Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship Quicklinks
Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability
Achievements and Awards
Community Building
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure


Corporate Citizenship

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) is a diversified manufacturing company with almost 100 years of history, comprised of over 875 decentralized businesses in over 50 countries with a wide variety of processes, products and people. ITW is committed to being a good corporate citizen and is prepared to meet the challenges of managing corporate citizenship throughout our diverse operations. The commitment begins with the men and women who make up the ITW workforce and extends to all of our stakeholders –– including our customers, investors, and communities.

ITW endeavors to comply with all applicable local, national and international laws, and regulations to ensure its employees can work safely and efficiently. Concurrently, ITW strives to be a good corporate citizen and places a great deal of emphasis on improving the communities in which our employees live and work. In addition, ITW is committed to environmental responsibility. Through ongoing process and product innovation, we aim to continually reduce our carbon footprint and minimize use of global resources.

We believe that these values of corporate citizenship and environmental responsibility are good for business by increasing efficiency, improving customer and employee satisfaction, and driving innovation.


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Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability

As a core business philosophy, ITW relies on its General Managers (GMs) to manage all aspects of their businesses. Safety and environmental issues are no exception. The ITW corporate office provides broad guidance to the GMs through the ITW Statement of Principles of Conduct, which includes sections on both environmental management and safety in the workplace. In addition, the corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) group, provides a number of policies, tools and programs to help management ensure compliance with these broad directives.

This Includes:

  • Environmental and Safety and Sustainability Policies
  • Formal Audit Compliance Program
  • Facility Compliance Reviews
  • Divisional Compliance Audits
  • Due Diligence for Acquisitions
  • Due Diligence Follow-Up
  • Self-Inspections
  • Outside Consultants
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  • Formal Certification Programs
  • Formal Certification Programs

This information is communicated to the business units a number of ways, including: the ITW Environmental Health and Safety and the ITW Sustainability intranet sites, executive vice president notices, third-party newsletters, ITW environmental and safety help line, presentations, regular safety meetings, and various internal reports.

For example, the ITW Environmental Health and Safety and the ITW Sustainability intranet sites are key means of communicating with a large number of ITW business units located in diverse geographical locations. These intranet sites are secure web sites that can be accessed from any computer at an ITW business unit with internet capabilities. Currently over 1000 ITW users worldwide regularly access the sites for environmental and safety information and guidance. The ITW Environmental Health and Safety site contains content on both domestic and international safety and environmental regulatory programs, sample written Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) required plans, checklists for compliance inspections, updates on new regulations, responses to frequently asked questions, an area for business units to pose questions to the corporate EHSS group, a recommended practices area, and links to government, environmental and OSHA agencies and other resources. In addition the ITW Sustainability intranet site allows access to current information on trends in sustainable product design, energy reduction and greenhouse gas emissions regulations. In addition to a place to post questions, users are able to create discussion boards to discuss sustainability related issues, projects and programs.

Achievements and Awards

Illinois Tool Works: 2008 Keep America Beautiful, Inc.'s Vision for America Award

Keep America Beautiful, Inc. is the nation's largest nonprofit community improvement organization. The award cited ITW's many recycling programs, its enthusiasm for volunteer work and its financial support of environmental organizations. It also saluted ITW's commitment to minimal packaging solutions offered to customers and businesses to protect the environment by reducing packaging waste and material recycling and reuse.


Food Equipment Group (FEG):2009 Energy Star Partner of the Year

Hobart, Stero, Traulsen, Vulcan, and Wittco are some of the brands that make up ITW FEG. Each of these businesses designs and manufactures commercial foodservice equipment. ITW FEG offers 381 ENERGY STAR qualified products, a 56% increase over its 2008 ENERGY STAR product offerings earning them their second consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award.

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Community Building

Moving beyond its customers, ITW is committed to reaching out to and strengthening the communities it serves through: The ITW Foundation, Senior Outreach, United Way and Junior Achievement, among other local initiatives.

The ITW Foundation
The ITW Foundation provides financial support to a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations. Our direct-giving program channels donations from our people to hundreds of organizations we support. We offer a three-for-one matching gift program that matches up to $5,000 in donations for a total of $15,000 match per person. The Foundation has supported cultural institutions, contributed to capital campaigns for large medical centers and environmental organizations. In 2008, the ITW Foundation donated nearly $14 million to many worthwhile causes.

Senior Outreach
The ITW Senior Outreach program provides our retirees with valuable opportunities to stay involved in their neighborhoods, offering their time and talents in meaningful ways. In 2008, ITW retiree volunteers gave more than 325 hours of service to local not-for-profit health and human services organizations.

United Way
United Way is ITW's charity of choice. Donations to United Way have supported a wide variety of humanitarian efforts. By partnering with United Way, these dollars go further and have a greater impact in our communities. In 2008, ITW employees and retirees donated $9.5 million to United Way chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, the retirees who participated in the Senior Outreach program raised over $100,000 for this worthy organization.

Junior Achievement
ITW believes the future lies with America's youth. For over 15 years, ITW has actively participated in Junior Achievement programs, providing basic economic and business classes. In 2008, countless ITW employees volunteered to teach Junior Achievement classes around the country to help prepare today's youth for the future workforce. The 2008 ITW Bowl-A-Thon raised $450,000 to fund Junior Achievement programs nationwide.

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California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure

The ITW Principles of Conduct mandate compliance with human rights requirements around the globe, including environmental, health and safety laws that protect the well-being of employees, and laws against slavery, human trafficking and child labor. Our businesses around the globe are responsible for conducting their operations in compliance with these laws, and we expect our suppliers to comply with these laws as well. Consistent with our decentralized operating structure, our individual businesses make their own determination as to what extent they: (i) engage in verification of their product supply chain to evaluate and address human trafficking and slavery risks and whether such verification is conducted by a third party, (ii) conduct supplier audits to evaluate whether suppliers comply with ITW's policy to comply with laws against human trafficking and slavery and whether those audits are independent, unannounced audits, (iii) require a direct supplier to certify that materials incorporated in ITW's products comply with laws regarding human trafficking and slavery of the country or countries where the supplier does business, (iv) maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for ITW employees or contractors failing to comply with ITW's policies regarding human trafficking and slavery, and (v) provide training on slavery and human trafficking, particularly with respect to mitigating slavery and trafficking risks in supply chains, to employees and management with direct responsibility for supply chain management. Other than as stated above, ITW does not have a policy that specifically addresses the matters described in (i) through (v) above.

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