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CEO Letter


Dear Valued Stakeholders,

As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Davey Tree Expert Company, I am pleased to introduce our seventh annual Corporate Responsibility Report, covering Davey’s performance and progress for the 2018 calendar year. 2018 was an exciting year that saw us pass the one-billion-dollar revenue mark while at the same time progressing towards our sustainability goals.

Founded in 1880, Davey prides itself on delivering superior tree, landscape and plant health care service to our clients. Throughout North America, we continue to lead the green industry, conserving and protecting the world’s natural assets while developing innovative solutions that advance the environmental sciences.

At Davey, corporate responsibility is at the core of what we do and who we are. Our four pillars provide the foundation for our CR strategy: Safe Business Practices, Engaged Employees, Innovative Thinking and Sustainable Environment. Through these four pillars, we manage our most material environmental, social and governance efforts on a daily basis and create long-term value for our business—ensuring Davey’s sustainability for the next 100 years.

Safe Business Practices begin with our people—ensuring the safety of our employees and clients at the jobsite. Our employees are colleagues, friends and family, and their safety is of the utmost importance. We continuously strive to create a safer environment—for example, this year, we added regional skills trainers to increase our arborist skill sets in field operations creating a more competent workforce and increasing safety.

As an employee-owned company, maintaining an engaged workforce is essential to our continued success. We recognize that providing opportunities for professional and personal development helps us attract and retain the very best industry talent. In 2018 we improved our central recruiting systems by expanding our regional recruiting hubs to support utility services operations, enhancing collaboration between the hubs, Davey Resource Group and Canadian operations.

For nearly 140 years, the Davey name has been synonymous with the Innovative Thinking and the advancement of ecosystem sciences. Since John Davey published his book, The Tree Doctor, in 1901, Davey Tree has innovated and pioneered the latest in horticultural and environmental services. Today, we continue to provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges—from climate change to access to clean water.

At our very essence, Davey is devoted to the sustainability of our planet’s natural resources. In our own operations, and through our diverse service offerings, we strive to deliver unmatched excellence as we advance the green industry. As we grow we continue to work towards our bold goal to reduce our global fleet fuel consumption by 35 percent per labor hour by 2023, from a 2017 baseline. In 2018 with the dedication of our employees we were able to reduce our fuel use while continuing to grow the company. With one of the largest corporate fleets in the U.S., we are working tirelessly to lower our carbon footprint by reducing fuel consumption and emissions, optimizing routes and promoting more efficient practices. At the same time, we are working with our clients to value, conserve and enhance their natural capital.

Davey is committed to corporate responsibility not just for our business, but for the world. We recognize that our core services center around creating healthy green spaces while contributing to a thriving environment. We promote responsible and safe practices with our clients and partners and take the time to educate the public, where possible. We invest in the continued education and development of our employees, as they are the future of our company. We’re proud of our founder John Davey’s innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit, and as an employee-owned company, we look forward to carrying on his legacy for many years to come.

I hope you enjoy exploring Davey’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report, and I welcome any questions or comments you might have. Please feel free to contact me via email at


Patrick M. Covey
President and Chief Executive Officer

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