Sustainability represents who we are and what we do every single day. We recognize that progress involves a balance of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic growth.
Our vision is of a world in which people’s basic needs – such as shelter, clean water, education and reliable energy – are fulfilled. We provide work environments, products, services and solutions that promote the productive and efficient use of resources as we strive to achieve our vision. We believe this commitment supports the enduring success of our customers, stockholders, and our people.
Matthews International is committed to environmental stewardship and reducing the environmental footprint of our operations and supply chain. Our strategy is to align our environmental conservation goals with business growth by applying efficiency in the use of resources and implementing the Matthews Management System (MMS).
Our commitment is seen in the results of our actions. Matthews has reduced 53% of light usage at one site and 98% of VOC content in materials at another site. Driving equipment energy expenditure, reducing emissions, and improving efficiency throughout operations and our supply chain is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business too.
The first pillar of Matthews Management System (MMS) is Safety and we are committed to Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) excellence to protect our people, our communities and Matthews. We hold ourselves to high expectations and standards everywhere we work, and we assess the EHS impacts of our businesses before, during and after operations. Our site leaders use MMS to monitor performance through Total Incident Rate (TIR) and Days Away/Restricted Transfer (DART). EHS excellence is fundamental to who we are—it is what our leaders expect and our customers demand.
Being a good neighbor in our communities matters! We are not only committed to improving the lives of team members and customers, but also the people in the communities that we operate. This commitment leads us to maintain strong connections to the communities where we do business. Matthews has its own charity, the Matthews Children’s Foundation, that supports numerous children’s charities across the United States. Matthews is also a partner with United Way and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and participates in numerous events throughout the year. We believe great communities are the foundation of great business.
Our Board of Directors reflects an effective mix of business expertise, company knowledge, and experience. Our Board of Directors oversees the execution of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies and initiatives as an integrated part of the company’s overall strategy and risk management, including oversight of corporate social responsibilities, significant public policy issues, protection of human rights, environmental, health and safety matters, political contributions and philanthropic efforts.
Our commitment takes the form of doing business with unfailing honesty and integrity. We invest in the growth and development of our people, with meaningful action towards a culture of Diversity and Inclusion. As we have globalized, so has our supply chain. We expect our suppliers to obey the laws that require fair treatment of workers, a safe and healthy work environment, and environmental protection.