Shaw Industries has released its 6th annual sustainability report.
“We committed to significant investment in business expansion and continued to advance our sustainable business strategy in 2013,” said Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and CEO. “Sustainability at Shaw means driving innovation into the business, protecting and efficiently using resources, and actively engaging with our associates, customers and communities while focusing on long-term financial success.”
Included in the report is the company’s approach and continued commitment to the circular economy; the milestone of recycling more than 700 million pounds of carpet since 2006; achieving 64% of product sales from Cradle to Cradle Certified products; continued dedication to transparency through Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs); strategic community and education partnerships to cultivate the workforce of the future and foster local economic development; an investment of $20 million in energy and greenhouse gas reductions through efficient equipment and systems in recent years; the installation of a 1MW solar panel system—one of the largest commercial installations in the Southeastern U.S.—on the roof of Shaw’s carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga.; donations valued at nearly $4 million dollars to community and nonprofit organizations; an investment of $350 million in expanded or enhanced carpet tile, hardwood, LVT, extrusion and distribution operations and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs in coming years as a result; the grand opening of a new carpet tile plant in Nantong, China to serve Asia.
“Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability includes a strategic focus on our associates, customers and communities, products and operations through the lens of people, planet and profit,” states Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “This report highlights the tremendous energy the company and all associates devote to work to create a better future.”