Growing Green

Sustainability at Southwire

We aim to reduce our environmental footprint, even as we sustain our business and the communities in which we live and work. We recognize that our success depends on the conscientious use of the finite resources of our planet, and we maintain a deep commitment to responsible growth and actively integrating environmental priorities into our core operations. 

Our Approach

Across Southwire, we prioritize meaningful environmental action and sustainable best practices to help secure a vibrant future for our business and future generations. We engage our global sites and teams to monitor and reduce our environmental impact. Our Carbon Zero objective drives us to reduce Southwire’s emissions by increasing our use of renewable energy and minimizing the energy we consume. We know proactive action to protect our environment and climate is critical to ensuring that Southwire can continue to fulfill its mission for the next 100 years.

Goal for Scope 3 emissions reductions established

5% reduction in annual energy consumption achieved in 2022

$200,000+ in annual savings and 78,000+ pounds of plastic diverted from landfills through plastic reel recovery and reuse initiative

$16,900+ in annual savings and 54,000+ pounds of plastic diverted from landfills through use of Vanish® Stretch-film at Carrollton Building Wire plant

Waste minimization efforts underway at Heflin, Alabama, facility

10% annual water usage reduction at El Paso, Texas, plant

Our Carbon Zero Objective

Our Carbon Zero objective is to achieve 100% carbon neutral energy for our operations by 2025 (against a 2018 baseline). With the need for climate action more urgent than ever before, we’re energized to tackle our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all three scopes. In 2022, we raised the bar by establishing our first Scope 3 emissions reduction goal.

Learn more about our collaborations with suppliers, customers, and others to reduce our carbon footprint and work toward our Carbon Zero objective. 

2025 Goal

Achieve 100% carbon neutral energy for our operations

Seven Ways We’re Reducing Our GHG Emissions

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Making the Most of the Earth’s Natural Resources

From metals to packaging to production materials, we take a circular approach to reduce our environmental impact in order to “close the loop” on the products we create and the materials we use. Where practicable, we incorporate recycled, biodegradable, or otherwise sustainable content into our products and packaging and enable material reuse when our products reach end-of-life. It’s the right thing to do for our ecosystems and climate — and it’s a smart, sustainable, and cost-effective way to continue Growing Green. 

Related Resources

EHS Policy and Principles


Global Supplier Sustainability Manual


Sustainability News

Southwire to Host Drive-Thru Toy Collection Drive in Carrollton

November 16, 2023

Southwire is excited to announce the return of its annual Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8, in Carrollton, Ga. from 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. (EST).

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Southwire Announces Partnership with READY Robotics

November 08, 2023

Southwire is pleased to announce a partnership with READY Robotics, a pioneer in cutting-edge automation solutions that overcome the obstacles faced by manufacturers, to deploy automation at five of the company’s facilities.

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Southwire Joins ENERGY STAR® Program in Partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

October 18, 2023

Supporting the company's intent to be a leader in sustainability, Southwire has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Program.

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Southwire’s Huntersville Plant Recognized for the Eighth Year with Air Compliance Excellence (ACE) Award

October 02, 2023

Southwire’s facility in Huntersville, N.C., has again been recognized for its efforts in achieving compliance with air quality permits by receiving the annual Air Compliance Excellence (ACE) Award.

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