Sustainability

 

Growing Green

We will reduce our environmental footprint, even as we sustain our business and the communities in which we live and work. At Southwire, 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.

2025 Carbon Zero Goal

In July 2020, Southwire announced a goal to achieve 100% zero carbon energy for our operations by 2025 (2018 baseline). This objective—coined Carbon Zero—will address our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. Southwire will achieve this goal through eco-efficiency projects to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of green energy—including owned or leased renewable energy sources, purchased green power and renewable energy credits and carbon offsets from the market.

In pursuit of Carbon Zero, Southwire will engage and build partnerships with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders to collaborate and reduce our carbon footprint. Read more on our Carbon Zero web page.
*Southwire uses a subscription software solution to consolidate GHGs (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3) into CO2e. Global Warming Potential (GWP) values for natural gas, propane, etc. are based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, 2014 (AR5). All sites are under operational control.

Our subscription software consolidates GHGs (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3) into CO2e. Factors in the system are either based on US EPA eGRID factors (electricity) or in-country equivalent or the best estimate for international sites; GWP values for natural gas, propane, etc. are based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, 2014 (AR5). All sites are under operational control.
*Information obtained from utility bills, estimates used where data unavailable; Energy consumption calculated based on 1,025 Btu/cf natural gas (2013 average per US Energy Administration), 91,420 Btu/gal propane (Alternative Fuels Data Center, 2014), 1,054.2 Joules/Btu, 3.6 MJ/KWh
*For waste by type see our 2020 GRI Content Index
*2016 baseline and 2017 status values were revised to reflect corrections to site production numbers following implementations of SAP, which altered the intensity calculation.

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In April, Southwire recognized Celebrate Diversity Month, which was established in 2004 to celebrate other cultures, experiences, backgrounds and perspectives, by providing the company with resources and opportunities to learn more about diversity.

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Southwire Canada Receives Great Place to Work® Recertification

April 21, 2022

Southwire Canada is pleased to announce that it has been named as a Great Place to Work® (GPTW) Certified™ organization for the second year in a row.

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Southwire Receives Eight Safety Awards through Georgia Association of Manufacturing

April 11, 2022

Southwire is pleased to announce that eight of its facilities received a 2021 Safety Performance Contest Award from the Georgia Association of Manufacturers \(GAM\).

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Southwire Signs Offsite Renewable Agreement with Alabama Power to Support Solar Energy

March 07, 2022

In support of its Carbon Zero goal, Southwire has signed a 10-year contract to participate in Alabama Power’s Renewable Subscription Program (RSP), reducing the company’s enterprise-wide carbon footprint from its operations by approximately 3%.

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Southwire Canada Implements New Sustainable Lighting

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In support of the company’s commitment to be a leader in corporate sustainability, Southwire Canada recently implemented LED lighting at its Toronto Customer Service Center (CSC).

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Southwire Launches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Website

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To further Southwire's mission to build a culture that recognizes and celebrates the value of diverse backgrounds, equity in opportunity and inclusivity in action, the company is pleased to announce the launch of its new DEI website.

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Southwire Improves Score on S&P Global Ratings for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Evaluation

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In an effort to drive improvement in the company’s sustainability performance, Southwire retained S&P Global Ratings to provide an independent, forward-looking re-evaluation of the company’s ESG performance.

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Southwire Enters into Partnership with the Copper Mark

January 13, 2022

Supporting the company’s intent to be a leader in corporate sustainability, Southwire is committing to be a partner of the Copper Mark, a sustainability initiative and designation for businesses in the copper value chain.

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