Awards


World's Most Ethical Companies

In 2017, Schnitzer was named a World's Most Ethical Company for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute, an international think tank focused on ethics and compliance. This prestigious award is given exclusively to companies that demonstrate leadership in five key categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation. Only 124 companies worldwide were honored in 2017. Schnitzer is the only metals recycling company to be among the winners.


2020 Women on Boards

Schnitzer has been recognized as a five-time 2020 Women on Boards Winning "W" Company for the years 2011-2015. Winning companies are selected for demonstrating board diversity with 20% or more women on their boards of directors. 2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit organization committed to increasing the percentage of women who serve on company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. The organization educates corporate stakeholders on the importance of board diversity and promotes companies that exemplify good corporate governance.


Scrap Company of the Year

In 2013, Schnitzer was named Scrap Company of the Year at the American Metal Market's Awards for Steel Excellence event in New York City. The award recognized Schnitzer's industry leadership through environmental stewardship, commitment to safety, operational excellence, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. Schnitzer also won this award in 2011.


Governors' Gold Award

In 2012, Schnitzer was recognized with the Governors' Gold Award for corporate and community leadership in the state of Oregon. Sponsorship of the awards dinner benefits Special Olympics Oregon, a unique organization serving Special Olympics athletes statewide since 1972.


Distinguished Safety Performance Award

Schnitzer Puerto Rico was recognized with the Distinguished Safety Performance Award in 2015 by the Puerto Rico Industrial Association (PRIA). This award was granted to our Bayamón facility for a recordable injury and illness frequency rate of 90% or more below the average national frequency rate for its specific type of industrial operation. PRIA is a private, voluntary, non-profit organization established in 1928 with the purpose of uniting all Puerto Rico's manufacturers and service industries into a strong and effective body in order to further their mutual interests as they relate to the private and public sectors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


SMA Community Involvement Recognition Award

Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, our steel manufacturing operation, was recognized in 2014 on behalf of the member companies of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) for its community involvement. Cascade's commitment to getting students interested in the steel industry through career and technical education grant projects and donations of flat steel and welding supplies helps the McMinnville community, along with the steel industry as a whole.


Fleet Safety Awards

Schnitzer was recognized by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) with Fleet Safety Awards in 2014, 2013 and 2012 for commitment to the safety of employees and the general public determined by lowest vehicle accident rate and severity.


Driver of the Year Award

In 2015, Schnitzer's Harry Squires was presented with ISRI's Safe Driver of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. In his 40-plus-year career, Squires has driven more than 3 million miles on the road without a single preventable accident.


Georgia Award of Excellence

In 2015, several Schnitzer facilities in Georgia received the Award of Excellence from Mark Butler, Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner and the Georgia Department of Labor. This award recognizes businesses with exceptional workplace safety. Several Schnitzer facilities also won this safety award in 2014 and 2013.


Firebrand Gold Award

Schnitzer was recognized at the 2013 Ignition Community Conference in Folsom, CA receiving the Firebrand Gold Award for innovation in the metals recycling industry. This award recognizes companies who pursue new technologies that drive improvement and innovation. Schnitzer was recognized for the development of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) / Manufacturing Execution System (MES) which has been rolled out for nonferrous plants in Tacoma, WA; Oakland, CA and Surrey, BC. The SCADA / MES system, called Ignition, connects plant data for plant control, scheduling and condition monitoring and provides web-based dashboard analysis tools.