Southwire’s Stakeholders

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Southwire regularly engages with the following stakeholder groups: customers, suppliers, shareholders and board members, regulators, industry associations, community members and Southwire employees. We identify stakeholders through interviews with executive leadership, the Southwire environmental leadership committee, the sustainability committee of the Southwire board of directors and various other employees. We select stakeholders for engagement based on their knowledge and understanding of Southwire’s overall operations, industry positions, regulatory history and community involvement.

Engaging with Stakeholders

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Internal Stakeholders

Stakeholder engagement—a business imperative for Southwire—occurs in many ways. We invest in numerous mechanisms to engage our employees. For material sustainability topics covered in this report, click on the links below to learn how Southwire addresses the issues our employees care about most.

Approach Frequency Purpose Topics & Concerns Raised
Employee Engagement Survey Approximately every 18–24 months; process evolving in 2018 The results of these voluntary surveys deliver a better understanding of our employees’ wants and needs, allowing periodic adjustments to management systems and approaches.
Roundtable Discussions Monthly Our CEO engages with employees, providing an avenue for open discussion about company successes and areas for improvement around Southwire. The discussion hosts a rotating group of 15-20 employees in various functions who meet with the CEO and other members of leadership. Feedback is gathered and discussed with senior leadership to create plans and processes for continued growth.
Town Hall Meetings Quarterly Our CEO conducts an in-person state of the business meeting from various Southwire locations. These video-recorded meetings stream live across Southwire. The meetings provide timely information concerning the company’s overall performance while affording employees the opportunity to ask questions about specific interest areas.
Operational Perfection at Southwire (OPS) Ongoing This program drives total employee involvement in operational excellence in manufacturing. Employees participate in team activities that engage them to identify problems and implement solutions that improve our operations.
Ethics Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week The Ethics Hotline is available for employees to anonymously report unethical business practices, including violations of the Company’s Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct.
Just Ask 24 hours a day, seven days a week Via online access, paper drop box or call in, employees can ask questions and/or offer suggestions concerning Southwire policies, procedures or practices.
External Stakeholders

Southwire’s external stakeholder engagement centers on employee involvement and membership in industry organizations and associations (see 102-13: Membership of associations, below) as well as various civic, environmental, health and safety organizations across our geographic footprint. Other key external stakeholder engagement opportunities include interactions with customers, suppliers and community members.

The table below shows the various methods we use to engage our external stakeholders; material sustainability topics and concerns raised link to Southwire’s management approach.

Stakeholder Group Approach & Frequency Purpose Topics & Concerns Raised
Customers
Ongoing:
  • Voice of the Customer survey
  • Satisfaction surveys
  • User forums
  • Trade shows
  • Scorecard reviews
  • Site visits
  • Customer Support Center hotline
  • Materiality assessment interviews
To better align our products and services to meet customer needs.
Suppliers
Ongoing:
  • Sustainability surveys
  • On-site audits
  • Meetings
  • Materiality assessment interviews
To best understand the risks and opportunities present throughout our value chain.
Shareholders and Board Members
Quarterly:
  • Board meetings
Every 3 years:
  • Materiality assessment interviews
To report progress on various metrics and targets, seek input and direction on key issues and address member questions and concerns
Regulators
Ongoing:
  • Pre-application meetings
  • Progress updates
  • Voluntary program audits
  • Compliance inspections and inquiries
To seek guidance on potential projects, report progress on activities and initiatives, pursue OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) certification and address potential compliance concerns and complaints
Industry Organizations (see memberships below)
Ongoing:
  • Product feedback requests
  • Apprentice training
To improve access and sustainability of products and services in the industry by:
  • Giving a voice to customers;
  • Increasing awareness of our sustainable innovations;
  • Assuring product safety and sustainability;
  • Sharing our expertise with policy makers; and to create a sustainable workforce by fostering the success of the next generation of contractors.
Community Members
(Carrollton,
Georgia area)
Annual:
  • Update meeting
Southwire’s CEO hosts more than 150 community and business leaders to discuss the company’s performance, future plans and community impact. This meeting enables the open exchange of questions, answers, thoughts and ideas between the community and Southwire leaders.
Community Members
Every 3 years:
  • Materiality assessment interviews
To understand Southwire’s greatest sustainability impacts, risks, and opportunities to make a positive impact.
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Southwire strongly supports and participates in industry associations that champion our key customers’ needs. Our engineers and leaders work to maintain and create our industry partnerships. As we engage our customers and other industry interest groups through these associations, we request feedback on our products’ performance and identify needs or gaps around products or services that may or may not exist.

Southwire has trained apprentices through partnerships with the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). In 2017, Southwire trained more than 2,000 apprentices through sessions at ETA and NECA. Through these associations, which provide access to young, less experienced electricians, Southwire will continue to create a sustainable workforce by fostering the success of the next generation of contractors.

We proudly participate in the following organizations:

Organization Southwire’s Current Involvement Southwire’s Previous Contributions
Aluminum Association
  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Building and Construction Committee
American Copper Council
  • Company Membership
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Member of U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 176
  • Chairman of ANSI C119 on high temperature operation of conductor connectors
ASTM International
  • Advise on standards creation for bare wire products in North America
  • Chairman of B01 Committee on Conductors
Canadian Standards Association
  • Participate in standards development for utility wire & cable products in Canada
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
  • Platinum Board Member
Copper Club
  • Board of Directors
Copper Development Association
  • Board of Directors
  • Wire and Cable Section Chair
Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standardization of the Nations of the Americas (CANENA)
  • THSC 20, Building Wire and Cable
  • THSC 20, Wire and Cable Test Methods
  • CSA
  • Type MC
  • President
Electrical Manufacturers’ Club
  • Board of Directors
Electrical Training Alliance (ETA)
(previously called NJATC)
  •  Platinum Training Partner
Electro Federation Canada
  • Board of Directors
EMerge Alliance
  • Help develop standards leading to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution in commercial buildings
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)
  • Platinum Level Sponsor
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Flexible Cord and Electrical Vehicle Committee
  • UL STP 62 Committee
  • Industrial Ethernet Committee
IEEE Industry Applications Society (IEEE/IAS)
  • Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC)
IEEE Power and Energy Society (IEEE/PES)
  • Overhead Lines Committee, Chair and multiple working groups
  • Substations Committee, multiple working groups
  • Contribute to the development of wire and cable system design for overhead lines and substations
  • Member of the Long Range Planning Board (LRP)
Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA)
  • President
  • North American cable manufacturers association writing standards for utility cable systems
Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC)
  • Chairs, Vice Chairs and Committee Members of multiple working groups
International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • Code Panelist for IAEI Section Meetings
International Cablemakers Federation
  • Vice President and Board of Directors
International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE)
  • Contributing Editor to the CIGRE international Overhead Lines book
  • Participate in multiple overhead and underground working groups developing recommended International Grid design practices
  • Convener of B2.04 WG on High Temperature Operation of Conductors
National Armored Cable Manufacturer’s Association
  • Association Chair
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • Premier Partner
National Electric Energy Testing
  • Founding Member
Research and Applications Center
  • Serve on both the Advisory Committee and Board
  • Advise and drive testing, research and development of application guides for utility power systems
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee
  • Codes and Standards Officer/Past Chair
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • NEC Code Making Panel Panelist
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation
North American Association of Utility Distributors (NAAUD)
  • Develop relationships between utility distributors and manufacturers
  • Chairman – Supplier Advisory Council
Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA)
  • Share current event topics relevant to public power entities in the Northwest
Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI)
  • Share industry best practices related to the plastics industry
  • Participate in standards development for conduit and underground task groups for conduit
Rocky Mountain Electrical League (RMEL)
  • Share current event topics relevant to the utility industry
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International
  • Cable Standards Committee
  • ISO TC22 SC3 WG4 USAG Automotive Electrical Cables Committee
Technical Subcommittee on Specialized Wiring Systems – C231(ICCM06)
  • CEC Task group on Application of Rule 4-006
UL
  • FUS Council
  • Standards Technical Panels (STP)
  • Chair, 3072 Standard Group
Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG)
  • Supplier Advisory Board Member
  • Share best supply channel practices pertaining to the utility industry
Utility Supply Management Association (USMA)
  • Supplier Advisory Board Member
  • Share best supply channel practices pertaining to the utility industry
Wire Association International (WAI)
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee Member
  • Vice Chair of the Membership Committee
  • Member of the Education Committee
  • Member of the Membership Committee
  • Previous WAI President, WAI First Vice President, Finance Committee Chairman
Western Mining Electrical Association (WMEA)
  • Member