Norwalk, Conn. -- Aspecta North America recently announced the achievement of the JUST social transparency label for the second Chinese factory, Zhangjiagang Yihua Rundong New Material (Yihua). This follows the first-ever JUST label for a Chinese company received in April by the Elegant Home-Tech facility, located near Yihua in Zhangjiagang, China, which also manufactures the Aspecta commercial LVT flooring. Yihua employs over 1600 workers, and Elegant Home-Tech’s staff numbers over 1200 people.
To receive the JUST labels, Aspecta had to provide numerous policies for public review and be rated on a wide range of metrics including safety, diversity, worker benefits and community engagement.
Created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as an innovative way for organizations to be transparent about their entire operations beyond product ingredients, JUST is essentially a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. The program requires reporting and documentation on a range of organization- and employee-related indicators, each requiring specific and measurable accountabilities recognized on a star ranking (1 - 3), which are published on the JUST label.
According to Chief Sustainability Officer,, “Social justice is the new frontier of transparency in the building products industry,” said Rochelle Routman, Chief Sustainability Office. “This is a very personal topic that addresses the organizational relationship to the individual, revealing much more about the values of the organization than the basic tenets of corporate social responsibility, such as volunteerism and green buildings. I’m honored to work for a company that is leading the world in acquiring JUST labels for the flooring industry and Asian manufacturing.”
The labels are issued under the Aspecta name and translated into Chinese.