Johns Manville recently completed a comprehensive evaluation of our sustainability practices with EcoVadis. We earned a Silver Medal, which places us in the top 13% in our market. This is a big step in our journey to improve sustainability across our value chain.
We conducted an exclusive interview with Scott Coons, Vice President R&D of Johns Manville. In this interview, we delve into the significance of the EcoVadis rating for Johns Manville and its alignment with the company's core values and sustainability goals. Scott Coons shares valuable insights on the steps taken to enhance sustainability practices and how Johns Manville is making a positive impact on the environment while driving sustainable change.
Join us as we explore the journey of Johns Manville towards a more sustainable future.
5 Questions for Scott Coons,
Vice President R&D at Johns Manville
JM: Why was obtaining the EcoVadis rating important for your organization?
Scott Coons: The EcoVadis rating holds significant importance for us at Johns Manville. With over 160 years of history, we are committed to being a leading manufacturer of premium-quality insulation and commercial roofing, serving diverse industries globally. As a proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family, our dedication to stakeholders is unwavering. We prioritize strong partnerships, a safe workplace, and community well-being. Sustainability is a fundamental principle for us, and the EcoVadis rating validates our efforts and acts as a benchmark for progress. It reinforces our position as a trusted supplier to our customers and emphasizes our commitment to being an exceptional employer of choice.
JM: Does the rating support any larger corporate goals or initiatives?
Scott Coons: Absolutely! The EcoVadis rating is critical to help us continually identify and realize our sustainability goals. We are deeply committed to environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and protecting future generations. By 2025, we aim to reduce waste by 10% and incorporate at least 2 billion pounds of recycled materials. Our vision includes zero serious injuries, workforce diversity, and inspiring employee engagement in community initiatives. We are also focused on developing products with a net positive impact. The EcoVadis rating helps us measure progress, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. It keeps us on track and shows stakeholders our dedication to making a positive difference for the environment and society.
JM: How did Johns Manville perform?
Scott Coons: We are proud to have earned a Silver Medal from EcoVadis, placing us among the top 13% in our market. Our highest performance was in the sustainability assessment themes of Environment and Ethics. This recognition affirms our dedication to environmental responsibility and ethical conduct. When compared to our industry, we have demonstrated commendable sustainability practices that position us favorably. The Silver Medal showcases our commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices, and we will continue striving for continuous improvement across all evaluated areas.
JM: What are your next steps? How will Johns Manville continue to improve over time?
Scott Coons: Our sustainability journey is ongoing. After achieving a Silver Medal, we remain focused on improvement and addressing areas for growth. While we are proud of our performance in Ethics and Environment, we recognize the importance of surpassing industry averages in all areas. We aspire to make a real difference. Our next steps involve collaboration, innovation, and employee involvement. Sustainable practices play a vital role in shaping a better future, and we want every JM team member to understand this. By leveraging our strengths, addressing areas for improvement, and striving for excellence, we will make significant progress in our sustainability efforts. Together, we can create a positive impact that extends beyond our organization.
JM: What advice do you have for other companies seeking to improve sustainability practices?
Scott Coons: My advice is to start by setting clear goals and commitments aligned with values and industry standards. Engage stakeholders at all levels, foster a culture of sustainability, and encourage innovation. Transparency and accountability through regular assessments and reporting are crucial. Collaborate with partners, suppliers, and industry peers to drive meaningful change. Continuously evaluate and improve practices, leveraging emerging technologies and best practices. Remember that sustainability is a journey, and every small step contributes to a greener and more responsible future. As Warren Buffett said, "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it." Let's do things differently and make a positive impact together.
Ready to learn more about Johns Manville's sustainability journey and how we are making a positive impact? Visit our website to discover our latest initiatives, commitments, and achievements in sustainability. Together, let's embrace a greener future and drive sustainable change.
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