Sustainability CEO Message

Dear valued stakeholders,

I am pleased to present GrafTech’s 2019 Sustainability Report. This is our inaugural Report, and we are excited to share with you our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance and initiatives. With this Report, we aim to provide our stakeholders and the broader community a better understanding of our sharp focus on and plans for continued improvement of our ESG programs. Further, we want to highlight our dedicated employees who not only work hard for GrafTech, but also dedicate time giving back to our local communities and promoting open and transparent communications with its residents.

GrafTech is deeply committed to promoting and protecting the safety and well-being of our people. We are focused on improving our safety performance by enhancing existing programs and introducing new initiatives that hold all employees—from executives to the plant floor—accountable for keeping everyone safe, every day. Initiatives including our “Hands Off” and Crane Safety programs have helped to reduce our overall injury rate by 50% over the last two years. Our continued focus on safety performance has GrafTech achieving more than a 40% reduction in injuries for the first half of the 2020 compared to 2019. Further, safety is not just about the job itself but an overall focus on physical and mental well-being.

We believe it is important for GrafTech to better understand our ESG impacts and identify areas for particular focus on an ongoing basis, such as employing sound corporate governance practices, promoting diversity in our workforce, and continuing to make tangible progress on our environmental initiatives. As we navigate the unforeseen current crisis of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it has reinforced the importance of emergency scenario planning and the ability of a business to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. As we begin to manage the effects of the pandemic on our company, employees, and communities, we are continuing to find new ways to innovate. Moving forward, we plan to focus on expanding the tracking and monitoring of our sustainability data and setting additional ESG goals for the future.

Though we are proud of our inaugural Sustainability Report, we know that true progress on ESG topic management and performance is more than the Report itself. We have made exciting progress in important ESG components and recognize that further opportunities are within reach. GrafTech is primed to continue on this sustainability journey.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read our Report, and I welcome your questions and comments.

David J. Rintoul, President & Chief Executive Officer

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2019 Sustainability Report

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Sustainability Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

At GrafTech, we aim to do the right thing every time. We value health and safety excellence, environmental performance, and our most important asset—our people. As a company, we are committed to unyielding integrity, and to ensuring the success of future generations of employees, customers, shareholders, and communities. Our Code of Conduct and Ethics guides our daily business decisions and actions, and GrafTech not only expects all employees, directors, and officers of the Company to adhere to this Code, but to report possible violations without fear of retaliation.

For more information on our business ethics and governance practices, please read our 2019 Sustainability Report.


GrafTech’s policies and practices guiding business integrity.

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Sustainability Materiality & Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability at GrafTech is overseen by a Steering Group comprised of senior management and managed by a Working Group of cross-functional subject matter experts within GrafTech. The Working Group manages the regular tracking and reporting of data and information relevant to our material topics.

In 2019, GrafTech conducted an internal materiality assessment, evaluating peer reporting and general industry best practices on sustainability. Using the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Chemical Standard as guidance, we identified eight sustainability topics that are material to GrafTech.

To learn more about how we manage our important sustainability topics, please read our 2019 Sustainability Report.

Material Topics

  • Employee Health and Safety
  • Community Relations
  • Materials Sourcing and Efficiency
  • Energy Management
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Air Quality
  • Water and Wastewater Management
  • Waste Management

Sustainability Workforce

At GrafTech, safety is a top priority for all employees. We believe it is not only our responsibility but our moral obligation that employees return home in the same condition they arrived. In addition to fostering a safe working environment, we provide our employees with proper safety and job skills training; meaningful work; competitive compensation and benefits; and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

To read more about Health & Safety, Employee Benefits and Well-Being, and Talent Development at GrafTech, please read our 2019 Sustainability Report.


GrafTech is a high-tech place to grow.

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Sustainability Society

As a significant manufacturer and employer, we recognize that our operations impact more than just ourselves. We strive to be a good corporate citizen to our local communities by hiring and cultivating talent; being a responsible steward of the environment; and supporting local organizations.

To read more about our Local Communities and Materials Sourcing and Efficiency, please read our 2019 Sustainability Report.

Where We Operate

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Sustainability Environment

As a manufacturer of graphite electrodes, we are cognizant of our impacts on the environment. From energy consumption and air emissions to water use and waste handling, we proactively take steps to reduce these impacts throughout our operations.

To read more about our management of Energy, Emissions and Air Quality, Water, and Waste, please read our 2019 Sustainability Report.

2019 Sustainability Report

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