Social Sustainability

We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and the communities and customers we serve. We believe that our sustainable business practices along with our commitment to ESG lead to positive societal benefits. Our highest priority is always the safety of our employees.

Occupational Health & Safety Performance

Safety is one of Cornerstone Building Brands’ core values: Nothing is more important to us than providing a safe work environment.

We are committed to providing training for our employees to perform their job tasks safely.

We are committed to developing and maintaining safety programs and initiatives with the purpose of eliminating all injuries, safety incidents, and job-related illnesses.

We are committed to addressing all safety risks in a thorough and timely manner.

Nothing is more important to us than providing a safe work environment. We believe in watching out for each other, and we expect consistency with following our safety standards by all employees, temporary employees, contractors and visitors.

Occupational Health and Safety Statistics1

Health and Safety Chart


Frequency: Recordable injuries per 200,000 man-hours Severity: Lost workdays per 200,000 man-hours LWDI: Lost workday injuries per 200,000 man-hours 1Figures include full-time and part-time employees, temporary employees, and contractors. Data for Canadian operations is not included.

Our safety statistics demonstrate that our commitment to our core value of safety has produced above-average results in our industry categories.

Driving Our Safety Culture Forward

In 2022, we are implementing numerous new initiatives to further integrate safety into the Cornerstone Building Brands safety culture, recognized internally as “Acts of Caring.” From the leadership level to the plant level, we believe that all employees can learn from each other and promote greater health and safety awareness. For example, beginning in 2022, many meetings hosted by Cornerstone Building Brands and its employees with numerous attendees must now include an EHS&S Share, during which employees can share best practices, close calls, prevention measures or other lessons learned. We have also enhanced our data collection and reporting processes to develop additional key metrics that evaluate our safety performance, which we will share with our Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

To help further ensure that our commitment is successfully integrated across our operations, we are implementing a regular occupational health and safety audit across all our plants using internal health and safety experts. We plan to audit our plants using a three-year audit cycle to ensure all plants are examined at least once every three years. The audit will also include a safety culture survey for each plant, the findings of which we will share at the plant, business unit and corporate levels. Based on these findings, we will continue to develop existing and new initiatives that integrate occupational health and safety into our Company culture

Human Rights & Anti-Corruption

Human Rights

We are committed to respecting the human rights and dignity of everyone. We view our workplace as a complex, interconnected network that only functions when all parties within are treated fairly. This concept begins in the boardroom and extends throughout, to the factory floor and beyond. All those we come in contact with—whether they be employees, temporary or contract workers, candidates for hire, customers, or suppliers—are treated with the utmost respect and professionalism.

Human and Labor Rights Policy

Our Expectations


Understand and follow the law and our policies.

We comply with all applicable laws pertaining to fair employment practices and laws prohibiting forced and compulsory labor, child labor, employment discrimination, and human trafficking. Our internal policies include promoting diversity and inclusion, accommodating disabilities and protecting the rights and recognizing the dignity of everyone with whom we do business. We recognize and value our role in protecting human rights at the individual and the corporate levels. Business ethics are the foundation of our conduct, and we hold every employee and supplier to this standard.

Report possible violations.

We do not tolerate abuse of human rights in our operations or in our supply chain. Cornerstone Building Brands works to cultivate a culture that gives all employees the opportunity to work without fear of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment, and in an environment where they can have questions and concerns addressed in a timely and equitable manner. To this end, we employ an Integrity Helpline—staffed by third-party ethics and compliance specialists—as a confidential means for reporting possible legal and policy violations. We openly encourage anyone to report any suspicion or evidence of human rights abuses in our operations or those of our business partners.

We do not tolerate abuse of human rights in our operations or in our supply chain.


Human Rights and Responsible Minerals Initiative

Respect for human dignity is rooted in our belief of doing the right thing. We expect all our suppliers to avoid the use of minerals originating from the “Conflict Region” of Africa, which includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries. Vendors are prohibited from using such minerals to produce their products unless responsibly sourced.

Conflict Minerals Policy

We expect our suppliers to have due diligence frameworks and perform reasonable country of origin inquiries in good faith to identify and prevent the use of conflict minerals from being included in products sold to us, unless the originating facilities have been certified as “conflict free.” Cornerstone Building Brands regularly surveys its suppliers to verify compliance with this policy and makes procurement decisions based on compliance.


At Cornerstone Building Brands, we expect honesty and integrity to be primary motivating factors for every employee. It is the policy of Cornerstone Building Brands to comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and all other applicable anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. Employees with exposure to foreign transactions are periodically trained on our FCPA policy. We routinely monitor transaction activity and have institutional controls in place to flag potential nonconformities.

Anti-Corruption Policy

Hiring Practices

Core to our talent management strategy is embracing all candidates, no matter their background, race, age or sexual orientation and identity, and delivering a transparent, fair and engaging experience across the organization. You can read our equal opportunity and anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation policies here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)

Our Company’s Purpose is to positively contribute to the communities where we live, work, and play. It begins with our employees, a team comprised of many backgrounds, each adding a unique and valued contribution to the success of our organization. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) promise supports our purpose, mission and core values to have a work environment that is inclusive and equitable for all employees. This creates an environment of mutual respect where our diversity reflects the communities we serve.

Key concepts in our DE&I Platform include:


The presence of different types of people who possess unique combinations of characteristics and backgrounds such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age

The continuous practice of eliminating barriers to ensure all employees have access to resources, opportunities, and advancement so they may fully contribute to the Company’s success

The act of creating a culture where everyone feels welcomed, respected and valued

Our success depends on valuing all individuals and leveraging our diverse talent. This requires a conscious effort to weave all associates into the fabric and mission of the Company. We are prioritizing these actions:


Creating opportunities for employees to provide feedback to a DE&I Council


Tracking our progress with measurable goals to build our team at all levels to mirror the communities we serve


Providing opportunities to employees to join employee resource groups


Developing DE&I educational and training opportunities


Evaluating current company initiatives through a DE&I lens


DE&I Council

In 2020, our executive committee established a DE&I Council to accelerate the adoption and growth of the Cornerstone Building Brands culture. The Council advises on priorities related to our culture with a specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Council’s responsibilities include defining DE&I metrics, setting targets, benchmarking, providing education and training, seeking employee feedback, and building engagement as well as evaluating current Cornerstone Building Brands initiatives with a DE&I context.

Our current gender and racial diversity metrics provide a baseline for the DE&I Council’s work towards developing targets and implementing programs. Our progress will be regularly monitored by our Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Current Gender and Racial Diversity Metrics*


*Includes only U.S. data and does not include acquisitions and divestitures. The Female Workforce Percent Data does not include 32 blank responses. Data as of December 31, 2021.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) promise supports our purpose, mission and core values to have a work environment that is inclusive and equitable for all employees.

Home for Good Project


The Home for Good project is a foundational pillar that supports Cornerstone Building Brands’ purpose of giving back to the communities where people live, work, and play. Since the project’s inception in 2016, the Company has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable housing for families in need by donating more than $2 million in Ply Gem residential building materials and thousands of employee volunteer hours to local chapters throughout North America. The project’s momentum continues by:

Donating building materials to support Habitat for Humanity’s COVID-19 recovery campaign: Homes, Communities, Hope + You, supporting communities hardest hit by the pandemic

Adding a new challenge in 2021: Supplying performance products to Habitat Strong, dedicated to building fortified homes in disaster prone areas

Providing ongoing volunteer opportunities for Cornerstone employees across the country to make a difference in their local communities and help those in need