Southwire maintains a deep commitment to growing our business in an environmentally responsible manner. We recognize that our planet’s natural resources are finite and that our success depends on conscientious use of these resources. To this end, our core operations integrate environmental priorities, detailed in this report. Click the links below for Southwire’s management approach and performance in each topic.

We are proud to report our progress against our 2021 sustainability goals in this 2018 Sustainability Report. Our Growing Green goal and metrics include:


 

2021 SUSTAINABILITY GOALS & TARGETS

Achieve top decile DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Index) performance in operational eco-efficiency
TARGET   2016 BASELINE* 2017 STATUS* 2018
Reduce energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 15% through conservation and the use of renewable energy by 2021 Energy Intensity (kWh/ton)  1,100
 
1,038

 1,061

 

GHG Emissions Intensity (metric tons of CO2e/ton)    0.39  0.38 0.38 
Achieve zero operational waste to landfill status at all locations by year-end 2017 and maintain status with growth through 2021   74% 100% 100
Further reduce water intensity by 10% over 2016 baseline by 2021  Gallons/Ton 225 227  209
*2016 baseline and 2017 status values were revised to reflect corrections to site production numbers following the implementation of SAP, which altered the intensity calculation.
Does not include sites acquired in 2016 (Sumner and UCI), 2017 (DCN) and 2018 (ProBuilt and Garvin).

DJSI is considered the “gold standard” for corporate sustainability performance. Achieving top decile performance within the Electrical Components & Equipment sector will help us to outperform our current and future competitors. In 2018, we completed our initial response to RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment, the DJSI questionnaire and received our baseline scorecard. We intend to respond again in 2020 after implementing initiatives to address their feedback. This includes establishing annual reduction targets for volatile organic compound air emissions and hazardous waste generation.