Corporate Social Responsibility

GMS is a leading North American specialty distributor of interior building products. Our product offering of wallboard, ceilings, and interior construction products serves the needs of commercial and residential contractors.


Human Rights

GMS is committed to fostering a safe and respectful workplace, where the ethical treatment of people is essential to maintaining our culture. Our position on human rights applies to GMS and all of our subsidiaries. We fully understand that we have a joint responsibility with our partners throughout the supply chain, to work together to support Human Rights.

We Value Diversity

At GMS, every person is important and as such, we seek to foster a workplace that embraces differences in viewpoints, cultures, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, identity, and expression. We strive to protect the rights of women and minorities (indigenous and otherwise). Our differences can help make us a stronger team and the diversity in our opinions and ideas makes us better able to serve our customers.

We Value Heath and Safety

Providing a safe work environment for our employees, vendors, and customers is a primary mission for all of us at GMS, as well as our family of companies. We abide by all safety requirements and regulations and endeavor to eliminate unsafe conditions and minimize related risks by identifying and supporting safe work practices, promoting safety awareness, furnishing protective equipment, and providing employee training and education.

We work together to protect our employees and customers by promoting a culture of shared responsibility with collaborative program development, best practices, and the open exchange of suggestions, ideas, and concerns. In all instances, we do not tolerate child or forced labor.

We Value the Community and Stakeholder Engagement

The local communities where we live and work are important to us because, at GMS, every person is important. We pursue environmentally sound business practices and beyond complying with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmental standards and guidelines, we seek to lead in a responsible and sustainable manner.

We Value Respectful Relationships

All employees, customers, vendors and business associates are to be treated with courtesy and respect at all times. Conduct that threatens, intimidates or coerces another associate, customer, vendor or business associate will not be tolerated. Conduct that fails to show appropriate respect to others, including employees, customers, vendors, and business associates, violates the Company's values and Code of Ethics.


Environmental Responsibility

GMS is committed to conducting business in a manner that seeks to protect the environment through compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and is committed to pursuing a policy of continuous improvement to minimize the environmental impact of our business operations. Our environmental responsibility policy applies to GMS and all of our subsidiaries, regardless of location. Furthermore, we fully understand that while we are not the manufacturer of any of the products in our portfolio, we feel we have a joint responsibility with our manufacturing and other partners throughout the supply chain network to work together to minimize the environmental impact of our business operations.

Central to our policy are the following objectives:

  • Monitor the effects of our directly-controlled activities and seek to minimize any adverse impact upon our environment.

  • Communicate our environmental objectives, goals and performance both within the company, to promote individual good practice and to ensure that staff awareness of environmental issues is maintained, and outside of our business to our supply chain partners and beyond.

  • Wherever possible and practical, give preference to environmentally aware and proficient suppliers.

  • Continuously improve our environmental performance and wherever possible integrate recognized environmental management best practice into all of our business operations, including:

    • Minimizing waste and ensuring that there is effective control, which promotes recycling where possible and provides responsible disposal, particularly with regard to hazardous wastes.

    • Giving due consideration to environmental issues and energy performance in all our commercial activities, including facilities, transportation and equipment decisions.

    • Encouraging our employees to consider environmental responsibilities and to integrate these considerations into relevant business operations.

  • Comply with current relevant environmental legislation, allocating the necessary resources to do so, and beyond this to adopt a best-practice approach to improving our processes in order to lessen our overall environmental impact.


Employee Responsibility

Since our founding in 1971, GMS and it's subsidiary companies have always believed in helping employees and their families in time of need. To this point, in September of 2017, the GMS Family Fund was created. GMS Family Fund, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization that GMS employees and other parties can donate to in order to support fellow employees in times of need.

The fund is available to any eligible GMS employee who has been affected by an unexpected event that directly affects the employee or an immediate family member, causing financial distress to the employee.

Already, the fund has assisted families affected by Hurricane's Harvey and Irma in Fall of 2017, as well as GMS employees who have encountered hardships due to medical issues.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.gmsfamilyfund.org.