Our commitment to social responsibility at Fort Wayne Metals is deeply rooted in the vision of our founder, Mr. Ardelle Glaze. In a letter written to the company in September 1960, Mr. Glaze illustrates, “I have always felt that people are more important than materials or facilities. Their happiness, good working conditions, good income, all contribute to the welfare of the company.”
Fort Wayne Metals grew, and we became involved with programs like Red Cross blood drives, aluminum can collection for Habitat for Humanity, and holiday mitten and scarf trees. As the number of people joining our team greatly expanded, the demand to hew to Mr. Glaze’s original vision for his employees began to extend to our community to an even greater capacity. Small projects became major event coordinating, involving cross-sector groups throughout our community to do large-scale good work, like our donation and distribution of 5,000 gallons of water to Flint, Michigan during their time of ongoing crisis. It soon became clear that our social responsibility initiative was already underway, and as such we have developed the following policy:
Fort Wayne Metals is committed to conducting business in a manner that is socially responsible and commands respect for its integrity. Our decision making honors our mission, values, and operating principles, and is consistent with the concepts defined in ISO 26000, which states:
Social responsibility is the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behavior that
- Contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society;
- Takes into account the expectations of stakeholder;
- Is in compliance with applicable law and consistant with international norms of behavior; and
- Is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationships.