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Schnitzer Named One of the 2018 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute for the Fourth Consecutive Year

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2018-- Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCHN) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Recognition honors those who operate with purpose and incorporate integrity into their ecosystems.

Schnitzer has been recognized for a fourth consecutive year, highlighting the Company’s commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.

In 2018, Ethisphere recognized 135 honorees, spanning 23 countries and 57 industries.

“We are honored to be recognized once again as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies,” said Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This award underscores our employees’ commitment to acting ethically, safely and sustainably every day, allowing us to better serve our customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. I extend my congratulations and thanks to our employees.”

“Integrity, one of our core values, is at the center of all that we do,” said Callie Pappas, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. “Being honored as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth year highlights that our employees are living our values and are dedicated to doing the right thing.”

“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged. Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice. The World’s Most Ethical Companies in particular continued to show exemplary leadership,” explained Ethisphere’s CEO, Timothy Erblich. “I congratulate everyone at Schnitzer for being recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.”

Ethics & Performance

Once again, the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies have proven that operating with integrity leads to greater financial performance. Research has found that, when indexed, listed World’s Most Ethical Companies outperformed the U.S. Large Cap Index over five years by 10.72 percent and over three years by 4.88 percent. Ethisphere refers to this as the Ethics Premium.

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), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership, innovation 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.

About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in the United States 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 five million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing business produces 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:

Source: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

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