Over the past several years, we have experienced tremendous growth and widely expanded our global footprint. Our expansion brings new challenges and new opportunities, including an expectation of uncompromising integrity in our business dealings and conduct toward one another. Our commitment to operating in accordance with the highest ethical standards dates back to the founding of the Company and has earned Cliffs a reputation for fairness, trust and honesty across the globe.
We also believe that the heart of sustainable business practices is earning and maintaining our social license to operate. Building a legacy of environmental stewardship and community relations, Cliffs is continuing to drive sustainability into our business plans, processes and systems. We recognize the extraction and processing of mineral resources must be accomplished in a responsible manner that minimizes impacts on the environment and community. The Company’s continued success will depend on our ability to adhere to these sustainable practices throughout our business.