Firestone Releases Sustainability Report

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has released the “2015 Global Sustainability Report” detailing the company’s progress in achieving its environmental goals and fulfilling its commitment to contributing to an environmentally sustainable society. The report, which provides an overview of the company’s environmental performance measured using criteria set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), demonstrates how Firestone is using metrics to drive performance across its business. 
 
Firestone had a number of accomplishments that are outlined in the 2015 report. By focusing its efforts on three key areas: people, process and products, Firestone:

     

  • Launched two new products with near zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), making it safer for contractors, building occupants and the environment
  • Increased the number of voluntary reporting indicators from 10 to 37 for greater transparency in reporting
  • Decreased wastewater discharge by 23 percent between 2014 and 2015

 
“Firestone has a long-standing commitment to driving the type of innovation that will enable our products to meet global standards throughout their lifecycle – from production to performance,” says Tim Dunn, president, Firestone Building Products. “It is through the dedication and hard work of our employees worldwide that we are able to make environmental improvements in our products and processes, and demonstrate leadership in our industry.
 
Firestone is adhering to the GRI G4 reporting standard to ensure comprehensive sustainability reporting. The company expects certification to the G4 standard later this year.
 
As part of Bridgestone Americas, Firestone is committed to being a good corporate citizen globally, nationally and especially in the communities where it has manufacturing facilities, sales facilities and offices. Bridgestone Americas’ parent company, Bridgestone Corp., was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the first time, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for the seventh consecutive year. Firestone’s corporate citizenship commitments extend beyond sustainability. In 2015, Firestone employees gave their time and talents in plant and headquarters communities to organizations that support education, the arts, health and wellness, and work to improve peoples’ lives.
 
To learn more about Firestone Building Products, or to download a copy of the 2015 Firestone Building Products Global Sustainability Report, visit firestonebpco.com.

Owens Corning Releases Ninth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced strong progress in reducing its environmental footprint and improving the environmental impact and transparency of its products. The company released these results in its ninth annual sustainability report.

“We are proud of what we accomplished this past year, further reducing our environmental footprint and expanding our positive handprint by introducing new solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy consumption and infrastructure development,” says vice president and chief sustainability officer, Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “Today, our global enterprise operates with 46 percent less absolute greenhouse gas emissions than our peak in 2007, and we are developing ways to make additional reductions. We are committed to expanding our impact through sustainability and collaborating with others to further our progress.”

The report also highlights the company’s global philanthropic work, joint efforts with customers and suppliers to improve sustainability, and analytics on its handprint. All of these support the goal of becoming a net-positive growth company. All of these support the goal of becoming a net-positive growth company.

“We’ve begun to explore handprint opportunities along the social dimensions of human health and employee well-being,” O’Brien-Bernini says. “Continued safety progress and advances in health and wellness help our employees and their families live to the fullest each day.”

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the fourth year Owens Corning has reported against its 2020 goals.

Other highlights of 2014 progress include:

  • Industry-leading track record of safety performance, which earned Owens Corning the 2014 Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council.
  • Sustained environmental footprint progress, including intensity reductions of 34 percent in greenhouse gas and 65 percent in toxic air emissions from its 2010 baseline.
  • Facilitated 2.4 billion pounds of end-of-life recycled shingles and consumed 1.3 billion pounds of recycled glass, year-over-year increases of 33 percent and 15 percent respectively.
  • Launch of the WindStrand high-performance glass fiber roving and Ultrablade fiberglass reinforcement fabric products, which enable longer and lighter wind blades. This advancement supports the continued growth of economical wind energy for low-wind sites.
  • Participation in community programs at more than half of our worldwide facilities. This included increasing access to basic health and educational needs for more than 19,000 children in India, China and Mexico.
  • Collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health to strengthen its wellness programs.
  • Placement in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fifth consecutive year and named Industry Leader in Sustainability for the second consecutive year.
  • Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the 11th consecutive year.

Owens Corning’s 2014 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.

Johns Manville Releases Sustainability Report

Johns Manville (JM), a global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials and a Berkshire Hathaway company, released its 2014 Sustainability Report. The fourth annual report highlights significant accomplishments and initiatives tied to the economic, environmental, and social impacts of sustainability and is available on the company’s website.

“This report ties closely to JM’s four core values—people, passion, protection and performance—and focuses on the innovative approaches the company is taking to infuse sustainability into every aspect of our business,” says Mary Rhinehart, president and CEO. “We are pleased with the results and will continue looking for opportunities to improve and perform in a way that ultimately delivers even greater value to our customers.”

The report also incorporates a new feature—the JM Product Landscape—that highlights the sustainable attributes of many JM products used within a multitude of industries. Users can click on various locations within the landscape for specific product application and sustainability information.

“JM’s approach to sustainability continuously evolves as we balance the needs of our customers, employees and the environment,” says Tim Swales, vice president of research and development and chief sustainability officer. “Our greatest achievements in 2014 were in the areas of waste reduction, energy efficiency and community investment, thanks to a variety of programs and practices. We also identified opportunities for improvement, most notably in the area of greater alignment around our safety program.”

Significant accomplishments outlined in the 2014 report include:

  • Reducing waste by 11.5 percent since 2010 by implementing waste-saving programs across global operations.
  • Decreasing energy usage by more than 5 percent since 2010, despite increasing production.
  • Achieving goals for volunteerism by doubling the number of employee volunteers since 2011.
  • Increasing employee training hours by 30 percent in 2014 with a focus on leadership, management, compliance, language and technology.
  • Recognition from key industry organizations, including a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Voluntary Protection Program Star status from OSHA for 10 JM manufacturing facilities.

The report is divided into sections that reflect JM’s core values of people, passion, performance and protection. These values guide the company and its employees to be a leader in each of the global markets JM serves. These values also differentiate JM from its competition and make the company an employer of choice and a supplier of choice.

The 2014 publication marks the fourth year that JM has published a sustainability report detailing enterprise-wide sustainability initiatives. The report received a B-Level Application Level Check by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and includes 24 fully reported performance indicators applying the GRI 3.1 guidelines.