When it comes to leaving the world a little cleaner, healthier and more plentiful than how we find it, Haworth believes that we need to manage all our assets with a view toward the future. The result of this thinking is a business model that emphasizes people as much as environmental performance – otherwise known as the triple bottom line.
Climate Change. Haworth was the first in our industry to make a commitment to climate change. Our pledge through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program is to reduce U.S. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent per dollar sales by 2009. Should the U.S. Government choose to regulate GHG emissions, we could be impacted. In the meantime, our GHG emissions continue to decrease and remain low compared to other industries.
Green building is transforming the global construction industry. For Haworth, green building is both an opportunity and obligation. To meet the opportunity, we have evolved from being an office furniture manufacturer into a workspace solutions provider.
Increasingly our teams are involved earlier in the planning and building process, and our engagement has translated into growth. Our obligation is to support growing numbers of mandatory regulations, product certifications and information requirements related to green building and sustainability initiatives. These require at a minimum additional tracking, labeling, documentation, and control requirements. In the long run, it requires change to business as usual for our industry.
More Sustainable Products and Workspaces Haworth is well positioned to meet the demand for more sustainable products. Our approach to product development—life cycle thinking—emphasizes the design of integrated, flexible workspace solutions in addition to stand-alone products. As technology changes how people work, Haworth’s flexible interiors are poised to evolve and help lead change.
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