June 26, 2012
Andersen Corporation has published its 2011 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), which is a first for the company.
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. Today, 99 percent of Andersen’s Bayport manufacturing materials are beneficially used. For example, its steam plant in Bayport, Minn. supplies the entire heating and cooling demand for the 2.5 million square foot facility, and some of its manufacturing power. The primarily boiler is fueled by sawdust collection from Andersen’s onsite milling operations.
Achievements detailed 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 Andersen as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Product Manufacturer, Windows 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.
“The CSR is about transparency and accountability. It measures our progress as a company and challenges us to continue to do more each year,” said 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.
To access the full report, visit Andersen’s eco-focused “In Our Nature” blog.