Strengthening its commitment to sustainability, Southwire formally announced that it became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in July 2017, an initiative for companies to align strategies and drive operational awareness around universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption and take actions that advance societal goals.
The UN Global Compact is the world’s leading voluntary corporate citizenship initiative, with more than 13,000 signatories in 170 countries. According to the organization, participants pursue a leadership and engagement approach that incorporates all business functions and integrates sustainability into corporate strategy, operations and culture.
“At Southwire, we want to be a company that is sustainable for generations,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire President and CEO. “To do so, we must align with the universal initiatives that ensure our communities around the world continue to prosper and thrive.”
For Southwire, participating in the Compact was a step forward in an ongoing journey to discover, develop and distribute strong and sustainable solutions that exceed the expectations of the company’s stakeholders across the globe.
“Through our partnership with the UN Global Compact, we have the opportunity to share Southwire’s vision as we support collective endeavors toward global progress,” said Jeff Herrin, Southwire’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability, EHS and Quality. “Becoming a signatory of the Compact allows us to form partnerships with those who share a similar vision. We continue to find new ways to expand our strong commitment to a sustainable company and a sustainable world.”
Further building upon the company’s commitment, Southwire recently launched its third sustainability report, written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Guidelines Core option. This interactive, online update on the progress of Southwire’s commitments features the company’s management approach, goals and advancement in its most material, or significant, sustainability topics. The report highlights examples of how Southwire has strengthened its focus in these key areas.
“As we’ve taken meaningful steps to fulfill our goals for the future of our business and our world, our accomplishments have only been possible through the relentless efforts of our Southwire people,” said Stinson. “I am extremely proud to lead this great team as we prepare for the next generation of industry-leading success.”
A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit southwiresustainability.com.