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Collaborative Effort in Atlanta Helps Owens Corning Turn Recyclables Into Insulation

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Glass can be recycled over and over, which means it has great potential for the circular economy. Recycled glass can be reused to make new glass containers and fiberglass insulation, reducing waste. In fact, did you know Owens Corning fiberglass insulation contains 53-73% recycled glass?

Speaking of Sustainability: A Plant Leader's Take on Owens Corning's Safety Culture

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Throughout his career, Flavio Striseo has made ensuring an accident-free environment a priority. As a plant leader at our facility in Besana, Italy, Flavio feels real accountability when it comes to keeping his fellow employees safe. He recognizes the importance of having the right processes and equipment in place, and then inspiring people to adhere to safe practices. Flavio’s insights here demonstrate that commitment, and they’re right in line with the principles that drive Owens Corning on our March to Zero incidents.

Owens Corning's Material Sustainability Topics

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The following issues serve as Owens Corning’s Material Sustainability Topics. They were selected after close review of the company’s prior work on sustainability and materiality, research into best practices, examination of peer companies within our industry, and interviews with subject matter experts. Each topic is discussed in more detail in the corresponding chapter of this report.

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The following issues serve as Owens Corning’s Material Sustainability Topics. They were selected after close review of the company’s prior work on sustainability and materiality, research into best practices, examination of peer companies within our industry, and interviews with subject matter experts. Each topic is discussed in more detail in the corresponding chapter of this report.

Owens Corning: Materiality & Stakeholder Engagement

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In 2020, we conducted a refresh of the 2019 Materiality Assessment, in which we sought to confirm the continued relevance of the existing Material Topics and their relative positioning within the materiality matrix visuals for the company as a whole and broken out by region. The refresh and review process can be described in three steps:

Owens Corning: Progress on Environmental Footprint Goals

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2030 Goals for Energy Efficiency & Sourcing Renewable Energy

By 2030: We will be sourcing 100% renewable electricity

Purchasing electricity only from renewable sources is a key part of our effort to halve our greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing energy use overall through energy efficiency improvements in our processes is another important strategy. 

Owens Corning's Product Handprint: 2030 Sustainability Targets and Progress

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2030 GOALS FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

By 2030: Establish viable circular economy business models involving our materials and how they are used by collaborating up and down the supply chain, with customers, suppliers, communities, academics, policy makers, government entities, and other organizations.

Increase recycled content and decrease virgin raw materials used in our products.

Owens Corning’s Social Handprint: Inspiring Healthy Living

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Health & Wellness

We set an ambitious aspiration to eliminate all lifestyle induced disease in our employees and their families. And, although we did not have a 2020 Sustainability (metrics-based) Goal directly related to health and wellness, efforts in this area have been an important part of our journey in pursuit of our aspiration.

Helping ensure that our employees and their families thrive, over the past decade we:

Country's Oldest Female WWII Veteran From Ludlow Receives New Roof

by: Katrina Kincade
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The oldest living World War II female veteran in the U.S. received a brand new roof on her Ludlow home as part of a veterans assistance program.

The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project donates the material and Vista Home Improvement donated the labor.

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Owens Corning’s Social Handprint: Safety and Company Culture

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Living Safely

2020 Goal:

  • Create a workplace free of injury or illness.

Safety has been a primary focus of our culture for two decades, always driven by the aspiration of zero injuries. Many of our plants have had long periods without injuries occurring, so we know that our aspiration is possible. In addition, we have been successful in integrating safety into our acquisitions, rapidly improving their safety performance to be consistent with our legacy operations.

Owens Corning Awarded 2021 National Association of Manufacturers “Manufacturing Leadership Award” for Environmental Sustainability Innovation

FOAMULAR® NGX™ extruded polystyrene earned “High Achiever” recognition for highest score in Sustainability Leadership category
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Owens Corning has been recognized as a 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Award recipient for its outstanding achievement in material science innovation supporting environmental sustainability. Additionally, Owens Corning was named a “High Achiever” for receiving the highest score among awardees in the “Sustainability Leadership” category.

The innovation – FOAMULAR® NGX™ (Next Generation Extruded) extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation – reflects Owens Corning’s goal to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. FOAMULAR®

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