“These goals advance our business priorities by pushing us to discover increasingly more sustainable solutions, which is becoming more important to our customers and other key stakeholders,” CEO Brian Chambers says. “Our employees are energized by the challenge to use their creativity and dedication to achieve these ambitious goals.”
Chief sustainability officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini adds, “The scope and ambition of our sustainability goals have evolved over the years, from an initial focus on reducing our environmental footprint, to our current 2030 aspirations to double the positive impact of our products, halve the negative impact of our operations, eliminate injuries, improve the quality of life for our employees and their families, advance inclusion and diversity, and have a positive impact on our communities.”
A few examples of Owens Corning’s 2030 sustainability goals include:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, in line with guidance to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This goal was approved by the Science Based Target Initiative.
- Sourcing 100% renewable electricity to reduce product embodied carbon.
- Maximizing product sustainability, including circular economy strategies for reduced consumption of virgin materials and increased end-of-life reuse and recycling.
- Building and supporting inclusive and diverse teams that reflect the communities in which they live, work, and serve.
Owens Corning ranked No. 1 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2019 and recently became the first U.S. industrial company to issue a green bond. It was also just named Industry Leader for the DJSI World Building Products group, for the seventh straight year.
“We recognize that our progress to date is simply the baseline for the work that’s ahead of us,” O’Brien-Bernini says. “We are committed to continuously learning, challenging ourselves, collaborating with others, leading, and ultimately, making a material difference.”