Sustainability

Today’s Actions. Tomorrow’s Advancements.
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We take our role as a responsible environmental steward seriously. Worthington makes important strides toward sustainability to help ensure the world we share today has a stronger tomorrow.

In 2021, we met ambitious milestones on our path toward a forward thinking future.

Fiscal 2021

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96%

of waste generated was recycled

$483M

adjusted EBITDA
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$2.2M

Donated in the community
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60+

Students completed the WI Experience
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1.45

Record Low Injury Rate Against An Industry Benchmark Exceeding 4

$53M

paid in dividends to shareholders
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46

Non-Profit organizations supported

$3.2B

in sales

WHAT MAKES WORTHINGTON

Committed to Continuous Improvement

At Worthington, we are Makers of Better. We carry that intention into everything we do.

We’re proactive in our approach to sustainability. We’re setting a pathway to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Andy Rose Worthington Industries, President & CEO

Worthington’s pledge to set emissions reduction targets aligned with a 1.5 degree Celsius science-based target clearly demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.

OUR CULTURE

A People-First Philosophy

Our employees are a catalyst for progress, even during a global pandemic. That’s why we call them Makers of Better.

Their resilience and action culminated in 65 Acts of Good in 2021, where Worthington employees completed 65 positive acts around the globe. By stepping up for each other and our business partners, they embody Our Philosophy of treating people the way we want to be treated.

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Lifting Up Our Communities by Giving Back

In fiscal 2021, the company contributed $20M to the Worthington Industries Foundation to support our communities for years to come.

  • The Worthington Industries Foundation contributed $2.2M+ in the community, supporting 46 organizations in the areas of health, human services, youth and education, civic causes, and the arts.
  • As part of this donation, Worthington announced $1M in grants to 3 local organizations to help increased needs related to the necessities of food, housing and education due to the pandemic.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

We Walk the Walk

By holding ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards and corporate governance practices, Worthington puts Our Philosophy rooted in the Golden Rule into action. Building a strong culture and taking care of our stakeholders is simply the right thing to do. Integrity is part of our DNA and intrinsic to our purpose.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Our Environment. Our Responsibility.

In 2012, Worthington started the Green Star Initiative to increase environmental awareness, drive continuous improvement, and reward facilities for exceptional performance in environmental conservation and stewardship.

Fiscal 2021 was a record year for the Green Start Initiative with 77% of available stars awarded and 64% of locations achieving 4 & 5-stars.

Our Delta, Ohio processing facility exemplifies our approach to conservation.

Delta, OH Steel Processing

99%

of all waste generated is recycled

100%

spent pickle liquor recycled

100%

steel scrap recycled

20%

reduction of wastewater

100%

oil and zinc dross recycled

HEALTH & SAFETY

Safe Works: The Safe Way. The Productive Way. The Right Way.

For two decades, Worthington's Safe Works program has been instrumental in driving a world-class safety culture. Nearly every meeting starts with a safety briefing, safety metrics top employees' performance goals, and safety process improvements never stop.

At 1.82, our total case incident rate is 2.4 times better compared to the U.S. industry average of 4.4.

PRODUCT INNOVATION

Better Solutions for a Brighter Future

Worthington is strategically focused on products and services that support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions including its automotive lightweighting technologies, electrical steel laminations for electric vehicles, transformers and wind turbines, gas containment systems for the growing hydrogen ecosystems and connected products that support reduced fuel consumption.

Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Report

Explore more of the ways Worthington Industries keeps our employees safe, practices good citizenship, and protects the environment.