DALTON, Ga.–Continuing its climb in the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings, which rates Georgia-based companies for sustainable practices in the Southeast, Mohawk Industries placed third this year, two spots higher than last year. For the second straight year in the rankings, Mohawk leads the flooring industry.
The 2012 Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings were announced during a ceremony at Atlanta’s Carter Center yesterday. In addition to Mohawk, other Georgia companies recognized included UPS and Coca-Cola, ranking first and second, respectively.
“This ranking is a true testament to the hard work and determination of each one of our associates,” said Bill Kilbride, chief sustainability officer for Mohawk. “We have outlined very aggressive corporate
sustainability goals, and the entire Mohawk team remains steadfast in their commitment to help us achieve them. I am incredibly proud of their efforts and delighted that the 2012 Southeastern Corporate
Sustainability Rankings reflect our yearly progress in becoming a more sustainable company.”
The Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings evaluate companies on a variety of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. To be considered, companies must be publicly traded on a major global exchange, have a minimum market capitalization of $100 million as of June 30, 2010, and have produced a publicly available corporate sustainability report. Mohawk’s sustainability strategy includes diverting up to three billion pounds of waste material from landfills, and more than 500 Mohawk products contain some type of recycled material. Mohawk also continues to pursue a 25 percent intensity reduction in energy consumption, greenhouse gases, water use and landfill waste by the year 2020.
“Mohawk had a very impressive year as a sustainability leader,” said Stephanie Armistead, co-founder of the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings. “Mohawk is an example of the results a company can expect when they commit the level of innovation and resources Mohawk has to advancing sustainability. Their leadership is due to many factors and their advancement in the rankings this year was evident across all categories of performance. “