Helping People Is a Core Value at Gevo

We are out to change paradigms of what is possible by establishing equitable value chains that solve problems impacting all of us. Everyone benefits. We intend to make the world a better place by catalyzing change in agricultural systems, making them more sustainable and profitable, benefiting people as well as strengthening the food supply chain. Every time we deploy a plant, we expect to be deploying renewable energy, building the infrastructure to help decarbonize our world.

We expect to deploy our first plant, Net-Zero 1, in rural America, in Lake Preston, South Dakota. This plant is expected to create hundreds of good paying temporary jobs during construction as well as permanent, meaningful jobs that should catalyze improvements in rural life. It should help create new opportunities for the young and old alike. It should create reasons for people to migrate to the area.

Gevo’s employees know in their hearts that we, collectively, and individually, can make a difference. They see the technologies and the business system, and recognize it is doable and practical. It is a mission that matters.

Because of the clarity of mission and the impact each person can make, Gevo has been able to assemble an incredible team of people, ranging from scientists, many types of engineers, to operators, business, and marketing people, to accountants and financial experts, to some of the most advanced thinkers in the fields of life-cycle and carbon accounting and management. We have smart people who can come up with ideas and solve problems in the pursuit of net-zero, sustainability, and improving the economic conditions for everyone across the value chain. We are working with the farmers who are stewards of the land, nurturing their seeds into plants and crops that feed the world and our processes simultaneously while utilizing responsible agricultural practices. We believe we can set up a system with the virtuous cycle of producing food products and the raw materials for food, all while capturing carbon and improving the sustainability footprint of agriculture.

People make the difference—we are a community within our company. We strive to maintain a safe, healthy, and stimulating team environment where people are treated with fairness and respect and work to achieve Gevo’s mission.

Gevo Built Its Culture Around People

Gevo employees are specialists with highly technical skillsets. We’ve taken extra steps to ensure that every member of the Gevo team understands how their work fits into the corporate mission and achievement of corporate goals. Our employees are inspired to make the world a better place by commercializing groundbreaking sustainable transportation fuels that drive down our customers’ carbon intensity, all the while contributing protein to the food chain. We believe in being a strong partner and creating value for stockholders, customers, suppliers, employees, and the local communities where we operate. To that end, we ensure equitable sharing of information, educating people on our plans, and making sure stakeholders and partners benefit.

Our culture embraces and creates change, and we’ve employed people who know how to grow a business: growing our operations from a small development plant into plans for facilities capable of meeting the demand of a billion gallons per year of renewable fuels. We locate our facilities close to farmers who grow our raw materials—our key allies who use regenerative techniques that improve soil carbon capture and help their farms to thrive. When farmers succeed, rural communities are strengthened and can enjoy local economic growth and the better quality of life that comes with it, all while helping to combat climate change.

Gevo Values and Cultural Branding

Our standards of conduct, governing principles, operational policies, and compensation philosophy promote a positive workplace for all Gevo employees. Gevo’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics guides us to maintain a professional workplace built on ethical practices, integrity, and respectful relationships with our coworkers, investors, contractors, farmers, neighbors, regulators, and other stakeholders.

Rural communities are integral to our nation’s economy, culture, history, and ecological health—and are critical to building a clean-energy future for the world. Gevo recognizes that our great agricultural sector has a major role to play in the transition to abundant and reliable non-fossil energy resources. Long seen as a home for wind and solar development, rural areas have always had huge potential. Gevo knows that the farms where crops are grown can ensure more sustainable transportation for everyone and believes these communities should share in the benefits of clean energy production and development. With our Net-Zero 1 Project, we expect to continue to invest significantly in rural areas located in the midwestern U.S. to create competitive paying jobs and help to improve local communities.

Gevo’s Volunteer Program—Building Partnerships

In 2021 Gevo developed the ‘Fueling the Community’ program—a volunteer program to inspire team members to join with their favorite nonprofits and build partnerships the best way we know how: by working side by side with good people who give their time to strengthen the communities where we live and work. The Fueling the Community program provides staff with up to 16 hours of paid vacation time per year for their volunteer efforts.

At Gevo, Safety Comes First—Always

We are committed to an injury- and incident-free workplace. We believe all injuries are preventable, and that the health and safety of our employees is critical to Gevo’s long-term success. Our safety manuals, programs, policies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and training provide employees with the resources they need to work safely. While human capital is the responsibility of the Chief People Officer, safety is also a core value at Gevo.

Also, the President and COO has executive responsibility for GEVO’s health and safety programs, and delegate to plant leaders the task of championing and ensuring safe operating practices at each site. They are responsible for promoting and maintaining compliance, setting guidelines for inspections, managing risk, and fostering a culture of safety across our divisions. Safety training is performed through multiple platforms, including webinars, classroom settings, field onsite forums, and “toolbox talks” to promote a culture of safety awareness and improvement. We believe that safety requires risk assessment skills, a willingness to modify unsafe behavior, appropriate attention to housekeeping, open communication, personal accountability, ownership, and a collective commitment by every member of the organization. Gevo’s safety culture relies on proactive and frequent inspection visits and, equally important, the documentation and sharing of inspection outcomes. Employees are trained in both safe work practices and safety mitigation measures.

We are uncompromising in our commitment to the health and safety of our employees, our contractors and the community in which we reside. Below, we include information regarding our commitment and oversight of safety, required training, and safety policies and procedures in place.

Commitment to Workplace Health: We strive to comply with all health and safety laws and regulations that apply to our business. We provide safety orientation and training for new employees and periodic refresher training as required by laws and regulations. Gevo assesses operational risk daily to ensure compliance with these safety laws. Through the cooperative efforts of all team members and leadership, we strive to create an incident and injury-free environment.

Safeguarding People, Property, and the Environment: Safety is our number one priority at Gevo. We’re dedicated to protecting public health and environmental quality, as well as the health and safety of our employees, customers, and neighbors. Any workplace injury, accident, or illness must be reported to the employee’s supervisor as soon as possible. Employees acknowledge that they understand these requirements when they sign for receipt of their employee handbook and for certification of the Code, which states their responsibility to protect the health and safety of Gevo employees. Gevo currently olds Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification, and hopes to explore certification for our future facilities, which will cover environmental controls, good practices, health and safety, labor rights, and stakeholder relationships.

Behavior-Based Safety: To prevent injuries and incidents, we instill a culture of, “People care about my safety.” At our existing production facilities, we follow a safety-behavior roadmap focused on behavior-based safety (BBS) and employee participation. Our best-practices approach includes monthly safety training, developing critical safety skills like peer-to-peer feedback, conducting weekly BBS observations with feedback, and treating near-misses as an opportunity to learn and improve. Any employee can stop work when they believe it cannot be completed safely, and request help in developing a solution to work safely. We track both leading and lagging indicators to measure our performance as we work toward zero lost-time incidents and one or fewer recordable injuries in a year.

Process Safety: In addition to procedures set up to safeguard our staff at the Englewood, Colorado laboratory, our existing production and fermentation facilities adhere to a process safety management (PSM) program to safeguard employees, contractors, and our neighbors by preventing the release of toxic and flammable chemicals. The program complies with U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and covers process safety information like Safety Data Sheets (SDS), process hazard analysis, operating procedures, training, and operations and maintenance procedures to prevent releases.

Emergency Preparedness and Response: If an emergency occurs, our primary concern is to prevent or minimize personal injury and damage to property and the environment. Our emergency action plan details roles and responsibilities, communication procedures, and response procedures for a wide range of emergency situations. We review emergency procedures with all new hires and job transfers and stay prepared by conducting simulated drills at least annually at production facilities. Supervisors are trained in emergency response techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Employees are trained in proper fire extinguisher use and evacuation procedures with the assistance of local first responders.