Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019) :
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco directs community support through a corporate Community Investment Fund and a longstanding Employee Donations Fund (which has raised over $40 million over the course of its 70-year history) -- employees also volunteer for numerous community initiatives every year through the Team Orange volunteer program
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco supports long-term personal and professional development through generous tuition subsidies (up to $24,000) for courses both related and unrelated to an employees' current position, and offers academic scholarships for children of employees who wish to pursue post-secondary education (up to $2,500 per child)
ArcelorMittal Dofasco galvanizes a sustainable future
Among his varied roles at ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P., Richard Do Couto oversees the programs of Team Orange, the Hamilton, Ont., steelmaker's corps of dedicated volunteers. In addition to fundraising for varied causes, they can be counted on to roll up their orange shirtsleeves and lend their time and talents to a wide range of initiatives, whether making over community parks, mentoring students or collaborating with non-profit groups on key issues.
And the volunteers aren't all current employees, says Do Couto, Specialist, Corporate Responsibility. On a recent autumn weekend, he joined 40 others planting native tree species to help restore a local habitat. Among them, he says, were the workers' families, retirees and even former interns and co-op students now employed elsewhere.
"They all came out because they understand what we're trying to achieve and want to be part of it," says Do Couto. "They appreciate that we're embracing sustainable development along a continuum that includes not only our products and our organization, but our community and environment."
Overall, the company's Employee Donations Fund contributed nearly $500,000 to local causes in 2017, including $74,000 from Team Orange. While President & CEO Sean Donnelly says he's proud of his employees' community-minded spirit he's not really surprised. "Right from the start, Dofasco was a different kind of company, one that cared immensely for its people and for the community in which it operates," he explains.
Founded in 1912, Dofasco is Hamilton's largest private-sector employer, with nearly 5,000 employees shipping 4.1 tonnes of flat carbon steel annually. Through research and development (R&D) and working with its customers, the company invests in continuous product innovation. "We make over 100 different grades of steel for some 200 customers and 25 per cent of those grades of steel were not available 10 years ago," says Do Couto.
After a series of acquisitions in the early 2000s, Dofasco emerged as an integral part of ArcelorMittal group, the world's largest steel and mining company with 200,000 employees in 60 countries. Dofasco's R&D centre is one of 12 the group operates in Europe and the Americas. The 700-acre Hamilton site also features an ArcelorMittal University Regional Campus. Serving all of North America, it is one of just three such global facilities.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco operates according to a framework known as 10 Sustainable Development Outcomes. It outlines how the company can contribute to a more sustainable future in 10 key areas, from how it uses resources and makes steel to supporting its people and the communities where they live and work.
Donnelly says all 10 can impact employees, but the first, "safe quality working lives for our people," is particularly important. "Nearly 50 years ago, Dofasco launched its well-known tag line 'Our product is steel. Our strength is people'," he says. "That belief remains front and centre to everything we do because people are truly our competitive advantage."
They work in over 70 different careers in three primary streams: skilled trades, operations, and professional and technical. Dofasco offers competitive compensation and benefits, including generous tuition subsidies for courses related or unrelated to an employee's current position. The on-site university, for instance, offers programs ranging from metallurgy to first aid.
Do Couto, who's taken a number of courses there, says he appreciates the opportunities Dofasco offers for both professional and personal development. Just as important to his job satisfaction, he says, is the culture of ownership so evident among his co-workers.
"There may be 5,000 people here," he adds, "but it feels like a family business where people feel they have a stake in everybody doing well."