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Shaw releases 2015 sustainability report

Shaw CSR Cover-2015 Report med resDalton—Shaw Industries’ 2015 Sustainability Report released this week continues the company’s legacy of transparency through the disclosure of key metrics and progress against its goals.

The company’s 2030 sustainability goals include:

  • ŸReduce water intensity (per pound of finished product) by 50%
  • Decrease energy intensity by 40%
  • Reduce waste to landfills and hazardous waste by 100%
  • ŸDesign 100% of Shaw products to Cradle-to-Cradle protocols
  • Achieve an OSHA incident rate of zero
  • ŸReduce non-biogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 40%

Shaw has reported its GHG performance since its inaugural annual sustainability report (covering calendar year 2008) and has formalized its commitment with a newly introduced 2030 target.

“Shaw is committed to continuous improvement and constantly driving innovation into our business based upon our perpetual quest for a deeper understanding of the needs of our customers, associates and communities,” said Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and CEO. “Our annual sustainability report reflects our progress and our continued investment in what our internal and external stakeholders deem most important.”

In addition to the new GHG goal, key items in the 2015 report include:

  • The company’s investment of nearly $300 million in capital expenditures, including strategic investments in multiple product categories and in automation, efficiency and technology advances in its operations
  • New calculation methods and baseline year for energy emissions and water intensity metrics that raise the bar for Shaw’s performance to align with industry standard reporting the company has been using as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program
  • Additional detail about Shaw’s investment in a new talent model as an innovation driver and key to long-term sustainability
  • Providing an average of almost 50 hours of training per associate for a total of more than one million training hours. These and other associate programs and benefits contributed to Shaw being recognized among Forbes’ America’s Best Employers 2015, Elearning magazine’s Learning100!, Training magazine’s Top 125 as well as being Great Places to Work certified.
  • Contributing more than 67,000 hours of volunteer time and more than $4.7 million to organizations that impact people’s lives in the communities where the company operates
  • The company’s ongoing commitment to a culture of inclusion, demonstrated through their investment in the Women’s Innovation Network (WiN), ShawVet, and unconscious bias education

“While we remain steadfastly focused on our 2030 goals, we are perpetually assessing whether they are reflective of our priorities and operations, that they are material for us and what matters most to our customers, associates and other stakeholders,” said Paul Murray, Shaw’s vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. “We will continue to look for opportunities to listen and learn as we develop innovative products, processes and programs.”

Shaw’s sustainability report follows the Global Reporting Initiative framework and is third-party assured by Deloitte & Touche.

View Shaw’s 2015 Sustainability Report at

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Tarkett’s Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet achieves Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 4.44.08 PMSolon, Ohio—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sport surface solutions, has achieved the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Bronze Certification 3.1 for its Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet flooring. This certification is the first of its kind earned by a rubber manufacturer.

“This certification differentiates our rubber products from anything else on the market,” said Diane Martel, vice president of environmental planning and strategy, Tarkett. “By continuously putting products through material assessments and re-evaluating our technology, Tarkett demonstrates an unmatched commitment to the principles of C2C. We will continue offering the best possible flooring solutions for our customers as part of our mission to become a completely C2C certified company by 2020.”

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Armstrong's VCT recycling designed to reduce environmental impact

Armstrong Commercial Flooring’s Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) Flooring Recycling Program is the first program of its kind to recycle all Armstrong VCT flooring products as well as competitor VCT products.

Recycling is part of the Armstrong cradle-to-cradle process designed to reduce environmental impact; less waste goes into landfills, there is less use of natural resources, less energy consumption and less greenhouse gas emissions.  Since 2009, Armstrong has been piloting its VCT Recycling Program with national retailers and the company has successfully recycled over one million pounds of recycled post-consumer VCT material back into new VCT product.  Continue reading Armstrong's VCT recycling designed to reduce environmental impact

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Resilient’s green message keeps growing

by Matthew Spieler

While the carpet industry gets the bulk of the headlines when it comes to environmental stories, it doesn’t mean the rest of the flooring industry is standing by and watching. The resilient category, for instance, has plenty to offer in the way of eco-friendly programs, from incorporating various types of post-consumer materials into products to using alternative energy sources to power factories, the industry is leading by example and architects and designers in general are taking notice. Continue reading Resilient’s green message keeps growing

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Shaw helps to ‘Make It Right’ in New Orleans

Mill donating floors to help rebuild Lower 9th Ward
by Matthew Spieler

New Orleans—Following the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, particularly to New Orleans and the residents of the Lower 9th Ward, throngs of groups and individuals converged on the area hoping to help rebuild the once proud area. Among those was international celebrity Brad Pitt, who formed the Make It Right (MIR) Foundation and dedicated it to rebuilding 150 affordable, green, high quality homes which would allow some of the many displaced families to return to their roots, their family history. Continue reading Shaw helps to ‘Make It Right’ in New Orleans

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Shaw Contract Group opens showroom in Mexico City

Cartersville, Ga. — Shaw Contract Group opened a showroom in Mexico City on March 1, providing its customers with greater access to Cradle to Cradle certified flooring products and services. The showroom, a LEED-registered Commercial Interior showroom, pending Retail certification, showcases the complete range of flooring solutions available to customers in Mexico City. Continue reading Shaw Contract Group opens showroom in Mexico City

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Desso featured as one of first-movers to circular economy

Desso, the European carpet and sports pitch manufacturer, featured in a major new study launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which claims that businesses can save up to $630 billion in the EU by moving to the circular economy, a model that enables manufacturers to use resources much more productively.

The report, Towards the Circular Economy: Economic and business rationale for an accelerated transition was launched in January 2012 by Dame Ellen MacArthur, the founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Continue reading Desso featured as one of first-movers to circular economy

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Shaw expands presence in Asia Pacific

Company will break ground on manufacturing facility in April

Cartersville, Ga.– Shaw Contract Group opened a sales office in Shanghai recently to provide customers in rapidly growing Asian markets with greater access to its high performance Cradle to Cradle certified carpet tile. The US-based flooring manufacturer’s LEED-registered Commercial Interior space, pending Gold certification, will be followed by sales offices opening in Beijing and Hong Kong later this year. Continue reading Shaw expands presence in Asia Pacific

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Johnsonite’s Harmoniun earns Cradle to Cradle, USDA certifications

CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO—Johnsonite, the commercial arm of Tarkett, was recently awarded two prestigious environmental certifications for the sustainable content and production of their Harmonium xf linoleum flooring: a certified United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program Biobased Product Label, and a Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Silver tier certification. Currently the company’s linoleum consists of 80% biogenic materials and Harmonium xf Linoleum has the highest rapidly renewable content in the industry, according to company executives. Continue reading Johnsonite’s Harmoniun earns Cradle to Cradle, USDA certifications

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Shaw joins Gov. Schwarzenegger at Green Institute launch

Mountain View, Calif.—Google’s headquarters here was the backdrop for the launch of the first-in-the-nation, non-profit Green Products Innovation Institute (GPII), which featured academic, business, government and environmental leaders including Califnoria Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shaw Industries.

The Institute will be headquartered in San Francisco, and is dedicated to developing comprehensive chemical standards for every day products that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment. GPII will work to advance the framework outlined in the book “Cradle to Cradle,” authored by architect and designer William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart, two of the institute’s co-founders. Continue reading Shaw joins Gov. Schwarzenegger at Green Institute launch