Corporate Responsibility

We are proactive in addressing the substantial shift to more environmentally sustainable products in our industry. As a result, we have been awarded the silver medal by EcoVadis, recognizing our purpose-driven actions and positive impacts toward sustainability.

Behind the Yale® brand is the strength of an industry leader

Yale Materials Handling Corporation is part of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. ("Hyster-Yale") a publicly traded company based in the United States. Hyster Company/Yale Lift Truck Technologies is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY) which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and operates globally.

We run our business with a long-term view, and we have established goals and strategic initiatives to help us achieve our long-term business objectives. Built into our strategic initiatives, and underlying our overall strategic planning process, is a broad program designed to ensure strong corporate responsibility. We believe that by embracing social, environmental, and economic health in every part of our organization, we are serving the long-term best interests of the Company and our shareholders while helping contribute to solving challenges that impact our customers and our communities.

This report describes Hyster-Yale's commitment to promote a culture of corporate responsibility throughout our company and the product value chain as we strive towards our 2026 Vision.

Corporate Responsibility Report


Effective January 1, 2012, California Senate Bill 657, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (S.B. 657), requires companies doing business in California to disclose what efforts, if any, they are taking to eliminate human trafficking and slavery from their supply chains. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. strongly supports this law and takes multiple steps to ensure that we are in compliance with this law.

What does Hyster-Yale do to evaluate and address the risks of human trafficking and slavery?

Hyster-Yale is concerned about the risk of engaging vendors who may be involved in human trafficking and slavery. Hyster-Yale provides its employees with training so that they can recognize red flags and know when and how to address potential violations of the law.

Do you conduct audits of suppliers to evaluate compliance?

While Hyster-Yale does not conduct a physical audit of each of our supplier locations, we do train our employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking and slavery. If an employee encounters a suspicious situation, HYSTER-YALE will investigate to ensure that our business is conducted ethically and within the law.

Do you direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into our products comply with the law regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they do business?

We require our suppliers to comply with our Business Partner Code of Conduct in which we clearly indicate that the supplier is required to follow the law with regard to slavery and human trafficking. HYSTER-YALE requires, in all vendor contracts, that the supplier certify it is operating within the law in the countries in which they operate.

What do you do to maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors’ facilities to meet company standards regarding slavery and human trafficking?

All employees are required to take Code of Conduct training on an annual basis. Human trafficking and slavery are against the law, and against our Code of Conduct. Hyster-Yale does not tolerate violation of the law, or violation of our Code of Conduct and disciplinary action will be brought. For employees, this could include termination of employment. For contractors, this could include termination of the relationship.

What does Hyster-Yale do with regard to training of employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chain of products?

Key management personnel within our procurement groups are trained about human trafficking and slavery. In turn, these key personnel become trainers for the rest of our procurement employees.

To view the final report from the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force, please click here.  


To view Hyster-Yale's Conflict Minerals Report, please click here.