Southwire publishes sustainability reports annually; our current sustainability report covers calendar year 2017 for all information provided. As a private company, we proudly share our sustainability journey and progress in this report, which has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.
In late 2017 and early 2018, Southwire completed our second materiality assessment. Through this process, we recategorized several topics and reorganized content covered in our previous sustainability reports. We also identified several new material topics—Water & Wastewater, Customer Health & Safety, and Financial Performance—which we cover for the first time in this report.
To demonstrate our commitment to the Global Reporting Initiative principles for defining report quality, we had the operational eco-efficiency data for our environmental metrics (i.e., water use, waste disposal, and energy use) in this report externally assured for the first time. Because of recommendations from the third-party verification firm, we restated our 2016 data for these metrics. This 2016 data will serve as the baseline for our 2021 operational eco-efficiency sustainability targets.
We published our most recent report, covering calendar year 2016, in June 2017. Since launching our 2016 report, Southwire acquired DCN Cables of Youngsville, N.C., and has moved operations at the Southwire Dallas Customer Service Center in Arlington, Texas, to the company’s facility in Denton, Texas. Other than employee headcount, no other 2017 data is included for DCN. Southwire also announced the expansion of our distribution facilities in the West Georgia area.
If you have any questions or comments about this report, please contact Jeff Herrin, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, EHS & Quality at email@example.com.