Shaw Releases 2018 Sustainability Report

Dalton, GA, August 1, 2019-Shaw has released its 2018 sustainability report. The report emphasizes the company’s efforts to sustain[HUMAN]ability, an endeavor to put people at the heart of its sustainability efforts-addressing planetary health and human experience at the same time. 

The report exemplifies how Shaw is responding to the evolving sustainability landscape through its ongoing initiatives and key accomplishments:

● Continued its 20-year commitment to Cradle to Cradle principles providing a framework that focuses on material health and the ingredients that go into products-in addition to material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness. Almost 90% of the products Shaw makes are Cradle to Cradle Certified.

● Reduced energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) impact, cutting Scope 1 and 2 emissions in half from 2010 baseline.

● Achieved carbon neutrality in commercial carpet manufacturing operations globally.

● Began operating a Combined Heat & Power plant at its Columbia, South Carolina fiber production facility, which reduces the plant’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 26,000 metric tons-an impact equal to removing almost 5,500 passenger vehicles from the road each year.

● Joined the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as part of the momentous Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

● Incorporated the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into its more robust sustainable sourcing policy.

● Recycled almost one billion pounds of carpet since 2006.

● Recycled more than 24 billion bottles at Clear Path Recycling since 2009.

● Invested more than $1.5 billion in new and existing facilities in the U.S. over the past five years.

● Provided more than 1.3 million training hours for its associates.

● In conjunction with associates, donated more than $6.5 million to non-profit organizations.


In 2018, Shaw engaged Framework, LLC, a sustainability consulting firm, to update its materiality assessment, (first conducted in 2014) to ensure sustainability priorities and goals align with current market expectations. This process identified ten high priority (material) issues for Shaw stakeholders and leadership (in alphabetical order): 

● Climate Change and GHGs

● Customer Satisfaction

● Product End of Life

● Product Environmental Impact (Manufacturing)

● Product Human Impact (Use)

● Product Innovation

● Supply Chain Management

● Sustainability Marketing

● Talent Management

● Transparency and Product Disclosures

In the year ahead, Shaw will identify or adjust goals to align with this priority items.

Shaw’s sustainability report follows the Global Reporting Initiative framework. Read or download Shaw’s 2018 Sustainability Report at


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