Materiality

Sustainability is at the heart of our business, from the products we make to the way we make them. We use our deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Our glass reinforcements business helps us make thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable.

We reduce the company’s environmental footprint by delivering energy efficiency and durable material solutions at scale, supporting local communities, and ensuring safe work environments. Furthermore, we constantly set goals to measure, reduce, and report our footprint. At the same time, we are committed to the goal of expanding our handprint around the globe, offering solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues such as climate change, energy consumption, infrastructure development, and safe, healthy and efficient homes. Backed by the science of climate change, we are taking aggressive actions in our operations to reduce our environmental impact, well in advance of public policy.

In keeping with our philosophy, we are committed to objectively identifying material issues and evaluating the level of impact across our value chain. As part of our sustainability process, we conducted an extensive materiality assessment, the results of which were reflected in our 2015 Global Reporting Initiative Report. In late, 2016, we worked with independent sustainability communications consultants at Dix & Eaton to conduct additional internal and external stakeholder interviews. One of the outcomes of that work is that we have refined our materiality assessment to reflect greater attention to issues that are of high importance to our employees. Therefore, we have elevated Employee Development, Safety and Wellness, Community Impact, and Waste Management in our materiality matrix.

In addition, we have reclassified Climate Change/Greenhouse Gas and Toxic Air Emissions as a priority area. Previously, due to differences in terminology, Emissions had been identified as a priority, while Climate Change was not as prominent among our stakeholders. In our latest, additional outreach, we found many stakeholders now see climate change and greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions as essentially the same, important issue.

Also as a result of this additional stakeholder input, we have made a number of changes in the format and design of our sustainability report to make it more employee- and all-reader-friendly.

These changes are reflected in our 2016 Sustainability Report, which was published in June 2017.

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