Norwalk, Conn. -- Metroflor announced the achievement of the JUST social transparency label for the second Chinese factory, Zhangjiagang Yihua Rundong New Material Co., Ltd, otherwise known as Yihua. This joins the first-ever JUST label for a Chinese company received by the Elegant Home-Tech Company Limited facility, located near Yihua in Zhangjiagang, China, which also manufactures the Metroflor Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring. Yihua employs over 1600 workers, and Elegant Home-Tech’s staff numbers over 1200 people.
To receive the JUST standard, Metroflor 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.
“Social justice is the new frontier of transparency, especially in the building products industry,” said Rochelle Routman, chief sustainability officer for Metroflor. “We are proud that in addition to our Aspecta commercial LVT brand, Metroflor Corporation has also earned a second JUST Label in partnership with our Chinese manufacturers. Our companies are leading the way in social justice transparency and as a result, we are seeing other companies interested in doing similar work in China. We are open to talking with other companies about our experience with JUST and hope that other manufacturers will also embrace this transparency platform. Everyone benefits from increased transparency, both on the product level and now on social factors.”
The labels are issued under the Metroflor name and translated into Chinese. They can be found on the ILFI website.