Mohawk releases annual environmental report
Calhoun, Ga.—In its 12th Annual Environmental, Social and Governance Report, Mohawk Industries emphasized its commitment to innovation for a brighter future through strategic initiatives that are better for people, the planet and the company’s performance.
“Each year, this report quantitatively evaluates our progress in key areas such as carbon emissions and our use of natural resources, as well as providing insight into what defines us as an organization,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk chairman and CEO. “We invest in our employees, respecting what makes each one of them unique and helping them find satisfaction 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 water and energy use and are using more recycled material in our products, including more than 30 billion plastic bottles in the last five years.”
In 2021, Malisa Maynard joined Mohawk as vice president of sustainability. Maynard said she focused on developing a comprehensive sustainability strategy that builds on existing strengths and addresses new challenges for growth. “Innovation is the common language at Mohawk,” Maynard said. “There is tremendous passion and creativity around continuous improvement and a desire to run every aspect of our business better. By identifying similarities between Mohawk’s companies, we’ve developed a framework that truly defines what sustainability means across the enterprise. We are working towards our ESG goals through cross-functional teams that will work together to define goals and initiatives that are focused on people and the planet.”
Mohawk’s revamped ESG strategy was also refocused with the introduction of the “people, planet and performance” pillars, with key goals and objectives for each category representing the details behind Mohawk’s commitment to innovation for a brighter future, the company said. .
“Mohawk has spent the past decade working toward a 25 percent reduction in emissions, water and waste-to-land intensity,” Maynard said. “Great progress has been made. We will continue to work towards and update our goals, including comprehensive ESG metrics, as we implement our new governance process.”
The report not only affirms Mohawk’s ESG philosophy, but also highlights Mohawk’s comprehensive product portfolio that leads the industry in sustainable technology and product circularity. According to Mohawk, the carpet collections in the US provide consumers with renewable, recycled and partially bio-based fibers while delivering style and performance. In Australia and New Zealand, the traditional range of woolen carpets from Godfrey Hirst is supplemented with Eco+ partially biobased collections.
In commercial flooring, Mohawk Group offers a broad portfolio of Red List-free products and recently launched The Waterways Project. This project promotes river health through cleanup days in the US and includes the introduction of biophilic inspired collections influenced by rivers and riparian landscapes that are attuned to multiple commercial environments.
More than 450 of Mohawk’s floor and wall tile products contain pre- and post-consumer recycled content. Mohawk’s products are primarily made with reclaimed wood fibers and chips from sustainable sources. Each year, Mohawk’s resilient flooring production recovers thousands of tons of PVC materials destined for landfills and transforms the material into the backing for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring.
Mohawk’s European panels business introduced technology to recycle wood fibers from MDF and HDF boards, enabling the company to reuse this material to produce high-performance fiber boards. The process will eventually store 380,000 tons of CO2 per year in wood fibers that have been given a second life.
The report describes how Mohawk uses biofuel, invests in solar and wind energy, reduces water consumption and recovers/recycles waste material to produce high-quality products.
In 2021, Mohawk Group signed The Climate Pledge with a commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, Unilin Group pledged to set targets in line with the Science Based Targets initiative, and Godfrey Hirst obtained Climate Active certification by committing for carbon reduction. All of this is part of the Mohawk’s overall goal to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, publicize scope 3 emissions, and develop science-backed targets by 2024.
“Our digital ESG report provides a comprehensive look at Mohawk’s work around the world, and we invite everyone to review the information online and provide us with feedback,” said Maynard. “We are proud of our journey so far, but we are still listening, learning, growing, testing new ideas and striving for better results. We embrace ambitious goals and are committed to the important work required to achieve them.”