Since the formation of the company in 1914, Cooper has conducted business with honesty, integrity and a strong commitment to the highest standards of ethics. Cooper prides itself in its dedication to doing the right thing. The principles that guided Cooper in the early 20th Century – "Good Merchandise. Fair Play. A Square Deal." – still guide us today in the 21st Century. Long before the concepts of "Corporate Governance," "Sustainability" and "Corporate Responsibility" became popular, Cooper was committed to doing business the right way; always doing the right thing. This is The Cooper Way.
Cooper has operated in small communities for nearly 100 years – first in Ohio, and now in small communities located around the world. Accordingly, Cooper is closely integrated with and important to those communities in which we operate. And those communities are vitally important to us. Our close relationship with these communities has imparted upon us a keen sense of our obligation to do the right thing and be a good community citizen. It is with this realization that Cooper dedicates a section on its website to provide information about our Corporate Responsibility efforts. While the concepts imbedded in the notion of Corporate Responsibility have driven everything that we do for nearly 100 years, we are proud to share with you some of our outstanding efforts in this regard..
Cooper's Corporate Responsibility efforts are organized into the following four core concepts:
Cooper Social Responsibility
Cooper's commitment to social responsibility has served it well over the years not only in making Cooper a better place to work and our communities better places in which to live, but also by increasing the growth and profitability of the company.
At Cooper we recognize our responsibility to do the right thing and be a good neighbor around the world. Part of this responsibility is to protect the environment in the communities in which we operate. Cooper works to protect the environment by considering the environment in the design of our products and processes, preventing pollution, using energy and resources wisely, strictly controlling emissions, reducing waste, providing proper training and driving continuous improvement in all that we do.
Cooper is dedicated to fostering the health, safety and well being of our most important asset -- our people.
Cooper is dedicated to producing products that meet and exceed all performance requirements. Cooper’s operations and products demonstrate our commitment to the environment.
Cooper's accomplishments and distinctions in these areas are impressive. However, none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the commitment of Cooper's people. I continue to be impressed by the dedication, hard work, honesty and integrity of Cooper people, and I am proud of them. By exploring the content of these pages, you will see that Cooper is truly a special organization -- one that has held tightly to its founding principles of conducting business with honesty, integrity and a strong commitment to the highest standards of ethics.
Chairman, CEO and President
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company