Draper probably takes sustainability a bit more seriously than some because we have chosen to remain in the small east central Indiana town—Spiceland, Indiana—where it all started in 1902. When you are a long term part of a community, you understand the importance of each person and business working to sustain that community and, in turn, the global community as well.
That commitment manifests itself in three main areas:
- Responsibility to our employees: Throughout the company’s history, Draper has never laid off any employees. Our employees enjoy competitive wages and benefits, including profit sharing and a 401(k) plan with matching contributions. Draper also provides a generous group medical plan that includes an innovative free on-site primary care medical clinic and an award-winning wellness program.
- Responsibility to our community: Draper is a generous contributor to the local community and consistently supports the local United Way, Relay for Life and Dollars for Scholars campaigns. Other recent beneficiaries include the public library, volunteer fire department, community center, school corporation and youth organizations. Draper employees volunteer in many area organizations and make a visible impact on the community’s well-being.
- Responsibility to our environment: Draper continues to look forward to the needs of the future through environmentally-friendly products and operations.
Our Corporate Environmental Mission Statement
As a United States manufacturer of quality products for the architectural market for over 115 years, Draper is committed to providing products for the sustainable design market. As members of our local, state, and national community and as members of the U.S. Green Building Council, our company and our employees are striving to become more environmentally conscious by continuously upgrading our facilities to be more energy efficient, and by introducing “reduce, reuse and recycle” programs. We will continue to upgrade and design new products with these goals in mind.
We are recycling more than 84 tons of materials per month in nine categories. This figure continues to rise. We’ve also introduced programs for reusing wood and cardboard products, including hundreds of shipping pallets, skids, and shipping tubes. We are constantly seeking to increase the efficiency of our energy use.