CALHOUN, Georgia, December 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – In its twelfth annual environmental, social and governance report released online today (mohawksustainability.com), Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, underscores its commitment to innovate for a better future through strategic initiatives that are better for people, the planet and business performance.
“Each year, this report quantitatively assesses our progress in important areas such as carbon emissions and our use of natural resources, and it also provides insight into what defines us as an organization,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO of Mohawk. “We invest in our people, respecting what makes them unique and helping them thrive through work that matters. We create innovative products that lay the foundation for healthier, more inspiring spaces where people live and work. We have significantly reduced our water and energy consumption and are incorporating more recycled content into our products, including more than 30 billion plastic bottles in the past five years.
In 2021, Malisa Maynard joined Mohawk as Vice President of Sustainability. Maynard has focused on developing a comprehensive sustainability strategy that builds on existing strengths and accepts new challenges for growth.
“Innovation is the common language at Mohawk,” said Maynard. “There is tremendous passion and creativity around continuous improvement and a desire to better execute all aspects of our business. By identifying the commonalities between Mohawk’s businesses, we’ve built a framework that truly defines what sustainability means across the business. We approach our ESG goals through cross-functional teams that will work together to define people and planet focused goals and initiatives.
The company’s updated ESG strategy also took on a new direction with the introduction of the people, planet and performance pillars with key goals and objectives for each category representing the detail of Mohawk’s commitment to innovate. for a better future.
“Mohawk has spent the last decade working towards 25% reductions in emissions, water intensity and landfill waste,” said Maynard. “There has been great progress. We continue to work on and update our goals, including expanded ESG metrics, as we execute our new governance process. ”
In addition to affirming Mohawk’s ESG philosophy, the report highlights Mohawk’s comprehensive product portfolio which is industry-leading in sustainable technology and product circularity. The Mohawk carpet collections in the United States provide consumers with renewable (wool), recycled (polyester) and partially bio-based (SmartStrand) fiber options while delivering unmatched style and performance. In Australia and New Zealand, Godfrey Hirst’s traditional wool rugs offer is complemented by its partially bio-based Eco + collections.
In commercial flooring, Mohawk Group offers the industry’s largest portfolio of non-redlisted products and recently launched The Waterways Project, which promotes healthy rivers through clean-up days across the United States. United. This project also includes the introduction of biophilic inspired collections influenced by rivers. and riparian landscapes that are suitable for multiple business environments.
Mohawk is the world’s largest producer of ceramic tile, and more than 450 of the company’s floor and wall tile products contain pre- and post-consumer recycled content.
Likewise, as the largest manufacturer of laminate flooring in the United States and Europe, Mohawk’s products are made primarily with reclaimed fibers and wood chips from sustainable sources. Each year, Mohawk’s resilient flooring manufacturing recovers thousands of tons of PVC material from landfills and transforms the material into the backing for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring.
The company’s European panel business has introduced a unique and innovative technology to recycle wood fiber from MDF and HDF panels, allowing the company to reuse this material to produce high quality fiberboard. The process will ultimately conserve 380,000 tonnes of CO2 per year stored in wood fiber which has been given a second life.
Many of Mohawk’s sustainability accomplishments stem from the company’s continuous – and creative – journey to improve the sustainability of its products and operations. The report details how Mohawk uses biofuel, invested in solar and wind power, reduced water use, and recovers and reuses waste to make high-quality products around the world.
In 2021, three of Mohawk’s business units made new climate-related commitments. Mohawk Group signed The Climate Pledge with a commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2040. Unilin Group is committed to setting targets aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative. Godfrey Hirst has achieved Climate Active certification by pledging to reduce carbon emissions. All these elements are part of the company’s overall objective to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, to disclose scope 3 emissions and to develop scientific objectives by 2024.
“Our digital ESG report provides a bird’s eye view of Mohawk’s work around the world, and we invite everyone to check out the information online and give us their feedback,” said Maynard. “We’re proud of our journey so far, but we listen, learn, grow, test new ideas and strive for better results. We embrace ambitious goals and are committed to doing the important work required to achieve them. ”
Mohawk’s Environmental, Social and Governance Report is available exclusively online at mohawksustainability.com.
Mohawk Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flooring, creating products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our cutting edge innovation has produced products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the market and meet all renovation and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include Mohawk, American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Feltex, Godfrey Hirst, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. Over the past two decades, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Mexico. , New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
ROBERT WEBB, CORPORATE COMMUNICATION