Andersen Publishes Sustainability Report
Andersen Corp. has issued its 2011 Corporate Sustainability Report, a first for the company. Prepared with reference to the 2002 Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines, the document summarizes the window and door manufacturer's approach to sustainable business practices in the areas of 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.”
Andersen’s report includes a summary of the company’s philanthropic efforts, such as its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, donating energy efficient windows, sponsoring homes, and encouraging employee volunteer support. And, recognizing the impact a healthy, engaged workforce can have in helping the company meet future sustainability goals, the report also features information on key employee programs that contribute to the company’s overall health. Achievements highligted in the report include:
- Reducing energy impact by 22 percent over the last 5 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. This award recognizes the fact that Andersen has been chosen as an Energy Star Partner of the Year in the window manufacturer category for three consecutive years.
- 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,” states 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.”
Andersen’s legacy of corporate sustainability can be traced back to the company’s early days to minimize production waste, standardize window frames, and responsibly manage materials, officials note. Today, 99 percent of manufacturing materials at its Bayport, Minn., plant are said to be beneficially used.
“Our founder, Hans Andersen, believed in the philosophy of All Together,” explains Weglewski. “This report captures that spirit alive in everyone at our company as we work together to achieve our business goals in harmony with our values of integrity, excellence, innovation, partnership, and corporate citizenship.”