We are living in times of urgent social and environmental change. As individuals, the design community & societies at large, we are questioning how we can create a better, fairer future. At the heart of Shaw Contract we design products and solutions with our customers in mind. Everybody counts.
We are a human-centric, people-powered organisation.
With an ambition for progress in every fiber of our beings. Time’s up on standing still; we need to be the change we need. So we don’t just stand, we walk forward with purpose and optimism.
Points of Ambition
People and planet are fundamentally connected. Our social and environmental initiatives are inextricably linked.
1. Material Health
Material Health is the framework and process to ensure that a product is made from ingredients that are “safe and healthy to humans and the environment.”
For more than 20 years we have invested in material health with our EcoWorx® PVC-free carpet tile backing, the first flooring product to be Cradle to Cradle Certified®.
And it is Shaw’s goal to have 100% of products Cradle to Cradle Certified by 2030.
All of our resilient LVT products are 100% phthalate-free and Floor Score certified. We continue to invest in PVC-free resilient and hybrid flooring products and innovate new materials including bio-based and other PVC free materials.
Sound Advisor is a patented tool developed by Shaw Industries to analyse and select the best product for clients’ environments based on acoustics. Good sound levels are essential for the health and wellness of people in the space.
2. Circular Economy
We need to eliminate waste products. Circular systems mean waste becomes a valuable resource.
Through the re[TURN]® Reclamation Program and recycling EcoWorx we can make our buildings our future source of raw materials.
That bottle that you recycled yesterday could be in our EcoLogix® backing tomorrow.
EcoLogix® is Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze and offers high post-consumer recycled content — from the green polyester needled pad, improved acoustics, and cushion underfoot.
PET Hybrid is a new flooring material, made from 40% post-consumer PET. This highly durable product is 4 mm thick and can be installed side-by-side with most EcoWorx® carpet tiles with no need for transitions.
3. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We believe all humans are equal. Individually and collectively, we need to proactively create and promote opportunities that give everybody an equal footing in life. We proactively promote accessibility and inclusivity inside our network and beyond. We build bridges, skills and careers with a future workforce development path and associate-led resource groups.
4. Carbon Impact
Our planet has finite resources. We aspire to give back more than we take.
EcoSolution Q100™ is a high performance nylon fiber with 100% pre-consumer content.* Products with EcoSolution Q100™ have low embodied carbon as reflected in the EC3 tool and are carbon neutral.
We also have reduced our greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 40% compared to 2010 (per kilogram of finished product).
As a result of Shaw’s investments to help reduce our energy and GHG impact, we have cut our Scope 1 & 2 emissions by more than half since our 2010 baseline.
Shaw has achieved carbon neutrality in our commercial carpet operations (since 2018).
Shaw Contract joined this momentous effort in September 2018, and we report our progress annually.
In 2013, Shaw installed a 1 megawatt solar array atop its carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, GA (Plant 15), which generates enough clean energy to power 100 homes in Georgia annually.