Andersen Corp. Publishes First Corporate Sustainability ReportJune 26th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
Andersen Corp. announced today it has published its 2011 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), a first for the company. Available online and in print by request, the report was prepared with reference to the 2002 Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines and provides a summary of the company’s approach to sustainable business practices from three facets: corporate citizenship, environmental stewardship and product development.
“The CSR is about transparency and accountability. It measures our progress as a company and challenges us to continue to do more each year,” says Jim Weglewski, director of corporate quality and sustainability at Andersen. “If you take a look at our company history, it’s clear that sustainability is not a fad for us; it’s in our DNA. Our company culture has taught us that success is a lot more than just selling great products; it’s about making a positive impact.”
According to the announcement, Andersen’s legacy of corporate sustainability can be traced back to its early days to minimize production waste, standardize window frames, and responsibly manage materials.
Achievements detailed in the report include:
• Reducing energy impact by 22 percent over the last five years; and, from 2007 to 2011, the corporation realized more than $3 million in energy savings due to energy reduction projects, behavioral changes and production volume;
• Receiving the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in 2012, which recognizes Andersen as an Energy Star Partner of the Year Product Manufacturer, Windows Category, for three consecutive years; and
• The Andersen Corporate Foundation has donated more than $50 million to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Andersen employees live and work.
“Our reputation is built on quality products manufactured responsibly,” adds Weglewski. “And our commitment to sustainability goes beyond the energy-efficient products we make. It also encompasses how we source our materials, our efforts to decrease the impact our operations have on the planet, and how we engage our employees in the process.”