Graham Corporation is a global business that designs, manufactures, and sells critical, highly engineered heat transfer equipment for the defense, energy, chemical/petrochemical industries, aerospace/space, medical, and technology industries. To help maintain our culture of precise engineering solutions, our objective is to provide continued transparency as we further enhance our performance in areas of Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”). Over the last two years, Graham Corporation has transformed from a highly cyclical refinery and petrochemical equipment supplier towards a well-diversified, multi-market company providing full life cycle mission-critical equipment to defend our nation, ensure sustainable energy supply and enable space commercialization while fostering deep relationships with customers, engaging and regarding employees and embracing communities.
Commitment to Sustainability
In 2022, we enhanced our ESG strategy to align with the broader transformation of our business. Our executive management team recognized the importance of embedding environmental and social priorities within our business operations. It approved an enhanced and modernized ESG strategy intended to drive additional progress on initiatives that promote sustainability and increased transparency. Continuing to ensure our accountability and progress, Mr. Thoren, Graham’s Chief Executive Officer is the lead officer with responsibility for overseeing and advancing the Company’s efforts concerning ESG initiatives. In such a capacity, Mr. Thoren reviews our ESG efforts with the Board and the various Board committees as appropriate.
Last year, we established ESG working groups at each of our companies that are responsible for leading our ESG strategy and monitoring our corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability initiatives. This group includes cross-functional subject matter experts from across the firm. Against this backdrop, we have, with the assistance of outside ESG expertise, assessed key indicators and engaged with our internal and external stakeholders on ESG topics to help further inform our future direction and tenets. These ESG working groups oversee Graham’s sustainability strategy and subsequent disclosures, including the production of our 2023 Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Factsheet (coming soon). Here is our 2022 Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Factsheet.
We believe that a focus on environmental stewardship is fundamental and integral to the work we do every day to serve our customers, create value for our stockholders, and benefit our global community. We have taken steps at both our business units in Batavia, New York, and Arvada, CO, to improve energy efficiencies and air quality that are intended to lessen our impact on the environment. Our Board of Directors approved our new Enterprise Environmental Policy which is available on our website here. We support clean energy initiatives of our customers, including hydrogen, nuclear, biodiesel, and geothermal power. Here are some highlights of our environmental sustainability efforts lately:
- Upgraded boiler feedwater pump and VFD saved 6600 kW-hrs annually
- Encouraged environmentally friendly work practices by supporting recycling, reusing, and by continuing to install energy-efficient equipment
- Increased the use of e-records and e-signing technology resulting in carbon emissions reduction
- Migrated technology infrastructure to a cloud environment, reducing energy usage and accordingly, our carbon footprint
- Encouraged environmentally friendly workplace practices by supporting recycling and separation of waste throughout our offices
Each of our facilities are diligent in controlling hazardous waste and ensuring wastewater and storm sewer discharges are monitored to support greater access to clean water. We help minimize the sources of pollution in our communities with Adopt-A-Street clean-up activities, factory recycling programs, electric car charging stations, and implementing energy-saving initiatives like LED lighting, motion sensors for lighting, smart compressors to manage energy loads, and installing programmable thermostats in our facilities.
At Graham, we believe our most important asset is our people. We are committed to fostering and embracing a Graham community in which employees share a mutual understanding and respect for each other. Our pledge to diversity and equality encompasses our commitment to creating a work environment that embraces inclusion regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, pregnancy, disability, veteran status, or based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. We continually strive to use our knowledge, talents, and resources to improve the quality of life of our workforce.
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (“DEI”) is very important to us at Graham. Our commitment starts with our goal of attracting, retaining, and developing a workforce that is diverse in background, knowledge, skill, and experience. As of March 31, 2023, women represented approximately 19% of our total workforce and 33% of our independent Directors. Graham self-identified racial and ethnic minorities represented approximately 8% of our workforce, up 60% from last year.
Our Leadership recognizes that a diverse workforce and a culture of equity and inclusion help us compete more effectively, sustain success, and build long-term shareholder value. We encourage every one of our team members to form deeper relationships with those around them based on mutual respect, dignity, and understanding. Furthermore, to encourage productive conversations within our organization, we implement employee surveys. Graham has robust non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies as outlined in our employee handbook, as well as a formal Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
We believe that employee development is vital to our continued success, and we support the development of our employees through programs such as our internal weld school training, our partnerships for external weld training, our tuition assistance program, and leadership and management training classes. Our management is continuously focused on developing an inclusive and respectful work environment where our employees are highly engaged and motivated.
We are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our team members by supporting the whole person. Our dedicated global health and safety function ensures that employees are trained on best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace for all. To ensure the health and well-being of our employees, we aim to provide a robust health and wellness package. Some of the various benefits we offer include:
- Competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits.
- Short- and long-term disability insurance.
- Paid maternity and parental leave.
- 401(k) retirement savings program, including company matching contributions.
- Employee Assistance Program provides free counseling services.
- Wellness incentives, including a wellness consultant.
We believe that investing in local communities to create social and economic outcomes is at the heart of generating social impact. We believe that to be successful we need to push ourselves to do our best, for our customers, for our stockholders, for the Company, for ourselves, for those around us, and for the world that we all share. We are committed to supporting the communities in which we do business by leveraging the power of our Company through donations, scholarships, education, and participation with certain charitable organizations. We strive to use our capabilities, reach, and resources to make a lasting difference in the world. Namely:
- We participated in the GLOW Corporate Cup. The goal of this event is for local businesses to form racing teams, compete in a fun atmosphere, and crown a winner of the Corporate Cup. The proceeds raised from this event the YMCA can fulfill its mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in the GLOW region.
- We implemented a United Way Day of Giving, the largest community-wide volunteer event across our region serving Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.
- Donated time and resources to several charities including Habitat for Humanity, Second Wind Fund, Children’s Hospital, Community Table Food Bank, Family Tree, and veteran organizations.
- Partnered with school STEM programs to support students and educate them regarding careers in manufacturing and engineering
We believe it is our responsibility to respect human rights in our operations, including, among other things, opposing human trafficking and the exploitation of children. Accordingly, we have a Human Rights Policy Statement to emphasize our strong commitment to human rights. As another part of being a good corporate citizen, we have a Conflict Minerals Policy intended to support our commitment to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values around human rights and ethics.
Graham is committed to achieving excellence in our corporate governance practices. We emphasize a culture of accountability and conduct our business in a manner that is fair, ethical, and responsible to earn the trust of our stakeholders. The Company has comprehensive corporate governance and sustainability policies and structures in place to foster accountability and transparency. These policies reflect our underlying commitment to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity and to operate our business in compliance with all applicable anti-corruption, antibribery, and anti-trust laws and regulations.
The Board of Directors is comprised of a majority of independent directors as defined by the NYSE listing standards and the Board’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. All of the Board committees are comprised entirely of independent directors. The Board also believes that director refreshment is an important component of good corporate governance, and therefore, in March of 2022 nominated two new directors.
Graham recognizes that effectively managing enterprise risks is critically important to the long-term success of our business. Management is responsible for our company’s day-to-day risk management activities. Our company relies on a comprehensive risk management process to aggregate, monitor, measure, and manage risks. While we exercise oversight, we do not have full control over our supply chain or the suppliers we do business with; however, we continually seek to partner with suppliers that share common values and a shared commitment to our ESG objectives.
As a global leader in the design and manufacture of critical electronics-enhanced turbomachines and turbomachine-based subsystems as well as vacuum and heat exchangers technologies, Graham is a trusted partner that meets the industry’s high bar for data resiliency and security. We leverage the latest encryption configurations and technologies on our systems, devices, and third-party connections and further vet third-party vendors’ encryption, as required, through our vendor management process.
We routinely engage with our stakeholders to better understand their views on ESG matters, carefully considering the feedback we receive and acting when appropriate.