Koch Companies Awards and Recognition

From January 2009 to present, Koch companies around the globe have earned 924 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.

A complete list of awards is here.

“Koch Industries is one of the most diverse companies in the world, with an array of operational challenges. From ranching to refining, each day employees apply a steadfast commitment to operate safely, remain compliant, improve environmental performance and meet customers’ needs. It’s easy to say you are committed to excellence, but the facts demonstrate our employees have many accomplishments they can be proud of when it comes to performance.” Jim Mahoney, executive vice president for operations excellence and compliance.

Accomplishments include operating safely, and in ways that reduce energy use and conserve natural resources:
  • Georgia-Pacific's cellulose mill in Brunswick, Georgia, received the 2013 Leadership in Sustainability Water Award for its water use reduction program from the American Forest & Paper Association. In 2012, GP received the Leaders in Sustainability award from AF&PA for its comprehensive energy management program to reduce energy intensity at its manufacturing operations. The awards are part of the organization's Better Practices Better Plant 2020 program. 
  • Since 2009, the outstanding safety record of Flint Hills Resources’ terminals group has been recognized by the International Liquid Terminals Association with four Safety Excellence Awards and a Platinum Safety Award, its highest honor.
  • Georgia-Pacific, INVISTA, Koch Fertilizer and Koch Sulfur Products Co., have each received numerous awards for safe shipping by rail, including the Pinnacle Award from Union Pacific Railroad, Chemical Safety Excellence Award from CSX Transportation and the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award from Norfolk Southern. INVISTA and Koch Fertilizer have also each received the Grand Slam Award, the highest safety award given by the Association of American Railroads for safe shipping practices.
  • INVISTA’s TORZEN Marathon™ product received the Technology Innovation Award 2014 from Ringier Trade media. The Ringier awards are regarded as one of China’s most prestigious annual awards recognizing innovative products, technologies or processes in the manufacturing industry.
  • Georgia-Pacific received the Corporate Partner of the Year award from the University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business, recognizing its commitment and efforts to providing opportunities for the students to achieve greater success.
  • Koch Industries' support for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters was recognized in 2013 with the Top Companies with Employee Bigs, Top Corporate Partner and Top 5 Bowl for Kids Sake Company Fundraiser. It also received the Outstanding Corporation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for its philanthropy and community involvement.
  • Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. received the Distinguished Award for Outstanding Safety and Environmental Performance from the American Petroleum Institute in 2011 and 2012. The award is the organization’s highest award. It also received API’s Environmental Performance Award for three consecutive years: 2011, 2012 and 2013. 
  • Habitat conservation and environmental education programs at 10 Koch companies' sites have received Wildlife Habitat Council certification for demonstrated and continued commitment to environmental stewardship and education. Flint Hills Resources - Rosemount, Minnesota, and Corpus Christi, Texas; INVISTA - Camden, South Carolina, Victoria, Texas and Waynesboro, Virginia; Georgia-Pacific - New Augusta and Monticello, Mississippi, Big Island, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia; and Matador Cattle Co. Beaverhead Ranch, Dillon, Montana. 
  • Land stewardship practices at Matador Ranch, in West Texas, have been honored with a regional Environmental Stewardship Award sponsored by the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Dow AgroSciences, National Cattlemen’s Foundation and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
  • Koch Industries' conservation program at its Wichita, Kansas, headquarters has resulted in a reduction in water use and community air emissions, as well as increased recycling. The company received the Clean Air and Sustainability Award from the City of Wichita for its stewardship efforts.