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OUR APPROACH: Building a Better World is our ongoing commitment to a sustainable future. Our Building a Better World program has a three pillar approach consisting of Our Products, Our People and Our Processes, with Governance as the program’s foundation. We are continually investing in safer and greener products and in initiatives and processes that benefit our customers, associates and the environment. Below are highlights of our past accomplishments and future goals.



Our Products

  • DayGlo ECO pigments are made of 26% recycled material.
  • Kop-Coat and AGPRO produce adjuvants that increase crop yields and can help reduce the use of pesticides by up to 50%.
  • AlphaGuard, a liquid applied roofing system, keeps tons of material out of stressed landfills each year because it is applied over the existing roof. Some AlphaGuard products are also bio-based and all are used to promote more energy efficiency in the buildings they are applied.

Our People

  • Expanded associate training and educational opportunities are helping drive diversity and inclusion.
  • 83% percent of respondents report favorable engagement and 88% are proud to be a part of RPM, according to a recent associate survey.
  • Our comprehensive U.S. benefits package and resources cultivate associates’ livelihoods in and outside of the workplace.

Our Processes

  • MS-168 Program for manufacturing enables us to produce better products more efficiently — and sustainably — through the waste hierarchy of Reduce, Reclaim, Recycle and Reuse.
  • Established a data management infrastructure for gathering emissions, energy, waste, recycling and water data from our facilities.
  • Completed a water stress analysis for all manufacturing locations in 2021, which informs Cap Ex and other planning processes

2025 Sustainability Goals*

  • Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our facilities by 20% per ton of production.
  • Reduce energy consumed in our facilities by 10% per ton of production.
  • Reduce waste to landfill from our facilities by 10% per ton of production.
  • Increase recycling at our facilities by 20% per ton of production.
  • Identify and implement additional opportunities for water reuse and conservation and actively evaluate and invest in the replacement of single-pass water discharge systems.
  • Mitigate or eliminate more than 20 chemical compounds from our product formulations by the end of 2030 – under a new Product Stewardship Initiative.

*2021 baseline

Our Governance

  • Sustainability performance is a defined responsibility of the Governance and Nominating Committee of our Board of Directors.
  • The Building a Better World Oversight Committee was formed by management to support our ongoing commitment to sustainability.
  • Our Route 168 campaign delivers monthly messages in new and engaging ways to raise awareness of compliance and ethics topics

This report contains data that align with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Chemicals Sustainability Accounting Standard. This report also contains RPM’s inaugural disclosure framework based on the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).