Interface, Inc. CEO Shares Five Sustainability Successes Achieved in Past Year
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) April 21, 2011 – ATLANTA – Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA), the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, believes that Earth Day is an important time for individuals and organizations to consider environmental impacts. Today, the company is revealing highlights made over the past year in reducing its own negative impacts on the earth to demonstrate ways other companies can achieve progress toward sustainability. Among the top accomplishments heralded by Interface President and CEO Dan Hendrix: advancements in recycling and diverting used products from landfills; cumulative reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; committing to greater transparency in the form of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs); and educating employees and other stakeholders about the benefits of sustainability.
“Sustainability as a destination is an infectious goal at Interface and a positive force,” said Hendrix. “It’s woven into nearly every aspect of our business, proven out economically over the long-term and changed how we think, operate, communicate and interact. Over the past 12 months, we have made remarkable strides in several areas that all directly tie into our sustainability journey and progress.”
After tracking global environmental and social effects over the last 17 years, Interface continues to move away from a take-make-waste industrial model, toward a sustainable business inspired by nature. The company considers indicators such as its physical waste, energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption to be crucial to understanding its progress toward sustainability and challenges ahead. The organization’s journey is driven by research and development in manufacturing processes and product innovation. Interface also considers the significance of social capital and investment in people, including the company’s employees and local community members, as critical components for advancement.
“By pointing to progress we hope to serve as an example of what innovation and real change can mean for organizations, for future generations and for the environment,” said Hendrix. According to Hendrix, this year’s accomplishments fall within strategic areas where the company has made significant progress toward sustainability and include the following:
5. Compelling example of culture inspired by sustainability. Through a project called "Together We Can Reuse It," Interface employees in Thailand demonstrated waste recycling by creating an inventive new purpose for waste yarn—turning the material into knitted dolls. Employees made and sold dolls, generating proceeds that were then donated to a non-profit foundation. Interface expanded the project beyond the company to benefit the local community in Thailand’s Surin province by teaching the craft to community members, providing them with a new potential source of income.
Individuals, businesses and organizations can learn more about Interface and how the company is tracking its environmental impact and progress by visiting http://www.interfaceglobal.com/Newsroom/Press-Releases.aspx.
Established in 1973, Interface, Inc. (IFSIA) is the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, manufactured for the commercial and institutional markets under the InterfaceFLOR® brand, and for residential markets as FLOR®. The company is also a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial broadloom under the Bentley Prince Street® brand.