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Corporate Responsibility

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As Canada’s leading steelmaker, Dofasco recognizes its responsibility to employees, the environment and the communities in which it operates. This isn’t a new notion, ArcelorMittal Dofasco has always invested in its people, and the company’s motto Our Product is Steel. Our Strength is People.® extends to the local community. To help support Hamilton and its people, Dofasco invests approximately $2 million in non-profit organizations annually.

Each year, Dofasco’s investment committee selects causes to support. Through our Corporate Community Investment Fund, the team focuses on arts and culture; education; environment and conservation; health and human services; and sports and recreation. Dofasco has made major capital investments in: Art Gallery of Hamilton, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Royal Botanical Gardens, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way of Greater Hamilton and Burlington and YWCA. Each of these community partners is chosen for their dedication to helping the region and its residents grow.     

To cultivate the next generation of steelmakers, Dofasco also invests in education, supporting local schools and universities such as Mohawk College and McMaster University. These institutions help Dofasco develop new steel products as well as train its future workforce.

It is not only the company that funds local initiatives, Dofasco employees are also known for their generosity. Since WWII, Dofasco employees have donated a portion of their paycheck through the Employee Donation Fund to local causes, raising an impressive $40 million over 70 years.

Many of these employees also attend the local sports and charity events that are part of Hamilton’s DNA. Thousands of residents turn up to participate in the annual Around the Bay Road Race, the Burlington Sound of Music Festival and Hamilton’s Super Crawl art fair, all of which are sponsored by Dofasco. Attendees can often spot Dofasco’s bright orange banners and volunteers on these occasions.

Although funding new programs and sponsoring events are important to Dofasco’s corporate responsibility commitment, employees also offer their time, donate resources and lend expertise to help local initiatives. Demonstrating versatility, Team Orange volunteers have staffed race booths, built homes and managed food drives. Many members of Dofasco’s workforce also sit on local boards, offering advice and organizing community programs.

Dozens of these sports and education events take place at Dofasco’s onsite F.H. Sherman Recreation Centre. Extensive summer and winter programs are designed to keep Hamilton healthy and entertained with fitness classes, team sports, ice skating competitions and wellness workshops. Whether attending a sports game, learning about healthy lifestyle choices or starting a new hobby, the centre welcomes thousands of Hamiltonians each year.