Embedding ECOSMART into our Operations
Stanley Black & Decker’s business strategy compels us to understand, track and continually minimize our environmental impacts. Our ECOSMART culture helps us identify environmentally related strategies that ensure we stay ahead of climate-related influences and reduce the environmental impact of our operations.
Energy Management External Certifications
In 2014, we extended the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard to our global operations, to instill a refreshed awareness to the way we use power within our facilities. Execution of the 50001 standard further embeds our ECOSMART culture by driving employee empowerment and advancing employee skills in energy management.
For our European Union manufacturing facilities, implementing ISO 50001 prepares for the upcoming greenhouse gas emission legislation—the European Union Energy Directive. Our CDIY plant in Usti, the Czech Republic, is the first Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing site to be externally certified to ISO 50001. The CDIY Fastening & Accessory plant in Buechlberg, Germany was also externally certified in 2014.
“Here in Usti, we are committed to minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment we live in. We are incredibly proud to become the first Stanley Black & Decker plant to achieve this accreditation."
Jon Burdin, Plant Manager, Usti
Supplier Social Accountabilityand Sustainability Performance
Stanley Black & Decker has a long-standing policy of working with its Supply Chain to ensure our suppliers are aware of our high expectations when it comes to Social Accountability and Sustainability performance. In 2014, we maintained this important program by auditing 168 suppliers, rating them using a traffic light system, and working with them where we saw opportunities. We remain committed to strengthening our program, by delivering an additional 10 percent improvement in actual audits during 2015 versus 2014.
In 2014, we continued our Supplier Sustainability Program, working with 30 of our top suppliers to gather energy, waste and water data to identify opportunities for improvement in reducing their environmental footprint and improving the bottom line of our suppliers and ourselves through the reduction of energy, waste and water usage.
RECOGNITION – Climate Change Transparency and Actions
In 2014, Stanley Black & Decker was recognized as a leader among S&P 500 companies by the environmental non-profit CDP. This year, for the first time, our company was named to two indices, the CDP Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and the Climate Performance Leadership Index. These recognize the depth and quality of climate change data disclosed to investors, and the actions taken to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change, respectively.
"Achieving the highest attainable score on both the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and Climate Performance Leadership Index reflects the hard work and dedication on the part of all the Stanley Black & Decker associates who instill sustainable thinking into everything that we do. We are honored to lead the S&P 500 with respect not only to our performance, but also to our transparency of disclosure, and we are committed to continuing our legacy of sustainable practices well into the future."
John F. Lundgren, Chairman & CEO, Stanley Black & Decker
Plant and Machinery Optimization in Taiwan
Our CDIY manufacturing facility in Chiro, Taiwan successfully replaced two electroplating lines with a single high efficiency line equipped with a state of the art chrome recycling system. We have driven 78 percent year-over-year reduction in chrome waste generation. The line efficiency and process optimization has also led to a 26 percent reduction in waste plating sludge and an annual reduction of over 13 million gallons in cooling water discharge.
Zero Industrial Liquid Discharge
This year, our CDIY facility in Besançon, France became the first and only site in the county to be recognized as a "Zero Industrial Liquid Discharge" facility. The Government's Water and Sewerage Department, together with various regional representatives, recognized Besançon's ecological achievement in 2014 by signing an official agreement to support, educate and drive similar practices across France.
Packaging Reduction Project
STANLEY Healthcare’s Lincoln, Nebraska operation embarked on a packaging project to reduce the environmental impact to the customer. Best practice sharing within the White Goods industry identified a packaging method that employed an exoskeleton scheme of packaging on larger items, rather than complete encapsulation. This reduced the poundage of packaging for large cabinets by 55 percent. On an annual basis, a reduction of almost 35,000 lbs. of cardboard will be realized.