Johns Manville (JM), a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials, today announced the publication of its 2012 Sustainability Report, We Build Environments. The publication can be viewed in two formats (PDF and e-zine) on the company’s website at www.jm.com/sustainability.
“Our culture of sustainability is a great source of pride for the company and our employees, and we’re pleased to share our progress with our stakeholders,” said Mary Rhinehart, JM president and CEO. “We intend to capitalize on our commitment to sustainability to ensure that we are better prepared to meet both the opportunities and challenges of our dynamic world, and that we continue to deliver safe products that delight our customers.”
The report, which received an Application Level Check by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), presents the company’s approach to sustainability and its progress towards achieving its long-term sustainability goals. In addition to information and case studies associated with energy efficiency, reducing the energy and carbon intensity of its operations, reducing solid waste and increasing use of recycled materials in several areas of its business, the report also highlights the company’s social responsibility in the areas of safety, employee practices and community investment. This year’s report includes 18 fully reported performance indicators applying the GRI 3.1 guidelines.
According to Dr. Tim Swales, Johns Manville’s vice president of corporate research and development and chief sustainability officer, JM can bolster its ability to serve customers sustainably by continually renewing its commitment to innovation.
“At JM, we believe there’s a strong relationship between sustainability and innovation, with one often driving the other,” said Swales. “Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to our key stakeholders, and companies can either choose to embrace this opportunity or ignore it. We’ve chosen to embrace it. Sustainability ensures our business and thought processes are focused on new dimensions of opportunity for future growth.”
About Johns Manville
Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 7,000 people and operates 45 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at www.jm.com.
About the Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) produces a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world to enable greater organizational transparency. The Framework, including the Reporting Guidelines, sets out the Principles and Indicators organizations can use to report their economic, environmental, and social performance. GRI is committed to continuously improving and increasing the use of the Guidelines, which are freely available to the public. For more information, visit www.globalreporting.org.