Owens Corning Sustainability Report: Footprint reduction and handprint
expansion point toward a net-positive future
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 1, 2014
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced
significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals,
and declared its intentions to expand its handprint beyond the walls of its
facilities. The company released those results today in its eighth annual
The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products,
market-leading work to drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements
across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their
families and their communities.
"Dedicating time and energy to achieving our sustainability goals, expanding
our handprint, is one way we are striving to be better, every day, as a
company," said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank
O'Brien-Bernini. "This effort includes the products we offer, collaborating
with customers to increase the positive impact of those products in the world
and productively engaging in our communities."
The report also highlights Owens Corning's distinction as the winner of the
exclusive Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council for
leadership and progress in safety.In 2013, the company extended its
industry-leading track record of safety achievement with performance
comparable to 2012.
Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is
the third 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.
"Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we
have made this past year," O'Brien-Bernini said. "We've received growing
interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting. It has led us
to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we
hadn't considered before."
Highlights of 2013 include:
oCommissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York
at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.
oRecycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America,
representing approximately 10 percent of the market.
oDoubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel),
paving the way to run 15 percent Natural Gas Miles in 2014; the goal is 50
percent by 2020.
oSigned the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address
climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy
Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.
oAssisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and
roofing materials for their homes.
oImpacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing
nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.
Owens Corning's 2013 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 60 consecutive
years, and in business for more than 75 years, Owens Corning is a
market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion
in 2013 and about 15,000 employees in 27 countries. Additional information is
available at www.owenscorning.com.
SOURCE Owens Corning
Contact: Matt Schroder, 419.248.8987
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