Corporate Social Responsibility

Improving Our Environmental Footprint

At Fort Dearborn, we go above and beyond to be sustainable, socially responsible, and ethical in every aspect of our business. We’ve committed to the support of sustainable business practices because if it’s important to you, it’s important to us.

Waste Reduction / Recycling

Waste reduction is the most important way Fort Dearborn is minimizing its environmental footprint.

By minimizing waste in our manufacturing plants, we also reduce electricity, natural gas, and water use, as well as air emissions from any volatile solvents.

Through more effective order engineering, we minimize layout waste. Focused efforts in each plant minimize job make-ready and run waste, while also increasing the recycling and/or reuse rate for any waste generated within our facilities.

Our sustainability metrics include:

Waste Reduction and Management

Water Use and Management

Energy Efficiency

Transportation Management

Air Quality Management

Sustainable Product Design Criteria

Environmental Health and Safety Policy


Fort Dearborn Company is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our associates and customers and protecting the communities where we operate. By integrating sound environmental, health, and safety (EHS) policies into all aspects of our business, we are able to manufacture products in safe, environmentally responsible workplaces.

We continuously improve our EHS management systems through ongoing program evaluation, workplace inspection, and training to achieve industry-leading performance. Conformance to this policy is the responsibility of every associate.


Fort Dearborn Company recognizes the importance of supplier diversity in our procurement practices. We are committed to providing qualified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) with the opportunity to do business with Fort Dearborn.

Partnering with a diverse range of suppliers can create a competitive advantage for our company and enhance our ability to provide products and services that create customer value and meet or exceed customers’ needs.

Supplier diversity goals:

Purchase from competitive MBE suppliers when possible

Communicate the value of supplier diversity internally and externally

Monitor progress and strive for continuous improvement toward achieving our supplier diversity goals


Fort Dearborn Company supports the communities in which our plants are located through various efforts.

To help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Dearborn committed to providing $100,000 in donations to local food pantries in each community in which we manufacture products. In addition, we have created a corporate partnership with Feeding America and committed to contributing $50,000.


Our eCommerce suite of services helps streamline label procurement and inventory management, resulting in efficiency gains, lower inventory volumes, and reduced obsolescence. What’s more, our customer analytics team works closely with customers to develop programs to maximize supply-chain efficiencies.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Fort Dearborn supports sustainable and socially responsible business practices, from reducing waste at a corporate level to supporting supplier diversity.

Fort Dearborn is an active participant in the Ecovadis environmental, social and ethical performance scorecard and member of Sedex responsible and sustainable supply chain sourcing.

Ontario Toxics Reduction Program

Fort Dearborn Company intends to be in full compliance with all federal and provincial environmental protection regulations.

Plan Summary Preview for Leamington, Ontario CA

Certification Statement and Annual Report 2013 and 2014 for Leamington, Ontario CA

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