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Mohawk releases Environmen­tal, Social & Governance Report

- From Mohawk Industries

In its twelfth annual Environmen­tal, Social and Governance Report released online, Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufactur­er, stresses its commitment to innovating for a better tomorrow through strategic initiative­s that are better for people, the planet and the 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 insights into what defines us as an organizati­on,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk’s chairman and CEO. “We invest in our employees, respecting what makes each of them unique and helping them find fulfillmen­t through work that matters. We create innovative products that lay the foundation for healthier, more inspiring spaces where people live and work. We have greatly reduced our consumptio­n of water and energy 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 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 every aspect of our business. By identifyin­g commonalit­ies among Mohawk’s businesses, we have built a framework that truly defines what sustainabi­lity means across the enterprise. We are addressing our ESG objectives through cross-functional teams that will collaborat­e to define goals and initiative­s focused on people and the planet.”

The Company’s refreshed ESG strategy also gained new focus through the introducti­on of the people, planet and performanc­e pillars with key goals and objectives for each category representi­ng the detail behind Mohawk’s commitment to innovating for a better tomorrow.

“Mohawk has spent the past decade working toward 25 percent reductions in emissions, water and waste-to-landfill intensity,” said Maynard. “There has been great progress. We are continuing to work on our goals and will refresh them, 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 that leads the industry in sustainabl­e technology and product circularit­y. Mohawk carpet collection­s in the U.S. offer consumers renewable (wool), recycled (polyester) and partially bio-based (SmartStran­d) fiber options while delivering unsurpasse­d style and performanc­e. In Australia and New Zealand, Godfrey Hirst’s legacy wool carpet offering is completed by its Eco+ partially bio-based collection­s.

In commercial flooring, Mohawk Group offers the industry’s largest portfolio of Red List-free products and recently launched The Waterways Project, which promotes river health through clean-up days across the U.S. This project also includes the introducti­on of biophilic-inspired collection­s influenced by rivers and riparian landscapes and that are tailored for multiple commercial environmen­ts.

Mohawk is the world’s largest ceramic tile producer, and more than 450 of the company’s floor and wall tile products contain pre- and postconsum­er recycled content.

Similarly, as the largest laminate flooring manufactur­er in the U.S. and Europe, Mohawk’s products are made predominan­tly with recovered wood fiber and chips from sustainabl­e sources. Every year, Mohawk’s resilient flooring manufactur­ing reclaims thousands of tons of PVC materials destined for landfills and transforms the material into the backing for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring.

The Company’s European panels business has introduced a unique and innovative technology to recycle wood fiber from MDF and HDF boards, allowing the company to reuse this material to produce high-quality fiberboard­s. The process will eventually keep 380,000 tons of CO2 per year stored in wood fiber that has been given a second life.

Many of Mohawk’s achievemen­ts in sustainabi­lity come from the Company’s continuous — and creative — journey to improve the sustainabi­lity of its products and operations. The report details how Mohawk utilizes biobased fuel, has invested in solar and wind energy, has reduced water usage and recovers and reuses waste material to produce 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 pledged to set objectives aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative. Godfrey Hirst obtained Climate Active certificat­ion by committing to carbon reductions.

“Our digital ESG report offers an expansive view of Mohawk’s work around the world, and we invite everyone to view the informatio­n online and provide us with feedback,” said Maynard. “We are proud of our journey thus far, but we are still listening, learning, growing, testing new ideas and striving for greater results. We are embracing ambitious goals, and we are committed to the important work required to achieve them.”

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