Empowering Our Employees, Connecting with Our Communities

We value the communities where we operate and their contributions to Cleveland-Cliffs. Through two-way dialogue, Cliffs can keep a pulse on what is important to our communities to ensure we act as a good neighbor. Through The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, we create tangible impact through strategic partnerships and significant financial support to like-minded organizations.

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

We continue to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at Cliffs. Through our OneCliffs Way of Doing Business, we outline our Core Values, which include Trust, Respect and Open Communication. To Cliffs, this means encouraging and accepting different views, and supporting and advancing gender and racial diversity. Further, we do not make employment-related decisions nor do we discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, mental or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We strive to make Cliffs a safe place to work for all. Harassment and/or intimidation are not tolerated anywhere in our Company, and we hope our people make a career at Cliffs doing meaningful and challenging work.

Cleveland-Cliffs is Official Steel Partner of Meyer Shank Racing

As the largest supplier of steel to North America’s automotive industry, it was only natural that Cleveland-Cliffs partner with IndyCar racing organization Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) as its official steel partner.  MSR, based in Cleveland-Cliffs’ home state of Ohio, boasts two championship drivers on its team – Four-Time Indianapolis 500 Winner Helio Castroneves, who drives the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda, and Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series Champion Simon Pagenaud, who drives the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. 

Additionally, Cleveland-Cliffs Tubular Components and MSR have been collaborating on leveraging the Company’s advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) tubing capabilities to MSR’s advantage.  For example,  the teams collaborated, designed and tested newer, lightweight steel shop exhaust mufflers for the MSR crew to use during vehicle maintenance (shown in inset above). 

Upcoming appearances for Meyer Shank Racing can be found at their official website.  Cleveland-Cliffs looks forward to a continued partnership of automotive performance, technological innovation and checkered flags!

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 60 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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