Owens Corning Sustainability Report: Meeting all seven environmental footprint
goals highlights results
Employees work safer than previous year for the 11th straight time
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 25, 2013
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced
it has successfully achieved all seven of its original environmental footprint
goals, and is making progress toward its 2020 goals. The company released
those results today in its seventh-annual Sustainability Report.
The company also reports its 11^th consecutive year of safety improvement,
including the introduction of a company-wide policy to eliminate cell phone
usage while driving.
"The momentum of our 2012 success is helping us toward our ambitious 2020
goals," said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank
O'Brien-Bernini. "Across our company, these goals inspire innovation,
creativity, external collaboration and broad engagement."
Building on the successes of its first 10-year goals, this is the second year
the company is reporting against its 2020 goals. Introduced in 2011, the
company's 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and further raise the
bar on its commitment to sustainability.
Progress highlights toward the 2020 goals include:
oCompleted several greenhouse gas reduction projects while laying the
groundwork for many others, including diesel-to-natural gas transportation
fuel-switching, fuel cells, waste heat recovery, biomass, solar, and
combined heat and power.
oPartnered with The World Resources Institute on its Aqueduct project to
conduct a global water stress assessment of Owens Corning's global
operations and completed several successful major water use reduction
projects in stressed areas.
oReleased the first Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for fiberglass
insulation in North America.
oDonated enough insulation and roofing material to reroof 283 homes and
insulate more than 1,000 homes for those in need.
oStrengthened our Supplier Code of Conduct (as an integral part of our
supplier management program), as well as our Employee Code of Conduct to
create explicit expectations relative to sustainability.
oAchieved more than 60 percent shingle recycling availability, allowing our
unqualified statement that "Shingles are Recyclable."
oEarned a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC Corporate Equality Index
(each year since 2004) and distributed our own "It Gets Better Project™"
video featuring OC employees sharing their stories in support of
oAchieved listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the third
oAchieved our 11th-consecutive year of safety improvement, punctuated by
the introduction of a company-wide policy to eliminate cell phone usage
oSuccessfully achieved all seven of its first 10-year environmental
footprint goals as of year-end 2012.
"Our accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past
year, but we clearly recognize that we have much more to do on the path to
becoming a more sustainable, and preferably, a net-positive company,"
O'Brien-Bernini said. "As we move forward, we will continue to shrink our
environmental footprint, increase our focus on energy efficiency and
durability solutions, expand and streamline our global environmental
management systems, better meet the growing demand for transparency in
products and increase the level and geographic reach of our community
Owens Corning's 2012 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting
Initiative (GRI) guidelines know as GRI-G3.1. GRI's Sustainability Reporting
Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic,
environmental and social dimensions of an organization's activities, products
The full report and a downloadable summary progress report are available
online at: http://sustainability.owenscorning.com
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and
commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered
materials for composite systems. A Fortune^® 500 company for 59 consecutive
years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering
solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Celebrating its 75^th
anniversary in 2013, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of
glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.2 billion in 2012 and approximately
15,000 employees in 27 countries on five continents. Additional information is
available at: www.owenscorning.com.
SOURCE Owens Corning
Contact: Matt Schroder, 419.248.8987
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