Johns Manville 2013 Sustainability Report Reflects Progress on Areas of Focus

Johns Manville (JM), a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials, today announced the publication of its 2013 Sustainability Report, “We Build Environments.” The publication is available in two formats (PDF and e-zine) on the company’s website at

“JM’s sustainability efforts have been rooted in our culture since the beginning of our company over 155 years ago, and continue to grow,” said Mary Rhinehart, JM president and CEO. “We are pleased with the progress we made in 2013, but we know that we still have a lot of work to do to be the company we want to be. We are driven to seek out innovative solutions to help us achieve our sustainability goals and continue to deliver a powerful and positive JM Experience to our stakeholders worldwide.”

“Sustainability touches nearly everything we do and is a key business lever,” said Dr. Tim Swales, Johns Manville’s vice president of corporate research and development and chief sustainability officer. “As seen in the 2013 report, our integrated approach between sustainability and innovation is paying off as we continue to make strides in improving our products and practices to minimize our environmental impact. Sustainability is a journey, but we’re well on our way.”

The “We Build Environments” report presents the company’s approach to building sustainable solutions for the future and shows its progress towards accomplishing its long-term sustainability goals. The report shares information and case studies associated with energy efficiency, reducing the energy and carbon intensity of operations, reducing solid waste, and increasing use of recycled materials in several areas of the business. The company’s social responsibility in the areas of safety, employee practices and community investment is also recapped. In addition to leadership messages from Mary Rhinehart and Tim Swales, the report includes an introductory message from Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s Chairman of the Board.

The 2013 publication marks the third year that JM has reported its sustainability efforts and progress to provide transparent information related to topics of interest to the company and to its stakeholders. The report received a B-Level Application Level Check by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and includes 22 fully reported performance indicators applying the GRI 3.1 guidelines.

About Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building and specialty products. 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. Johns Manville employs approximately 7,000 people and operates 45 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at

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