Shaw Announces Sustainability Progress

Carpet and flooring company has reclaimed and recycled 600 million pounds of carpet.

July 15, 2013
CDR Staff
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Shaw Industries Group Inc., Dalton, Ga., a Berkshire Hathaway company, has released its 2012 corporate sustainability report.

Key highlights from the report, “Looking Ahead,” include:
  •  Reclaiming and recycling more than 600 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006;
  • Surpassing 60 percent of Shaw products being Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM);
  • Achieving LEED certification for three additional facilities;
  • Reducing water intensity by 33.7 percent since 2006;
  • Providing 56,196 associate volunteer hours and more than $2 million in contributions to community causes; and
  • Breaking ground on a manufacturing facility in Nantong, China to serve the thriving Asia market - representative of the company's efforts to produce products locally.

"We're proud of the progress we've made. We strive to continuously improve every aspect of our business," says Shaw CEO Vance Bell. "This guides not only our commitment to sustainability and innovation, but everything we do, every day."

With this focus on continued improvement in mind, Shaw also has introduced new environmental performance goals.

Shaw's 2030 environmental performance goals include:

  • Reducing energy intensity by 40 percent;
  • Reducing total waste to landfills by 100 percent;
  • Reducing hazardous waste by 100 percent;
  • Reducing water intensity by 50 percent;
  • Achieving an OSHA incidence rate of zero; and
  • Designing 100 percent of products to Cradle to Cradle® protocols.

Shaw will report its progress toward these goals through the company's annual sustainability report.

"Our corporate sustainability report is a vital part of our continued commitment to providing our stakeholders with a substantive and transparent look at our holistic approach to sustainability - across a broad spectrum of key sustainability indicators," says Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. 

Shaw's 2012 report marks the fifth year the company has published an annual corporate sustainability report. The report was prepared at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 3.1 Application Level B for transparency and disclosure. The report received an application level check by the GRI. It also received an independent assurance review by Deloitte and Touche LLP to achieve the GRI B+ level.

"Looking Ahead," the Shaw Industries Group Inc. 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, as well as past reports, can be accessed online at