We will reduce our environmental footprint, even as we grow. By so doing, we will not only sustain our business, but we also will help sustain the communities in which we work and the world in which we live.

Southwire maintains a deep commitment to growing our business in an environmentally responsible manner. We recognize that natural resources are finite and that we need to be good stewards of these resources. To this end, our core operations integrate the environmental priorities detailed in this report.


In 2016, Southwire developed five new goals to enhance our sustainability performance. Our Growing Green goal and metrics include:


Achieve top decile DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Index) performance in
operational eco-efficiency in the Electrical Components & Equipment sector.
  • Reduce energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 15% through conservation and the use of renewable energy by 2021.
  • Achieve zero operational waste to landfill status at all locations by year-end 2017 and maintain status with growth through 2021.
  • Further reduce water intensity by 10% over 2016 baseline by 2021.

DJSI is considered the “gold standard” for corporate sustainability performance. An emphasis on operational eco-efficiency directly translates into low operating costs and sound environmental protection practices. Achieving top decile performance within the Electrical Components & Equipment sector will demonstrate Southwire’s commitment to be a leader in protecting our environment.

We will begin reporting our progress against these goals in our 2017 Sustainability Report.

2016 Sustainability Scorecard

Southwire’s previous sustainability goals were retired at the end of 2016. Below, we report our progress on these goals for the final time.

Goals 2016 Baseline
Implement ISO 14001 or equivalent environmental management systems at locations world-wide by YE 2020. 12/39 (31%) 0/36
Achieve zero-landfill status at all locations by YE 2017. 1,039 tons (94% improvement)* 17,017 tons
Increase energy efficiency from 2010 baseline by 10% by YE 2020. 8.65 Adj. MMBtu/ton (8% improvement)* 9.40 Adj. MMBtu/ton
Increase water use efficiency from 2010 baseline by 10% by YE 2020. 205 gal/ton (24% improvement)* 269 gal/ton
Provide customers with environmental impact data for our products through the development of Environmental Product Declarations for top 25 products in key markets by YE 2018. Program on hold
Offer key customers recycling and/or like-kind exchange programs for processing end-of-life Southwire products by YE 2016. Strategy underway Limited customers
Publicly report sustainability data consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Complete
*From normal daily operations.