Our Commitment


Trust and Grit

Jim Owens, President and CEO of H.B. Fuller.

At H.B. Fuller, we know that our company is best positioned for success when we win the right way – by creating sustainable solutions, taking care of our communities, and planning for the future. In 2020, our values were tested by a series of crises, and I am pleased to say that our team of more than 6,000 employees worldwide not only survived, we thrived.

Throughout the year, H.B. Fuller demonstrated the resilience of our employees and the trust we have in our teams to live our company values. As the COVID-19 pandemic grew, we acted quickly to, first, ensure the health and safety of our employees, and second, to put into place the tools and processes to continue to support our customers through the most challenging business environment in recent history.

We blazed ahead and found new and different ways to create safe workspaces for our people, reach customers, and maintain an effective global supply chain. At the same time, we also maintained our focus on community support and our sustainability commitments. (See External Recognition)

Early on in the pandemic, we pivoted our philanthropic agenda to find organizations and projects that would support relief efforts in hard- hit areas, like China, the Philippines, Brazil and India. Following the killing of George Floyd while in police custody and the subsequent civil unrest in H.B. Fuller’s world headquarters community, we acted quickly to create a new fund that supports programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, that aim to improve racial equity in the areas of employment, education and safety.

While those employees who could began to work from home, and at the time of publication, still do, our sites remained open throughout the year, manufacturing adhesives that are critical to human life. At each of our 71 sites globally, we continued to honor our sustainability commitment and innovate on behalf of customers producing medical devices, solar panels, electric vehicles, recyclable and compostable packaging and hygiene products, and energy-efficient buildings, to name a few.

We are proud of our long-standing commitment to global corporate responsibility, and 2020 marked another year where we worked hard to ensure our employees are proud to be a part of our team, customers are excited to work with us, communities trust our company and our employees, and shareholders feel rewarded by our progress.

Jim Owens
President and Chief Executive Officer

External Recognition 


CDP Driving Sustainable Economies

We have participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) supply chain program since 2013 to foster transparency in our markets and for our investors. Our CDP responses allow us to discuss our policies and activities on the topics of climate change and water. In 2020, we maintained our prior year’s climate change score of B (management level), higher than the Chemicals sector average of C, and improved our water response score to A- (leadership level).


csr ecovadis 2020 silver rating

We have completed the EcoVadis assessment every year since 2015, providing valuable information to our customers about our environmental, social, ethics and supply chain sustainable practices. In 2020, we received a Silver rating.


Responsible Care Logo

As a member of the American Chemistry Council, our North America sites have made a voluntary commitment to uphold the highest standards for protecting health and safety of our employees and the environment as a whole.

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