As a leader in the building materials industry, James Hardie is committed to creating long-term sustainable value for everyone connected to our organisation. Our commitment to sustainability includes not only our efforts to promote efficient manufacturing processes, but also our commitment to become a world-class safety organisation and positively impact the communities in which we operate. At James Hardie, we embrace our corporate commitment to sustainability and seek to build on the significant progress toward these important goals.
We understand that efficient and sustainable manufacturing processes are critical to our success. Many of our customers require that their product suppliers retain an ISO 14001 certification, a voluntary accreditation process in which the International Organization for Standardization certifies that a party has met certain substantive qualifications that signify excellence in environmental management. Three of our largest facilities continue to maintain this globally recognised external certification and all of our manufacturing locations implement ISO 14001 best practices in compliance with our global environmental policy, a copy of which is available in the library section on this website. Areas of manufacturing sustainability include programs focusing on:
- Resource Conservation and Waste Minimisation – Initiatives within our US and Asia Pacific operations include enhanced water reuse and raw material recycling efforts, as well as the retrofitting the lighting in our manufacturing facilities with new, highly energy efficient LED lights and the piloting of solar panels at our Carole Park facility.
- Raw Materials – We continue to source the majority of the raw materials used in our manufacturing process from local or regional suppliers in close proximity to our manufacturing facilities reducing the distance traveled in the procurement of such materials. This consideration is also incorporated into our long-term planning when identifying future manufacturing locations.
- Transportation Footprint – Our manufacturing facilities are strategically located in those areas of the world nearest to our key markets, minimising the overall shipping distances of our products.
- Emissions Reductions – We have implemented effective environmental control systems at each facility worldwide, reducing our overall emissions profile
“Operate with Respect” is a core value at James Hardie globally and reflected in our approach to Social Responsibility. Through our Charitable Program, we seek to have a positive social impact in the communities where we operate and in our markets by actively participating in charitable and humanitarian activities and projects. Every employee and each of our facilities is encouraged to support local charitable efforts that align with the company’s dual vision of meeting the basic needs of at-risk individuals and families by helping them gain stability and become self-sufficient and enhancing a community’s vitality through the support of organisations that serve our communities or create and foster economic and environmental vitality. Our commitment can be in the form of matching financial gifts made and time volunteered by our employees, as well as through the donation of James Hardie products.
In fiscal year 2017, the company and its employees contributed nearly $3,000,000 in monetary and product donations to 67 organisations in the United States including:
- Habitat For Humanity, a global nonprofit housing organisation working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world.
- Cope Environmental Center, an organisation located in Centerville, Indiana that educates thousands of kids a year through its school and nature programs, received donated product that was installed on the organisation’s new Kid’s Nature Center where children of all ages can learn about different aspects of environmental science.
- Calgary Homeless Foundation, an organisation located in Calgary, Alberta in Canada that works with the local community to provide the resources and infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the homeless community, received donated product that was installed on area homes that re-house members of the local homeless community.
- Happy Hallow Children’s Camp, an organisation located in Central Indiana that provides disadvantaged children the opportunity to spend time away from the city in a natural setting to develop self-sufficiency skills, received donated product for their 60-year old main cabin.
- Queretaro Institute for Children, an organisation located in Laredo, Texas that provides early education programs for local low-income pre-school children between the ages 3 and 6, received donated product for a new pre-school
- World Vision, we continued to support the organisation with product donations needed to restore the homes of individuals in communities impacted by the floods in the Pacific Northwest and Virginia.
- Lower Nine Organisation a community group that represents New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, which is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, continues to receive donated product from James Hardie for home restorations.
In addition, we continue to participate in projects supporting our disabled and homeless veterans.
Environmental Management Principles
Key Environmental Principles
- Use renewable and recyclable resources
- Conserve water, resources and energy
- Minimise waste
- Protect the environment
We maintain a comprehensive environmental management system that is consistent with our stated environmental policy and designed to help reduce our global environmental impact. Whenever possible, we seek to use renewable and recyclable resources, practice appropriate conservation techniques and take steps to protect the environment against pollution. For example, water usage forms a critical part of the fiber cement manufacturing process and is reused at least four times before being treated and released. During fiscal year 2017, we have undertaken efforts to enhance water reuse by partnering with local business that can further reuse waste water produced during our manufacturing process.
In addition we continue to successfully reintroduce raw material components back into our process and have developed resource applications for our byproducts for use in the manufacture of cement and road based products. Our goal is to continuously improve the effective use of natural resources and energy efficiency of our operations by setting objectives, targets, and programs for improvement.
We are also committed to reporting and tracking our carbon footprint through voluntary participation in the globally recognised Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). We will make our initial submission in June 2017. Participation in the CDP will allow us to track our progress on key environmental indicators such as manufacturing and transportation related carbon reduction efforts and energy efficiency. Other initiatives in the coming fiscal year include a transition to the new ISO14001-2015 certification standard and the selection and implementation of a new Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Management System platform which will enhance our ability to track key EHS metrics on a real-time basis.