Recently, Shaw Industries released their 2014 Sustainability Report. Shaw shifted to the Global Reporting Initiative’s newest G4 standard converged with a notable increase in the demand for supply chain transparency surrounding product ingredients across the flooring industry. Shaw was prepared for the shift after designing for Cradle to Cradle Certified product standards. The company is continuing to develop innovative sustainability solutions to create a better future for its customers, associates, and communities.
“In the past 2 years, we have committed $540 million in capital investments to enhance our operations, including $350 million in expansions,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO, Shaw Industries. “These initiatives in infrastructure, equipment, advanced technology, and product development will get underway throughout 2015 and 2016, and result in 1,000 new jobs in the coming years – this is the kind of innovation that creates a more sustainable future.”
Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability is that every material, every process, and every action is designed for a better future.
The new report outlines significant initiatives such as:
Shaw announced a more than $20 million investment in a new recycling facility in Ringgold, GA. This new facility is called Evergreen Ringgold, and it will be the first of its kind to recycle nylon as well as polyester carpet. This expansion to Shaw’s recycling capabilities builds upon the company’s efforts that have resulted in the collection and recycling of more than 800 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006.
Shaw takes the utmost care to ensure that the materials that go into its products are both safe and environmentally responsible. In 2014, 66 percent of the sales of Shaw manufactured products were Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver.
Branding and Marketing
Shaw is committed to communicating responsibly and regularly about its products and the company’s approach to sustainability. Through its commitment to Cradle to Cradle and numerous other sustainability standards and reporting tools, Shaw employs labels and certifications as credible evidence of the company’s commitment to transparency and third-party verification and to help facility product purchase decisions.
Shaw recognized the changing needs of its people and its business and identified key leadership characteristics that will be important in Shaw’s success moving forward. Shaw also began to establish more formal opportunities for its associates to support each other through affinity groups such as the Women’s Innovation Network (WiN) and ShawVET. These and other efforts resulted in Shaw being named number eight on the Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s Best Employers.
Click here to see Shaw’s 2014 Sustainability Report.