Today, Andersen Windows has set the sustainability bar higher for its competitors in the window industry by publishing the company’s and industry’s first ever corporate sustainability report (CSR). The Andersen Corporation is the largest manufacturer of windows and doors in North America and it is likely that their CSR, which used the 2002 Global Reporting Intiativie (GRI) Guidelines, will spur other companies to follow suit and publish an annual sustainability report.
Highlights from the inaugural Andersen Corporation Corporate Sustainability Report (PDF) include:
- Energy efficiency projects have saved the company more than $3 million in energy costs
- Received the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award for receiving the Energy Star Partner of the Year, Product Manufacturer award for three consecutive years
- Bayport Steam Plant provides all of the heating and cooling power for the 2.5 million square foot Bayport facility
- Primary source of fuel for the Bayport Steam Plant is the sawdust generated during the on-site milling process
Companies don’t just look to the past in a CSR, goals for the future are also a big part of the report. Jim Weglewski, director of corporate quality and sustainability at Andersen Corporation, listed the company's four main sustainability strategies for the future:
- Procure responsible materials in a responsible manner
- Minimize the impact of manufacturing and distribution
- Continue to build durable and energy efficient products
- Foster a sustainability-minded corporate culture
Weglewski concluded his introduction by saying, “Successful, established companies take a long-term approach to planning. Privately-held companies have the unique ability to look beyond quarterly reports to see what’s best for the long-term stability of the company, its people and the environment. At Andersen, our 100-year history guides us as we seek sustainable solutions beyond our own walls.”
I commend the Andersen Corporation for stepping up and publicly sharing its sustainability achievements even though it wasn’t facing pressure from shareholders and other stakeholders to do so. May this be the first of many sustainability reports from the industry.