Owens Corning is committed to the principles of environmental sustainability, product stewardship and to the safety and health of our employees.
To ensure a continuing commitment to these principles, Owens Corning is dedicated to:
- Providing safe working conditions.
- Promoting the health and well-being of our employees.
- Conserving resources, preventing waste, reducing greenhouse gases, and protecting the environment and our local communities.
- Continual improvement in our EHS performance and pollution-prevention efforts.
- Providing products that are safe and environmentally sound to make, use, and dispose of; and that perform as claimed.
- Providing useful information on the performance and safe use of our products.
To assure implementation of these principles, this policy includes the following requirements:
- Owens Corning operations shall comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws, regulations and legal requirements, and all other EHS standards and guidelines to which the Company subscribes;
- All “new and significantly modified existing products” must obtain a documented Product Stewardship Review prior to commercialization.
Owens Corning’s Environmental Management System (EMS) is designed to assist in achieving the Environmental, Health, Safety, and Product Stewardship Policy. The Owens Corning EMS is a collection of policies and procedures to manage environmental performance in a facility including compliance, footprint reduction and management systems. The system is a framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets and focuses environmental improvement programs. All facilities globally are required to implement the system, track progress, and performance self-audits.
Several of the items covered under the system are:
- Reporting and addressing environmental incidents;
- Reducing air emissions;
- Recycling, reusing, and recovering our process water and waste;
- Preventing groundwater pollution;
- Improving energy efficiency and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions;
- Reducing water usage intensity;
- Documented procedures to address significant aspects of goods and services used including the communication of relevant procedures and requirements to suppliers and contractors;
- Development and implementation procedures, including work instructions, to maintain proper calibration of control and monitoring instruments;
- Maintenance of process documentation to review the environmental aspects of newly acquired goods, chemicals, equipment, and raw materials;
- Development of training matrix and requirements for course types and appropriate stakeholders; and Emergency response procedures.
For any merger or acquisition, once embedded into Owens Corning, the facility is trained on the Owens Corning Environmental Management System and a tracking mechanism developed to ensure full implementation.
Any entity doing business with Owens Corning is expected to follow the principles contained in the Environmental, Health, Safety, and Product Stewardship policy.