Mohawk releases new ESG Report
Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk’s 13th Annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report highlights the company’s internal and external partnerships that drive its commitment to create a brighter future together. The report is now available online.
“During Climate Week NYC, we announced a unique partnership with the International Future Living Institute (IFLI) and shared stories of Mohawk’s progress in reducing carbon emissions; supplying more CO2-neutral products; reducing our water consumption through advanced manufacturing processes and optimizing the circularity of products,” said Malisa Maynard, vice president of sustainability at Mohawk.
According to the company, that theme of partnerships and sharing good ideas continues in Mohawk’s new ESG report, which features stories about people, products and processes from around the world. The report provides detailed data on Mohawk’s sustainability initiatives and highlights the impact of new and ongoing projects.
“While our report covers environmental, social and governance issues, the commitment to be part of the solution to climate change is paramount,” Maynard said. “Across the enterprise, Mohawk is implementing a decarbonization strategy through measurable, science-based targets.”
In 2021, three of Mohawk’s business units took on climate-related commitments. Mohawk Group signed The Climate Pledge to reach net zero carbon by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement timeline. In July 2022, Unilin Group submitted its emissions reduction targets for validation and approval by the Science Based Targets initiative. Godfrey Hirst has achieved carbon neutrality certification through the Australian government’s Climate Active program. These steps are all part of the overall company goal to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, disclose scope 3 emissions and develop science-backed targets by 2024, the company said.
For the end user, Mohawk said its ESG report reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainable products that help conserve natural resources and support better living and working environments.
Mohawk’s residential carpet collections offer consumers renewable (wool), recycled (EverStrand polyester from billions of plastic bottles), and bio-based (SmartStrand) fiber options, while delivering unsurpassed style and performance. In commercial flooring, Mohawk Group offers the industry’s largest portfolio of Red List Free products and, according to the company, has achieved by far the lowest water consumption in carpet tile production.
According to Mohawk, more than 99% of the company’s ceramic floor and wall tile collections contain recycled or reclaimed materials. In North America, Dal-Tile said its ceramic tile plants recover and reuse wastewater generated during the manufacturing process, preventing 125 million gallons from entering local municipal water treatment facilities.
Each year, Mohawk’s production of resilient flooring for domestic use reclaims thousands of tons of PVC materials destined for landfills and transforms the material into the backing for beautiful luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floors, with commercial LVT using 100% post-industrial recycled content, according to the company.
Over 90% of the wood used in Mohawk’s US premium laminate flooring is recycled material. The company said its floors are sustainably sourced from well-managed forests.
In addition to product and process improvements, Mohawk remains focused on reinvesting team members around the world through award-winning training and development programs. Mohawk also said it will continue to provide access to affordable health care through on-site, near-site and virtual clinics, which contain resources to support mental health needs. This year’s report revisits women in leadership and presents a grassroots Dal-Tile initiative that creates mentorship opportunities to build the next generation of leaders.
“We are proud of everything our team members around the world are achieving as we pursue ambitious goals in many areas,” said Maynard. “Our progress towards our goals has been substantial as we have worked together to find innovative solutions to improve our performance. We recognize that we still have a lot of work to do and we continue to listen and learn as we strive for continuously better results. We welcome feedback on the ESG report as part of our ongoing efforts to improve and grow.”