Supporting Our Employees and Our Communities

As the leading producer of flat-rolled steel in North America, Cleveland-Cliffs is a major employer and an engaged partner in the communities where we operate. We are focused on providing a safe work environment and quality jobs for our employees, and we partner with stakeholders who live and work around our facilities to support healthy, vibrant communities.

Stories of Impact

Ensuring Employee Health & Safety

We strive every day to provide safe and well-maintained work environments for our employees, contractors, and visitors. Safe production is our primary core value as we continue toward achieving a zero-injury culture at our facilities. Our Health & Safety program prioritizes:

  • Monitoring and measuring our safety performance
  • Investigating incidents and implementing corrective actions
  • Sharing best practices and learnings to create opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Engaging with employees at all levels of the organization, from leadership to the shop floor
  • Benchmarking within our organization and against established industry standards

Employee & Union Engagement

Our employees are one of our most important assets, and engaged employees make our company better. We are helping to build a thriving middle-class rooted in a strong manufacturing economy. More than 70% of our workforce is represented by labor unions, our business partners in accomplishing our shared goals.

We prioritize consistent, two-way communication with our employees and union partners. Our primary goal is to ensure the security of our employees through strong compensation and solid benefits that allow our people to have successful careers and provide for their families. We achieve this goal through employee empowerment and engagement, strong partnerships with our unions, and positive workplace culture.


Union Membership

  • Union Members: 72%
  • Non-union: 28%

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Cleveland-Cliffs, we aim to create a workplace that allows employees to thrive and grow both personally and professionally by providing opportunities for training and development.

We publicly acknowledge this commitment with our Code of Business Conduct statement affirming that we do not make employment-related decisions or discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, gender, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Moreover, we do not tolerate any form of harassment or intimidation in the workplace, especially actions directed at those in a protected or underrepresented class.

With our new footprint covering more than 40 operating locations in a range of urban to rural areas, Cleveland-Cliffs sees new opportunities to embrace diversity and inclusion.

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation was established in 1962 and has been a dedicated resource for charitable giving activities in the United States for over 50 years.

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation strives to have a positive impact in the areas where Cleveland-Cliffs operates by partnering with and investing in non-profit organizations that enhance educational opportunities, protect and improve the environment, promote human health, and support vibrant communities.

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At Cleveland-Cliffs, we are committed to the communities where we operate. We know that the support of our host communities has been critical to Cleveland-Cliffs’ success throughout the company’s long history and we don’t take for granted the privilege of operating in these areas. That is why we seek to give back – as a company and through the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation – with the investment of time and resources in the programs and people that make these great places to live, work, and play.

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