Shaw debuts sustain[HUMAN]ability program

Dalton—Shaw has debuted a program to recognize diverse organizations intently focused on products and initiatives that support the wellbeing of people and the planet. The company’s sustain[HUMAN]ability recognition program, which kicked off with a webinar in conjunction with Sustainable Brands on Oct. 17, will explore what is driving these organization’s varied efforts, the challenges they’ve faced, keys to success and what’s on the horizon.

“At Shaw, we put people at the center of sustainability—what we call sustain[HUMAN]ability,” said Susan Farris, vice president of sustainability and corporate communications. “That’s why we’re focused on the ingredients that go into products and the impacts of sound, moisture and other design elements. There are so many great people and organizations striving to make a positive impact on people and the planet. By showcasing a range of organizations that share our focus on putting people at the heart of their sustainability efforts, we hope others will be inspired to drive change and learn from these organizations’ successes, innovations and challenges.”

The 10 organizations Shaw is recognizing as part of this effort over the coming year are (in alphabetical order):

  • American Family Insurance: One of the nation’s largest property/casualty insurance groups.
  • Eastman: A global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.
  • Harvard University: The oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. 
  • Health Care Without Harm: A nonprofit organization that works to transform health care worldwide to reduce its environmental footprint, become a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.
  • Healthy Building Network (HBN): A nonprofit that has helped define the leading edge of healthy building practices.
  • HeiQ: A leader in textile innovation that helps textile brands and manufacturers quickly identify, target and manufacture novel technologies.
  • Perkins and Will: A global architecture and design firm that ignited an industry movement toward healthy building materials in 2008.
  • Purpose Built Communities: A nonprofit working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty with a focus on creating healthy, thriving neighborhoods.
  • Schott Design: An Indianapolis-based architecture and design firm committed to providing safe, sustainable and healthy workplace solutions.
  • The University of Georgia New Materials Institute: Partners with industry and businesses to design materials that create less waste and are safe for people, animals and Earth.

As part of this recognition program, Shaw will profile these organizations in a blog series beginning in November 2019.

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