Calhoun, GA, Dec. 18, 2013 -- For the third consecutive year, Mohawk Industries was honored as the most sustainable flooring manufacturer in the 2013 Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings, the only annual assessment of sustainability practices among the region’s publicly-traded companies.
Mohawk, the world’s largest flooring company, also increased its overall regional rank by two places to just outside the top 10, even as the geographic reach of the rankings was expanded to include both Mississippi and Kentucky for alignment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s regions.
Among Georgia-based companies, Mohawk retained its third place rank, just behind international giants UPS and Coca-Cola, which also ranked at the top of the overall regional list.
Mohawk employs a three-factor strategic approach to sustainability, focusing on the company’s processes, products and people.
Each year the company repurposes approximately three billion pounds of waste material into higher value streams.
Five of the nine ceramic segment manufacturing facilities recover and reuse all of their process waste water.
Eleven of the company’s carpet segment manufacturing plants have achieved an internal “Zero Waste” status.
More than 500 million pounds of biomass is used to fuel the company’s laminate and wood segment operations.
Across all flooring categories, hundreds of the company’s residential and commercial products contain recycled material.
Mohawk also continues to pursue a 25% intensity reduction in energy consumption, greenhouse gases, water use and landfill waste by the year 2020.
The Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings was founded in 2010 by GreenBusiness Works and Mark Callaway Investments.