Shaw Releases Fifth Sustainability Report

Dalton, GA, July 12, 2013 -– Shaw Industries has released its 2012 corporate sustainability report.

Shaw said that key highlights from the report – titled Looking Ahead – include:

Reclaiming and recycling more than 600 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006;

Surpassing 60% of Shaw products being Cradle to Cradle Certified;

Achieving LEED certification for three additional facilities;

Reducing water intensity by 33.7% since 2006;

Providing 56,196 associate volunteer hours and more than $2 million in contributions to community causes;

Breaking ground on a manufacturing facility in Nantong, China to serve the thriving Asia market – representative of the company’s efforts to produce products locally.

Shaw also said it has introduced new environmental performance goals.

Shaw’s 2030 environmental performance goals include:

Reducing energy intensity 40%;

Reducing total waste to landfills 100%;

Reducing hazardous waste 100%;

Reducing water intensity 50%;

Achieving an OSHA incidence rate of zero;

Designing 100% of products to Cradle to Cradle protocols.

Shaw will report its progress toward these goals through the company’s annual sustainability report.

Shaw’s 2012 report marks the fifth year the company has published an annual corporate sustainability report. The report was prepared at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 3.1 Application Level B for transparency and disclosure.

The report received an application level check by the Global Reporting Initiative. It also received an independent assurance review by Deloitte and Touche LLP to achieve the GRI B+ level.

The report can be accessed online at

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