Environmental, social and corporate governance

At Our Core: Environmental, Social and Governance at Core & Main

As a leading distributor of water, sewer, storm drain and fire protection products in the United States, Core & Main is committed to helping communities thrive. Operating more than 275 branches nationwide, the company combines local expertise with a national supply chain to provide contractors and municipalities innovative solutions to support new construction and modernize aging infrastructure. Our 3,500 plus associates are committed to the safe distribution of water and fire protection to help communities thrive. We know that every drop of water counts.

Measurement & Mindset

Each year, we report data about our environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities to a third-party auditor to measure our ESG performance. We expect and encourage our associates to use data and critical thinking to voice concerns and focus on continuous improvement.

In addition, we are training future industry leaders through our learning culture, which we call the Talent Factory Unlimited. Among our development efforts are: legacy building—where industry veterans teach custom, in-house curricula to the next generation, fostering the infrastructure experts of tomorrow; management training programs for college graduates inside and outside our industry; and a unique metering management program to support smart city management in midsize, urban communities. Our goal is to lead our industry in our commitment and expertise to create modern, sustainable infrastructure.

We also play an active role in trade associations that are committed to sustainable infrastructure that preserves water and prevents fires.

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Sustainability

Earth-friendly practices are important to the success of the communities where we live, work and play. Our corporate office in St. Louis is LEED certified—the building is a healthy, cost- and energy-effective facility with reduced stress on the environment.

We partner with like-minded vendors to ensure the materials we distribute support sustainable, long-term infrastructure for the safe transport of water, wastewater, oil and gas. Vendors must acknowledge and adhere to our Ethics Guide for Suppliers, Contractors and Consultants.

Safety & Training

Safety is first and foremost in our daily operations. One of our core principles is to be action-oriented and accountable, which means our associates are empowered to use their voices not only to identify and correct any safety issues, but also to focus on continuous improvement. Our Being ProActive safety program reflects a cultural mindset that each one of us is responsible for keeping our workplace incident free and leading the industry in professional, secure delivery protocols with our customers.

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Community & Giving

We believe strong relationships make for strong communities. Our associates support their communities through local giving opportunities to food banks, disaster relief efforts and children’s charities, among others. In addition, Core & Main is a national corporate sponsor of Folds of Honor.

Employee Health & Wellness

We invest in the development and well-being of our people. To encourage healthy lifestyles, the company offers wellness credits to associates who are proactive about their health and well-being. In our corporate office, there is an on-site fitness center, plus group exercise classes with a professional instructor. All associates receive a monthly benefits bulletin with health and money saving tips.

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Core Beliefs

To ensure our associates understand and integrate our core principles and how we want to do business, we provide annual training in compliance and ethics, which includes a deeper dive into those core principles, in particular how honesty and integrity guide us. Our plainspoken code of conduct further supports our collective understanding of how to navigate complex situations and do the right thing. We encourage associates to voice concerns using our toll-free anonymous alert line and website for reporting ethics concerns without fear of retaliation.

Whether you’re a partner, customer, associate or neighbor of Core & Main, you are a part of our vision to foster a world where communities thrive because our people and products provide safe, sustainable infrastructure for generations to come.