Social Responsibility   

At Federal Signal, we operate with the highest principles and deliver results through customer focus, innovation, continuous improvement, teamwork and investing in our people.  We do this not solely because it is good business, but because it is the right thing for our customers, employees, shareholders, and business partners. We employ more than 3,900 people throughout 20 principal manufacturing facilities in five countries around the world. We thoughtfully consider and continuously recognize the impact we make on the people of these communities and on the environment.

Our vision is to be indispensable to our customers by consistently delivering products of the highest quality available in the market, providing training that reflects the importance of the safety of our customers and end-users and that protects the environment, and developing innovative products that deliver unparalleled performance and support sustainable energy sources. Our goal is to accomplish these objectives in ways that deliver value to our customers and shareholders.

Our People

To our staff and our suppliers, we recognize the importance of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. We strive to make our workplace welcoming, and we have formal policies in place that codify that commitment:

We are proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer.



Federal Signal has a formal Health and Safety policy, as well as formal training and awareness-raising programs. Despite acquiring numerous businesses over the last several years, our enterprise-wide composite Total Case Incident Rate is consistent with that of our peers.

An enterprise-wide safety council meets regularly, and all manufacturing facilities file reports with OSHA that contain data on accident information and rates.






Community and Government Involvement

Federal Signal is part of many communities, and we value them all. We do our best to give back to our local communities through volunteering and philanthropic activities; we do our best to influence government regulation that promotes environmentally-beneficial practices and worker safety; we recognize that our products are the continuing face of the company, and we want them to make the world a cleaner and safer place.


Federal Signal Corporation seeks to support a variety of community and charitable organizations where our employees live and work. The Federal Signal Corporation Give Where You Live Matching Gift Program is designed to encourage employee charitable contributions through a Company match of all or a portion of employee donations to qualifying organizations

Federal Signal Corporation is proud to sponsor the Karl F. Hoenecke Memorial Scholarship program for dependent children of employees of Federal Signal and its subsidiaries. Eligible students will be current high school seniors or the international equivalent final year higher/upper secondary students who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. This program was established in memory of Karl F. Hoenecke, Chairman of the Board of Federal Signal from 1975 to 1987. Mr. Hoenecke, who died in December of 1987, was an outstanding business and civic leader. He appreciated the value of a quality education in the development of future business leaders. We believe Karl’s, and Federal Signal’s, high regard for education will be fostered through this program.


Community Involvement

Ready, Set, Roll at the Innovation Lab

In Spring 2019, members of the corporate Innovation Lab held an innovation training workshop with students in Hinsdale’s Community House Ready, Set, Roll program. Students were taught innovation best practices, produced prototype solutions to problems in their lives, and gained valuable insights into the career paths of our innovators.








Vactor Manufacturing Expansion Includes Community Safe Room

Streator, Illinois, home of Vactor Manufacturing, is located in a region of Illinois that regularly experiences a large number of tornados. As part of Vactor’s recent plant expansion, a segment of the plant with high occupancy rating was structurally reinforced and designated as a safe area, to be opened to residents of the surrounding community during times of high tornado risk.


We work with organizations like NUCA, Common Ground Alliance, and the EPA to promote legislation that keeps our water systems running, our buried utilities safe, and our air and watersheds clean. The following laws have been or are likely to be enacted, in part due to our efforts:

  • “Safe Digging” laws, requiring the use of 811 call notification centers, have increasingly been adopted around the nation due in part to our efforts.
  • America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
  • FY 2020 Appropriations for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

Product Strategy

Federal Signal’s approach to Environmental Responsibility is unique: we have the opportunity to better the natural world in how we run our businesses, and also through the products we make. Those products help our customers to make their own communities cleaner, safer, and more efficient, so it is in our interests – both ethical and financial – to put environmental responsibility front and center in all that we do.