US-based industrial manufacturer Worthington Industries (Worthington) has released its 2021 Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Report, a strong focus of which centres around supporting the community through its Worthington Industries Foundation.

With its key accomplishments listed in the report, the company revealed its donation of over $2.2m in support of 46 different organisations across health, human services, youth and education, civic causes and the arts.

Celebration of its 65 years in business gave Worthington another opportunity to support its customers, business partners and communities; its ’65 Acts of Good’ saw employees complete 65 positive acts that ‘made days brighter and lives better’. These acts included donating and serving food to local pantries, planting trees, and doing highway clean-ups.

Regarding such community-related activities, Andy Rose, President & CEO, Worthington, stated, “Since our inception, Worthington Industries has worked hard to be a good corporate citizen for all of our constituencies and in our communities, as well as to minimise our environmental footprint.”

In addition, the company donated $20m of its Nikola investment proceeds to the Worthington Industries Foundation, contributing $1m in grants to the community during the coronavirus pandemic to address needs related to food, housing and education.

Regularly seeking employer feedback, the report also revealed that 70% of its employees partook in its first companywide engagement survey, exceeding both manufacturing and global benchmarks.

The high level of participation may have been boosted by the establishment of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Council, which focuses on strengthening the company’s ‘four primary pillars’: workforce, workplace, community and partnership.

Worthington’s Green Star initiative saw the awarding of a record 64% of manufacturing facilities four and five-star performance ratings, as well as a record low fiscal year recordable injury rate of 1.45.

Other notable achievements include the recycling of 96% of its waste companywide and strong adherence to its corporate governance scheme, labelled by the company as its ‘Golden Rule’.

The report also mentioned Worthington’s response towards the ‘growing urgency’ for medical oxygen, contributing by prioritising production for medical cylinders.

Commenting on its long list of achievements, Rose added, “While we’re proud of our efforts to date, we are committed to expanding our goals and sharing our progress along the way.”

The report was developed in accordance with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).