Vulcan’s commitment to our people has played a key role in the ongoing success and growth of our company throughout our long history. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of mutual respect, integrity, teamwork and trust among the more than 8,700 members of the Vulcan family.

 

2020 Highlights

We responded quickly to the COVID-19 crisis. As an “essential business,” we kept our operations running and our people working safely, whether they were wearing personal protective equipment and maintaining proper social distance while working at our operations to provide critical infrastructure construction materials, or working remotely in our functional support groups. We made the decision early in the pandemic, before federal action was taken, to provide a minimum of 80 hours of COVID-19 paid leave for people who were diagnosed with the virus or exposed and needing to quarantine, and to those taking care of a loved one with the illness. We also stepped up communications to keep our employees and stakeholders informed on the business, and introduced a new digital customer platform that limited the need for person-to-person contact.

We continued to build on our commitment to justice, fairness and equality. The Diversity & Inclusion Council spearheaded important employee training programs and launched a new inclusivity training initiative for employees in 2021. We also developed Diversity & Inclusion Councils at our domestic operating divisions to further build local ownership throughout our organization. During 2020, we continued our long-term partnership with select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This initiative supports future leaders in our communities and provides additional opportunities to add talent and diversity across the company. We know that a diverse and inclusive workplace creates a more positive work environment and further strengthens our healthy culture.

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Califonia

Pleasanton

Western

We strive for a more diverse and inclusive workforce. While we have made progress, we have more work to do. We believe that our continued investment in people and our strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will help us attract, grow and retain the best talent possible.

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Building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

At Vulcan, we value the unique backgrounds and experiences of each of our employees. We treat people fairly and with respect. We strive to maintain an environment that encourages our people to develop their talents, exercise creativity and achieve superior performance. We create an environment that leverages different styles, ideas and perspectives for efficiency, productivity and innovation.

Since 2013, we have more than doubled the number of diverse Division and Corporate officers, as measured by race and ethnicity, and gender. In 2020, the Board approved revisions to underscore its commitment to actively seeking out diverse and experienced leaders with appropriate skills to oversee the management of our company. To that end, George Willis, who was added to our Board in 2020, has provided valuable perspective and experience and further contributes to an engaged and well-balanced Board. We also enhanced our diversity and inclusion reporting. Today, 36% of our Board of Directors are diverse and 37.2% of our workforce is diverse.

Vulcan is committed to justice, fairness, and equality for all. In 2015, we created Vulcan’s first Diversity & Inclusion Council, made of employees from across our footprint. The Council developed a five-year strategy to continue strengthening diversity and inclusion through recruiting, training and dialogue at Vulcan. An early project was the rollout of the Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Training across the Company. While we have made progress, we have more work to do. We believe that our continued investment in people and our strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will help us attract, grow and retain the best talent possible.

In 2019, Vulcan signed on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge to collectively take measurable action in advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We also forged a long-term partnership with select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to support the future leaders of our communities and our team. Through our partnership with HBCUs, students have had the opportunity to participate in pitch competitions built around the theme of infrastructure, innovation and inclusion. Winners receive scholarships and internship opportunities. These competitions support future leaders in our communities and serve as important touchpoints for Vulcan to increase student exposure to the Company and develop a talent pipeline of potential future Vulcan employees.

In early 2021, our Diversity & Inclusion Council launched the next iteration of employee training, the Inclusion Leadership Briefing, to help our people be consciously and deliberately inclusive while we work. We also developed Diversity & Inclusion Councils at our domestic operating divisions to further build local ownership throughout our organization.

We know that a diverse and inclusive workplace creates a more positive work environment and further strengthens our healthy culture. Ultimately, we believe that in sharing and exploring our different knowledge, skills, styles and ideas, we become a stronger and better company. Having a diverse and inclusive workplace creates a positive work, environment and a strong, healthy culture that enables us to attract, grow and retain the best talent, further enriching and developing our company and our people.

Fostering an Environment of Diversity and Inclusion

Workforce Racial/Ethnic Diversity (2020)

More than 50% of Salaried Employees are Women

Salaried Non-Exempt Employees by Gender (2020)

Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Building strategic partnerships with HBCUs funded through the Vulcan Foundation and company funds to recruit talented minority students for internships and management training roles across our company.

Preparing our future leaders

We are cultivating the next generation of leaders through our training and professional development programs.

36%

Diversity of Board of Directors

2020

37.2%

Workforce Diversity

2020

More than 2x

Increase in Division & Corporate Officer Diversity

Since 2013

36.5%

Diversity of New Hires

2020

526

Veterans Employed (Self-Identified)

2020

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$500,000

Grant to Support Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

 

California

Corona

Western

At the Corona Quarry, Earl Ochs, a 25-year Vulcan employee known as a safety superstar, has been mentoring Matias and vowed to teach him everything he knows about the business.

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We invest in the growth and development of our employees.

We support the growth of our people through supervisory, management and leadership development and mentoring programs, continuing education opportunities. We also encourage employee involvement in civic and charitable engagements that are personally enriching and are in many cases further supported by the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation.

We believe that lifelong learning and continuing education are essential and encourage our people to expand and explore their capabilities for continued growth and development. Our training and development programs encourage collaboration and enable people to innovate and flourish on the job and in the community.

In 2020, we accelerated deployment of a virtual learning platform for our robust employee training program to ensure we could continue building knowledge and skills while also protecting our people. We also established a web portal to keep our stakeholders informed on the business, and introduced a new digital customer platform that limited the need for person-to-person contact. We hosted regular employee virtual town halls and invited families to participate; provided updates throughout our organization so that employees were hearing regularly from the Company’s senior leadership, business unit leaders and their own supervisors; and we mailed communications and information on support resources directly to employee homes.

Our professional and personal growth initiatives include:

  • Providing a Tuition Reimbursement Program that pays up to 100% of tuition costs based on academic performance.
  • Encouraging personal and professional growth through a mentoring program, which has graduated more than 1,900 employees since 2005.
  • Preparing future senior-level leaders through our Leadership Development Program in partnership with the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Encouraging employees to be actively engaged in the civic life and affairs of their communities through service to charitable, civic and education organizations.

Our performance management process includes Quarterly Performance Dialogues for our salaried employees, Annual Performance Reviews for our hourly non-union employees, and a focus on behavior-based SMART goals review and refinement. This fosters a healthy culture of openness and ease of feedback that promotes both professional and personal development.

We have also expanded the scope of our programs to encompass the health of all of our people, not just those at our production operations. We believe that employee well-being is materially enhanced when everyone is given the opportunity to excel in every facet of their lives: physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Our assistance includes an Employee Assistance Program that offers coaching, behavioral and work-life support.

39% of Our Employees Have 10+ Years

Employees by Tenure (2020)

We Have a Strong, Multi-Generational Workforce

Employees by Age (2020)

Lifelong learning and continuing education

We encourage our people to expand and explore their capabilities for continued growth and development.

On the job and in the Community

Fred Cloninger has worked with us for 32 years. He’s a shop supervisor and the Mayor of Ellerbe, North Carolina.

8,765

Employees

2020

10.7

Years Average Tenure

2020

1,189

New Hires

2020

111,683

Employee Training Hours

2020

354

Interns Hired

2016-2020

143

Operations and Sales Trainees Hired

2016-2020

95%

401k Employee Participation Rate

2020

 

South Carolina

Lexington

Southeast

We hold all of our employees to the highest ethical standards. The Vulcan Code of Ethics and comprehensive Business Conduct Policy provide clear guidance for our employees.

Understanding and ensuring the fundamental rights of our people.

Vulcan has a longstanding commitment to the equitable and fair treatment of all people, respecting their dignity and fundamental rights regardless of race, gender, color or creed. We are dedicated to being a good global corporate citizen and to conducting day-to-day business in alignment with this commitment.

Our commitments to ensure the fundamental rights of our people include:

  • Maintaining a Fair Employment Policy that ensures equal employment opportunity and a discrimination-free workplace.
  • Supporting a self-represented work force and maintaining an open-door policy, encouraging employees to air any issues or grievances in order to resolve workplace disputes in a healthy and lawful fashion.
  • Respecting employees’ right to join labor organizations or to not join such organizations, and the freedom to bargain collectively as determined by employees, without coercion, interference, retaliation, or harassment, in compliance with all applicable laws. In instances where employees are represented by a legally recognized union, Vulcan bargains in good faith with union representatives and is committed to maintaining a constructive dialogue.

We hold all of our employees to the highest ethical standards. The Vulcan Code of Ethics and comprehensive Business Conduct Policy provide clear guidance for our employees.

Our key ethics policies and programs include:

  • Maintaining a Business Conduct Hotline to address any ethics complaints, whistleblower concerns or personnel issues where protection of confidentiality is an issue.
  • Requiring senior executives to complete the Company’s Business Conduct questionnaire every year.
  • Providing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) training for all employees, both domestic and international, and all consultants for the Company who deal with business matters in countries beyond the borders of the United States. Trainees must certify complete compliance with the law as set forth in the FCPA.
  • Maintaining a workplace free from violence, harassment, intimidation, and other unsafe or disruptive conditions due to internal and external threats.
  • Ensuring that all employees are able to work in an environment that is free from harassment, which is defined as any conduct that threatens, intimidates, or coerces another person. Vulcan does not tolerate harassment, whether committed by a coworker, a manager, or a non-employee.
  • Requiring employees at all locations and levels to avoid any act or actions, implied or explicit, that may suggest any form of harassment of any other person within the workplace. This includes their interactions with contractors, vendors, consultants, customers, and other non-employees such as visitors. See our Sexual Harassment Policy and Unlawful Harassment and Anti-Retaliation Policy.
  • Supporting mechanisms for employee grievances and resolution of disputes in a manner designed to protect employee privacy, allowing for anonymous reporting, and protecting the employee against retaliation.
  • Managing an Employee Assistance Fund (in partnership with the United Way) to help employees with special near-term financial needs as a result of natural disasters or family crisis.
  • Maintaining compliance with all applicable data privacy laws.
  • Responsibly collecting, processing, and transferring personal information in accordance with the principles and obligations set forth in the Company’s Privacy Policy, unless it conflicts with stricter requirements of local law, in which case local law will prevail.

Our people are proud of their company and of the jobs they do, as evidenced by the continued top rankings for employee satisfaction at Vulcan. Our culture is embodied in what we call The Vulcan Way, which calls on our people to do the right things, the right way at all times, working constructively in support of one another to fulfill the mission and values of the company. We believe that in this way we will continue the healthy growth of our business, while also being responsive to the needs of our many stakeholders.

Protecting Employee Privacy

We support mechanisms for employee grievances and dispute resolutions in a manner designed to protect employee privacy, allow for anonymous reporting, and protect the employee against retaliation.

Respecting People's Rights

We support a safe work environment that is free from harassment. Vulcan does not tolerate harassment, whether committed by a coworker, a manager, or a non-employee.

 

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Labor Day

This Labor Day weekend, let’s celebrate the incredible people in our growing Vulcan Family, our customers, and workers everywhere. Thank you! Be safe. Be Healthy.

Tennessee

Central Division

People

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Please join us in wishing a happy and peaceful retirement to Ms. Frances, who has been a pillar of our Hermitage Sign Shop in Tennessee since 1983. As one coworker said, “Ms. Frances has the biggest heart and has always given me a big smile and a hug every time I see her.” What’s next? Keeping her morning walk routine and travelling to see the world. Thank you Ms. Frances, you exemplify The Vulcan Way!

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Women in Engineering

In honor of International Women in Engineering Day, we’re excited to introduce you to Alex, Plant Supervisor at Augusta Quarry in Virginia. Growing up in a community that encouraged curious children and teens to advance their knowledge in STEM learning, Alex participated in robotic teams in high school, which solidified her interest in engineering. Alex took on a mining internship at Vulcan while studying mining and mineral engineering at Virginia Tech. She then became an Operations Management Trainee and has worked her way up to plant supervisor, growing as a leader and team member every step of the way. A big thank you to Alex and all women in engineering for their hard work and the inspiration they provide to young women everywhere.

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