2018 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

Goals and Progress

Each year, our Sustainable Development (SD) Advisory Committee and SD Teams set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals that positively impact our business, our own lives, our communities and the environment. We then closely monitor and measure progress on our goals.  These goals are designed to make a positive impact on People, Planet, and Prosperity, in topic areas that are most important to our business.

In 2018, here are some of our notable accomplishments:

  • We outperformed the industry average Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR).
  • Our employees dedicated more than 16,000 volunteer hours to the communities in which we live and work.
  • We achieved zero waste to landfill at 26 of our facilities.
  • Through the foundation, we donated approximately $1.6 million to our communities, with a significant portion of that funding health, wellness, education, and environmental initiatives.
  • We maintained Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification at 36 facilities and won two WHC awards.

Sustainable Development (SD) Pays

Our SD investments positively impact our people, our communities, and the planet, and also drive prosperity for our business through cost savings and revenue generation. We track our investment in SD and the return on our investment, calling this “SD Pays.”

Our SD Pays Standardization Committee manages our measurement methodology, clearly outlining which types of projects create SD Pays, the SD expenses to include, and how to calculate the project value. This helps our business and stakeholders to clearly see how Sustainable Development at Covia drives monetary value creation.

We plan to establish a reporting baseline in 2019 and share our total SD Pays in future Corporate Responsibility reports.

Our SD Team’s Bold Goals for 2018 and 2019

SD Team

2018 High-Level Bold Goal

2018 Year-End Status

2019 High-Level Bold Goal

Best Practice

Implement 12 best practice productivity projects and achieve $1,500,000 in SD Pays—including at least one project advancing local Air Quality.

Achieved

110% of goal

Implement 12 best practice productivity projects and achieve $1,500,000 in SD Pays—including at least one project advancing Air Quality.

Business Innovation

Introduce 100 new ideas on IdeaScale® and generate $8 million in incremental annualized revenue and/or cost saving.

Achieved

Move 150 ideas currently under review in IdeaScale® forward at least one stage and generate $10 million in incremental annualized revenue and/or cost saving.

Clean Water

Partner with Safety Department on water testing and remediation and participate in four regional community outreach events with at least 10 volunteers.

Achieved

110% of goal

Establish unified rules and roles for the process of water testing in cooperation with the Safety and Environmental Departments and participate in 10 water-themed regional community outreach events with at least 5% participation from local employees.

Environmentally Responsible Products and Processes

Develop a new environmentally responsible product and process.

Achieved

Engage with at least three Industrial customers and one R&D partner with in-person meetings designed to explore solutions to pressing challenges and deepen relationships.

Empower U

 

Offer one course offering and one Learning Challenge, achieving participation of at least one hour of Empower U-sponsored course offering per employee.

Achieved

110% of goal

Offer one course offering and one Learning Challenge, achieving participation of at least one hour of Empower U-sponsored course offering per Covia employee.

Health and Wellness

Present an employee wellness award each quarter and achieve 15% participation in a yearlong wellness challenge.

Achieved

110% of goal

Achieve 20% participation in a six-month wellness challenge and launch one step challenge with at least 50% participation.

Quest for Eco-Efficiency

Sequester 100% of GHG emissions from 2017.

Implement one conservation project per active region and one energy efficiency project.

Implement at least two energy savings projects that achieve 0.5% reduction in GHG/kWh/MCF per ton produced at a facility.

Achieved

70% of goal

Team merged into Best Practices for 2019. Sequester 100% of GHG emissions from 2018 and generate at least two energy savings projects at every office, terminal, plant, and mine.

Recover, Recycle, Reuse

Organize a Recover, Recycle, Reuse competition with at least 75% of facility participation and complete site audits and improvement plans for all facilities.

Achieved

Partner with Environmental Department to develop a consistent waste stream audit procedure at each Covia facility and complete audits at all Covia locations.

Safety

Create and deliver Firearms Situation and Awareness ("Active Shooter") training to at least 50% of employees.

Achieved

Create and deliver Firearms Situation and Awareness ("Active Shooter") training to at least 50% of employees across all Covia facilities.

Social Responsibility

Achieve an average of 20 total volunteer hours (paid and personal) per employee.

Achieved 86% of goal

Achieve an average of 12 hours total volunteer hours (paid and personal) per Covia employee.

Sustainable Mobility

Sustain high railcar utilization rates, advance last mile logistics strategy, and develop a truck loadout optimization program.

Achieved 99% of goal

Sustain high railcar utilization rates and audit existing truck loadout processes; generate ideas to improve a minimum of three locations.

 

Covia sees alignment between our SD goals and the following United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improving the lives of people across the world: