In 2018, Tarkett not only reduced its environmental footprint but also contributed positively to global societal challenges, inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and by the 10 principles of UN Global Compact. The non-financial performance statement has been audited by an independent third-party organization, KPMG.
2018 sustainability performance highlights include:
- Material assessment and transparency: 98% of our raw materials – representing more than 3,000 materials – are third-party assessed for their impact on people’s health and the environment based on Cradle to Cradle®criteria.
- Flooring contributing to indoor air quality: 97% of our flooring has low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions, i.e. 10 to 100 times lower than the strictest standards.
- Healthy indoor spaces: By end 2018, 100% of our vinyl production sites in Europe, North America, Serbia and China use non-phthalate plasticizer technologyin flooring.
- Preservation of resources: 70% of our raw materials do not contribute to resource scarcity, being abundant in nature, rapidly renewable or recycled.
- Recycled resources: 134,000 tons of recycled materials are used as raw materials, representing 10% of the volume of purchased raw materials.
- Flooring take back: 102,000 tons of flooring were collected from 2010 to 2018 through ReStart®, Tarkett’s flooring collection program in Europe and North America.
- Climate change: Greenhouse gas emissions (per square meter of manufactured product kgCO2e/m²) were reduced by 8.5% in 2018 versus 2010. 27% of the energy consumption comes from renewable sources, such as biomass, geothermal, solar or purchased ‘green’ electricity.
- Supporting communities: Through Tarkett Cares, the company encourages all employees to spend up to two days per year of their work time on charity initiatives. In 2018, 1,300 employees were involved in 170 initiatives and over €800,000 contributions were made to community initiatives.
- Developing talents: Through Tarkett Academy, over 23,000 professionals or students were trained in flooring installation techniques from 2012 to 2018.