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Covia’s Overview of 2022 ESG Progress

Covia’s Overview of 2022 ESG Progress

Published 06-21-23

Submitted by Covia

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As an organization, we have so much to be proud of and many accomplishments that need to be celebrated. The hard work, dedication, and teamwork that went into each program and initiative truly demonstrates how we are creating a strong, sustainable future for Covia.

We are proud to say, to date, we are on track to meet our Goals that Inspire: ESG 2030. A few initiatives that created this strong foundation, include:

  • Safety: Decreased our all-incidence rate by 10% versus the prior year
  • Environmental: Began the phased rollout of our new Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Community: Contributed 10,800 volunteer hours and investing approximately $1.2 million in local communities to support meaningful causes
  • Corporate Responsibility: Became a signatory to the UN Global Compact

We are building on our long legacy of corporate responsibility through ambitious goals aimed at accelerating our ESG progress and performance through 2030. Below are our Goals That Inspire.

Goals that Inspire: ESG 2030

GOALS THAT INSPIRE: Environmental Stewardship

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% on a per-ton basis 
    SLOW PROGRESS (working to address)
  • Protect essential water supply by reporting consumption at all sites and recycling 90% of water within stressed areas 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)
  • Preserve, restore, and improve biodiversity through conservation and reclamation practices 
    SLOW PROGRESS (working to address)

GOALS THAT INSPIRE: Positive Social Impact

  • Ensure the safety and health of our Team Members by improving our all-incidence rate and reducing potential exposures to respirable silica 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)
  • Build a culture of diversity and inclusion by improving representation among our workforce and leadership, and fostering a greater sense of belonging among Team Members 
    SLOW PROGRESS (working to address)
  • Support our communities through $10 million in donations and 50,000 Team Member volunteer hours 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)
  • Expand our sustainable product offerings while articulating their inherent benefits on society 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)

GOALS THAT INSPIRE: Responsible Governance and Ethics

  • Engage with our Team Members and communities through employee engagement activities and Community Action Plans at all locations 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)
  • Emphasize ESG in the supply chain by instituting a Business Partner Code of Conduct and implementing an ESG assessment program 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)
  • Increase corporate transparency by joining the UN Global Compact and aligning our ESG reporting with prevailing frameworks 
    GOOD PROGRESS (on pace)

Click for more information about Covia’s ESG performance.

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At Covia, we are committed to being more than just a leading provider of high-performance mineral and material solutions – we believe that our company can make a positive difference in the world. This belief is what drives our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, which is influenced by both our journey as an organization and the events in the world around us.

Our commitment to operating as a responsible corporate citizen has been embedded into every aspect of our business for decades and serves as the foundation for Covia’s ESG initiatives. From our operations to our Team Members and the communities in which we live and work, we continue to define WHAT WE’RE MADE OF as more than the materials we produce, but the impact we can make in every interaction.

In 2021, we enhanced our approach toward accelerating ESG performance by developing our formal GOALS THAT INSPIRE: ESG 2030. These 10 goals, broken into our three core areas - Environmental Stewardship, Positive Social Impact and Responsible Governance & Ethics - were developed by Covia Team members across the company and are designed to drive tangible and measurable progress in areas where we can make the most impact.

We have the commitment and strategy in place to drive meaningful progress and we are pledging to make a positive differences for our people, our planet and our communities.

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