News Release

Schnitzer Steel Named One of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Recognition honors those companies who recognize their critical role to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world.

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2019-- Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCHN) has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Schnitzer is one of 128 honorees spanning 21 countries and 50 industries.

This year’s honorees illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.

“This year marks the fifth year that we have been honored as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies,” said Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer. “More than a continued acknowledgment of Schnitzer’s ethical standards and responsible business practices, this prestigious distinction recognizes our employees’ commitment to acting ethically, safely and sustainably every day. I extend my congratulations and thanks to all of our employees, and look forward to continued excellence in service to our customers, shareholders and communities.”

“We are proud to be a member of a community of companies committed to raising the bar on ethical leadership and actions in all aspects of our business. This is a testament to the integrity, inclusiveness and can-do spirit of our workforce,” said Callie Pappas, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer.

“Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “I congratulate everyone at Schnitzer for earning this recognition.”

Methodology & Scoring

The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

Honorees

The full list of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at https://worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees.

Best practices and insights from the 2019 honorees will be released in a report and webcast in March and April of this year. Sign up to receive the report.

About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in North America with operating facilities located in 23 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company’s integrated operating platform also includes auto parts stores with approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing operations produce finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). More information about Ethisphere can be found at: https://ethisphere.com.

Source: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Media Relations:
Colin Kelly
ckelly@schn.com
781-873-1665
or
Investor Relations:
Michael Bennett
503-323-2811
www.schnitzersteel.com
ir@schn.com

Ethisphere Media Contact
Clea Nabozny
480-397-2658
clea.nabozny@ethisphere.com

Data provided by Thomson Reuters