read more about Atkore’s culture and see what our CEO says about Diversity & Inclusion.
We are committed to producing high quality products and to protecting the people that create, use, and deliver our products as well as protecting the environment in which we work. We promote social and environmental stewardship throughout our supply chain.
We monitor water usage and quality of discharges to ensure we protect this valuable natural resource. Through the use of SEMS, each site establishes improvement goals each year to address significant environmental aspects, including water reuse projects and water treatment to ensure water quality standards and site permit conditions are met.
Atkore supports the responsible sourcing of materials from suppliers by complying with government regulations. This includes ensuring that all materials used in the manufacture of our products are free of conflict minerals. Refer to Atkore’s Conflict Minerals Statement as well as our most recent SEC Specialized Disclosure Conflict Minerals Report.
Concerns that climate change may pose environmental risks that could impact global operations through potential disruptions and/or increased costs for purchased energy, Atkore has taken steps to reduce its energy usage and the emission of greenhouse gases.
Atkore is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® Partner helping to protect the environment utilizing ENERGY STAR Energy Management Guidelines and tools. All current Atkore manufacturing facilities* have committed to participating in the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by 2020, with a target to reduce their energy usage and corresponding greenhouse gas emission (GHG) intensity by 10% within 5 years of entering the challenge.
Read our CEO’s letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency regarding ENERGY STAR® Partnership.
To achieve this, we monitor our energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, and set targets for improvement in alignment with the ENERGY STAR® Challenge.
Additional manufacturing sites will join the ENERGY STAR® Challenge within two years of acquisition or start up.
* Atkore facilities as of October 2019
We endeavor to prevent or minimize over time activities that pose a threat to human health and the environment. We strive to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and ensure responsible production and efficient consumption of raw materials. Through its use of the Atkore Business System (ABS) and the Safety and Environment Management System (SEMS), Atkore monitors:
- Primary raw material waste [steel and other base metals, copper conductor, and plastics, including PVC] to improve conversion costs minimize impact on supplier communities and reduce the net impact of these materials during their life cycle.
- Quantities of hazardous waste and emissions from metal product surface finishing activities that ensure superior corrosion protection for product safety and extended use while reducing Atkore’s environmental impact.
Reduction in recordable incident rate since 2015
Less total water purchased since 2016
Reduction in greenhouse gas emitted since 2016
Less tons of material waste rate avoided since 2015