People-First Culture

People-First Culture

Safety Management System

Our most valuable asset is our global team of associates and we work hard each day to keep them safe at each one of our facilities. With safety in mind, we have designed and implemented our S4 (S-to-the-fourth) system and safety culture, which is focused on developing, engaging, monitoring, and continuously educating our associates on standardized procedures that are key to their workplace safety and well-being.

Every AAM location implements the S4 system. Currently, three AAM facilities have been certified to OHSAS 18001, the International Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

The S4 system is based on three key themes of being Personal, Positive and Proactive. The concept involves every associate, everyday engaging on our guiding principles and 11 elements of data driven, structured improvement. The primary goal of S4 is to achieve compliance with all internal and external requirements and regulations while driving behavioral changes to create a safe and environmentally friendly workplace.

S4 consists of weekly EHS messages, active and engaged EHS committees at each location, common tools for audits, observations, job analysis, training, operations reviews, weekly and monthly reporting to senior management, common policies and procedures all coordinated through a common EHS database.

Meshing technical requirements and regulations into the S4 system has proven to be an effective process for improvement and the reduction of environmental and safety risk.

Operating System

The key to AAM’s ability to deliver results for customers is our commitment to achieving Operational Excellence. This means we are operating safely, training our associates successfully and running our business efficiently with a standardized approach. The AAM Operating System is the foundation for our success and is integral to delivering operational excellence daily and in all of our facilities. This focus, which includes consistent practices, integrated information technology systems and proactive data analysis, will continue to ensure AAM is leading with improved customer satisfaction, lean production and efficient cost management. Through our global Learning Line implementation activities, we are strengthening our understanding of Lean Principles and Kaizen basics, expanding our problem solving capabilities and our standard AAM Systems, resulting in highly engaged teams focused on driving performance improvement. AAM’s Operating System encourages a culture of engaged associates at all levels. Every one is a problem solver, supporting the transformation to a lean workplace.

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AAM’s unwavering commitment to quality remains unchanged and is the heart of our Q4 (Q-to-the-fourth) quality assurance program. Q4 ensures that AAM’s products are reliable, durable and high quality, thanks to our diligent attention to standardized processes and production excellence at all of our global facilities. We’ve made tremendous progress with the Q4 system and continue to build upon our world-class quality with our customers.
AAM 360
AAM360 is a comprehensive program designed to deliver a complete associate experience. AAM360 is comprised of four components: Associate Advantage, Power Up, LEVEL UP, and Team Advantage. From benefits to training, wellness to community involvement, these programs encompass the various opportunities available to AAM associates.

At AAM, we are focused on recruiting, developing and retaining the best and brightest talent globally. We provide our associates with the tools to develop technically and grow professionally, wherever they are, into the leaders that will guide AAM into the future. Empowerment of our associates is essential to continuously improving our quality performance, technology leadership and operational excellence.

Our passion for cultivating a positive culture that embodies AAM’s mission and values starts with a strategy called LEVEL UP. LEVEL UP is a coordinated effort across our enterprise to realize the benefits of sustainable and adaptable systems for training, development, and performance. LEVEL UP focuses on development and learning activities for our associates. It is designed to help every associate realize their full potential by understanding expectations and their role, thus enabling them to make a contribution and grow in their career. LEVEL UP is all about making AAM a better place to work while driving business results through Talent Management.

It starts with associates thinking about where they are in their career and where they want to go. LEVEL Up then provides the tools needed to help associates realize their full potential, with the support of their managers. It can start at the basics such as filling a knowledge gap or providing access to new technologies, stretch assignments, job shadowing, on-the-job experiences, networking, volunteerism, cross-functional assignments and the necessary coaching to move forward.

We have a number of learning solutions ready to deploy as associates need. Our content libraries provide basic starting points for many competencies and are both technical and behavioral in nature. Last year, more than a thousand associates accessed content in the e learning system to support their careers. More than 100 associates were engaged in company supported advanced technical and business related graduate Masters programs.

Social Responsibility 

AAM was founded on a commitment to the communities in which we live and work. During 2018, we advanced this commitment with both corporate initiatives and individual activities.

AAM Charitable Campaigns

Additionally, AAM continued our long-standing work with national charitable organizations committed to supporting local families, youth outreach, education, wellness and social equality, which include:

The Boy Scouts of America, which helps build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Scouting provides unique, life-changing experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. The United Way, which works with an array of agency partners to solve some of the community’s most intractable issues while providing tools to help individuals and families meet their basic needs, develop economic self-sufficiency and improve educational opportunities for themselves and their children.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, which provide high-quality programs for more than 15,000 children and young adults at eight local metro-Detroit Clubs.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which advances cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

During the year, AAM associates also contributed to local and national charities through monthly Jeans Day collections. These charities, selected by our associates, include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Rainbow Connection, Forgotten Harvest, Make-A-Wish, Cass Community Social Services, Girls Who Code, Judson Center and the Detroit Zoo.

As AAM continues its tradition of social responsibility across the globe, we will remain focused on organizations
and causes that further advancements in education, diversity, health, education and social equality and
make a direct difference in our communities.