Beacon Roofing Supply's Corporate Responsibility
At Beacon, we strive to improve our work practices. We actively support a culture of health and safety for the benefit of our employees and customers. Providing a safe and healthy work environment for our colleagues, contractors and visitors is a business priority and is core to Beacon's values. Health and safety are essential parts of a broader environment and workforce sustainability strategy that reduces the risk of harm to colleagues and helps them remain healthy, engaged and productive. We also strive to protect the environment as much as possible consistent with our business mission. This page sets forth the ways in which we achieve these goals.
I. Occupational Health and Safety
1. Workplace Safety
At Beacon, our employees are our greatest asset and we regularly implement initiatives to protect their well-being. Our overall goal is to be an Injury-Free Workplace and we use training, monitoring, and goal setting to move toward this objective. Beacon strives to establish processes that meet and/or exceed regulatory compliance by using multi-level employee collaboration to incorporate safety into our annual planning cycle and daily employee activities. We have appointed a Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to lead this effort.
Our guiding principles on the road to achieving our goal are:
- We will conduct our operations in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and will develop our occupational health and safety management system with the goal of becoming a market leader while surpassing the best results of companies across all industries.
- We view safety as a core value of the organization. We are committed to protecting and continually improving employee wellness and safety while providing our people with active and ongoing feedback to address risky behaviors and workplace hazards.
- We recognize that a person's attitude toward safety is a choice. Management will strive to lead by example, thereby demonstrating Beacon's commitment to safety across all areas of the business. We will communicate with, and continually look for ways to engage employees to improve our safety culture in a way that not only benefits the individuals, but also their families, coworkers, and our customers.
- We will provide current and relevant safety training to employees throughout our organization and will recognize superior occupational health and safety performance and results.
2. Health and Wellness
Beacon believes that happy workers are the best workers! In order for our employees to be happy they need to be healthy and that is why we believe that offering proper training and wellness programs are essential to providing the resources necessary to promote a healthy workforce. We constantly are striving to develop innovative ideas to get our employees healthy. Here are some of the things we are doing:
- Provide proper training on workplace safety for all employees.
- Employee MotivateMe Wellness Program (includes):
- Free yearly health assessments are given to each employee wishing to participate.
- Health coaching by phone.
- Online health management programs.
- Participation qualifies employees for the lowest available annual rates.
II. Culture of Charitable Giving
At Beacon, we believe that being a good corporate citizen is the right thing to do for our customers, employees, and community. Our goal is to achieve exceptional performance by embedding citizenship into all our daily decisions and actions.
Over the last two years, Beacon has contributed over three-quarters of a million dollars in charitable donations to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club. This figure does not include the numerous non-cash charitable contributions our branches make to entities such as Habitat for Humanity throughout the year. Beacon also contributes to scholarships like The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which assists individuals seeking to further their educations to pursue careers in roofing or building construction industries.
1. Storm Relief
A spirit of stewardship and service to the community always has been at the heart of the Beacon. When one hurts, we all help.
In the summer of 2017, when hurricanes devastated areas of coastal Texas, the Caribbean, and the Florida peninsula damaging thousands of homes, disrupting lives, and closing businesses, the Beacon team took action. Employee safety and the safety of their families is Beacon’s number one concern during these situations.
To that end, when damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma shut down our branches, Beacon continued to pay over $240,000 in salaries to any affected employees. Beacon also was able to generate a combined $96K in federal income tax credits for affected disaster area employers. Beacon’s Management Team also organized a go-fund-me page to provide additional support to employees. Beacon employees contributed over $70,000 to provide their fellow employees with additional financial support in their time of need. This amount was matched by the Company.
Through the hard work and dedication of employees in the affected areas and the compassionate support by fellow employees around the country, Beacon is proud to have made a positive impact on those around us.
2. Political Involvement and Contributions
Although Beacon does not offer donations for any political party or candidate, we do encourage all of our employees to actively take part in the political process and support candidates of their choice.
Beacon participates in trade organizations that represent our industry as a whole.
III. Human Rights
At Beacon, we are led and sustained by our Core Values, a set of core standards that lead our moral compass for how we conduct business around the country. These principles summarize our responsibilities to our employees, our customers, our communities, and our shareholders. They also bond our more than 8,300 employees with a shared principle that the fundamental rights and dignity of all people must be respected and ensured. At Beacon we:
- Respect the individual regardless of nationality, race, sex, or legally protected human characteristics. We value and foster the diversity and inclusion of the people with whom we work. We base employment decisions on merit, considering qualifications, skills, and achievements. We are committed to equal opportunity and are intolerant to discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, disability, or any status protected by applicable law.
- Comply with all laws, including all employment laws and regulations, in every country and jurisdiction in which we operate and we expect our suppliers to do the same. Beacon will not tolerate the use of child or forced labor, slavery, or human trafficking in any of its operations and facilities. We will not tolerate the exploitation of children or the trafficking, physical punishment, abuse, or involuntary servitude of any worker. We prohibit the hiring of individuals who are under 18 years of age for positions in which hazardous work is required. We expect our suppliers and contractors with which we do business to uphold the same standards.
- Accept that our employees are our most important asset and we endeavor to provide a safe workplace together with the ongoing training and awareness to ensure that every employee goes home safely every night. We compensate our employees in accordance with market practice in a manner that supports their ability to meet their basic needs. Beacon will pay wages that meet or exceed the legally required wages. We also offer our employees the opportunity to improve their skills and capabilities. Beacon will comply with applicable industry practices, local, state, and national laws on working hours.
1. Conflicts Mineral Policy
Beacon is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and is continually working toward a conflict-free supply chain. Beacon opposes human rights abuses and seeks to source products and materials from companies that share our values.
Under section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) requires publicly traded companies to report annually to the SEC whether the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain “conflict minerals” originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the “DRC”) or adjoining countries. This “conflict minerals” rule specifically refers to coltan, cassiterite, gold, wolframite, tantalum, tin, and tungsten; it is believed that revenue from the mining and transportation of these minerals benefits groups responsible for human rights violations.
Beacon supports industry-wide efforts to identify, reduce, and hopefully eliminate the use of conflict minerals originating from the DRC and adjoining countries, and our supply chain program strives to prevent purchasing products that contain conflict minerals.
Beacon suppliers are expected to supply conflict-free materials and products, establish their own conflicts minerals policies, provide information on sources of supply upon request, have or develop due diligence frameworks and management systems to prevent conflict minerals from being included in products sold to Beacon. In the event Beacon determines that a supplier has failed to develop and implement reasonable steps to comply with Beacon’s Conflicts Minerals Policy, Beacon reserve the right to take appropriate actions, which may include discontinuing the business relationship with the supplier.
2. Human Rights, Anti-Human Trafficking, and Anti-Forced and Slave Labor Policy
Beacon believes in the protection of human rights, and that all individuals should be treated fairly, and with dignity and respect. We are committed to integrating respect for human rights into our practice wherever we do business, either directly within our own operations or throughout our supply chain. This commitment is reflected in our core values, as well as our Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, our Supplier Code of Conduct, and other related policies. Further, Beacon is committed to respecting any relevant laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.
Beacon has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery; it is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labor and human trafficking, all of which have in common, the deprivation of a person’s liberty in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. Beacon will not tolerate the use of child or forced labor, slavery, or human trafficking in any of our operations and facilities. Beacon will not tolerate the exploitation of children or the trafficking, physical punishment, abuse, or involuntary servitude of any worker.
Internally, we have open-door policies to promote reporting of any issues by our employees and a strong anti-retaliation policy. Employees can raise or report any human rights, human trafficking, retaliation or other ethical conduct questions, issues or concerns with their supervisor, the Human Resources Department, the Legal Department, or through our 24-hour Business Integrity Helpline, where applicable. For further information on the Business Integrity Line, or to report incidents anonymously, visit https://www.whistleblowerservices.com/becn/.
Incidents of human trafficking can also be reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Global Human Trafficking Hotline at https://humantraffickinghotline.org/report-trafficking.
IV. Anti-Corruption Policy
We have a responsibility to protect the Company’s assets entrusted to us from loss, damage, misuse or theft. These assets include funds, products, or computers and may only be used for business purposes and other purposes approved by management. Company assets may never be used for illegal purposes.
All Beacon employees will comply with the anticorruption laws of the countries in which Beacon does business, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), which applies to Beacon’s global business.
Employees will not directly or indirectly offer or make a corrupt payment to government officials, including employees of state-owned enterprises. These requirements apply both to Beacon’s employees and to agents, such as third party sales representatives, no matter where they are doing business. If you are authorized to engage agents, make sure that they are reputable and require them to agree in writing to Company’s standards in this area.
Directors, officers, and employees who have access to confidential information with respect to the Company are not permitted to use or share that information for stock trading purposes or for any other purpose except the conduct of the Company's business. All non-public information about the Company should be considered confidential information.
To use non-public information for personal financial benefit or to "tip" others who might make an investment decision on the basis of this information is not only unethical but also illegal. In order to assist with compliance with laws against insider trading, the Company has adopted a specific policy governing trading by directors, officers, and employees in securities of the Company. This policy is distributed to every director and officer, and any employee who has access to material non-public information. If any director, officer, or employee has any questions, please consult Joseph Nowicki, the Chief Financial Officer.
V. Environmental Management Policy
Beacon believes that the protection of the environment is important to the long-term success of our business. Beacon has developed a multi-pronged environmental policy that is founded upon:
- Our fleet always in which we can reduce the emissions impact and increase fuel economy;
- waste management/recycling- ways in which we can manage our waste and work with suppliers or recyclable/reusable products to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of waste.
Employees at all levels are required to comply with Beacon’s procedures and all relevant local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations.
As a distributor rather than a product manufacturer, Beacon is fortunate to make a smaller impact on the environment than many other companies in the marketplace. Still, we are continually looking for ways to run our business successfully while safeguarding resources for future generations. We also encourage our suppliers to practice leading waste and energy management techniques and strive to partner with environmentally conscious suppliers.
Below we describe ways that we are achieving these goals.
1. Fleet Management: Emissions Fuel Economy
Beacon utilizes a fleet of trucks to deliver its products. We understand that our gas-powered trucks release greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and we are working to reduce these emissions. Here is what we have done so far:
- Learn more about GHG Emissions here.
- Click the following link to learn more about the NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program.
We continually invest to modernize our fleet to reduce emissions and improve safety for our drivers. All replacement Commercial Motor Vehicles are Certified Clean Idle diesel engines resulting in lower NOx levels of less than 30g/ hr.
With the implementation of In-cab technology, we are focused more now than ever on reducing emissions and our carbon footprint by managing the following:
- Idle time.
- Hard braking.
- Efficient routing.
- Eliminating empty miles.
- Improving our Preventative Maintenance Program for safer, efficient vehicle operation.
- Increased intervals between particulate filter changes (less carbon output).
- Fewer engine regenerations due to reduced idle time.
- Increased fuel mileage.
2. NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program
The NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program is designed to recognize and reward fleets that are taking significant steps to incorporate sustainable actions into their everyday operations by improving air quality through:
- Emission reduction.
- Increased fuel efficiency; and
- Reduced fuel usage
Beacon recognizes the value of participating in this program and intends to use this platform to improve the safety and health of our 1200+ drivers. We continually invest to modernize our fleet to reduce emissions and improve safety for our drivers. We are also replacing our Non-Road small diesel engines with Tier 4 emission compliant engines.
3. Waste Management / Recyclables
Beacon strives to minimize the amount of waste we generate by adhering to local guidelines regarding recycling and disposal of hazardous waste materials. We also have contracts with Waste Management, a national leader in proper waste disposal.
4. Eco-Friendly Products and Services
We help our clients and customers protect the environment and meet their internal green goals by offering eco-friendly products and services in select locations.
- In some locations, we offer waste disposal/recycling assistance to our customers to ensure proper and environmentally friendly waste management.
- Beacon is a leading supplier of solar energy products, which helps to reduce waste and conserve energy.
5. Resource Conservation
A. High-Efficiency Lighting
In many locations, we have begun working with local energy providers to replace existing warehouse lighting with high-efficiency LED (“T”) lighting to reduce energy usage. LED lights are more durable and up to 80 percent more efficient than traditional lighting, such as fluorescent and incandescent lamps. For more information about the benefits of LED lighting, please see https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting
B. Water Conservation
According to the U.S. EPA, 80 percent of states will experience water shortages by 2024; it is imperative that we all do our part to reduce unnecessary water use and help preserve this precious resource. For more information visit: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/statistics-and-facts.
Because Beacon does not manufacture products, our water consumption is relatively small. However, we do look for opportunities to reduce our water usage where we can.
VI. Suppliers and Contractors
We have established and will maintain appropriate procedures to evaluate and select suppliers and contractors based on our core values, human rights policy, environmental policies, supplier qualification process, and our supplier code of conduct.
For more information, please see our Supplier Code of Conduct.