Global GreenTag Certified Manufacturers Karndean Flooring and Tarkett Australia have both been named in the Top Nine Companies in 2016 for Excellence in PVC Product Stewardship by the Vinyl Council of Australia.
“This is fantastic recognition for both manufacturers. Both are recognised for what Global GreenTag has certified as best practices within Australia’s PVC supply chain,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.
44 signatory companies from all parts of the PVC value chain, including overseas resin producers, raw material manufacturers and suppliers, trading companies, product manufacturers and distributors are drawn upon to feed into the PVC Stewardship Program, overseen by the Vinyl Council of Australia. A total of nine companies, including Karndean and Tarkett achieved full compliance with all relevant commitments:
- Best Practice Manufacturing,
- Safe and Sustainable Use of Additives,
- Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
- Resource Efficiency and
- Transparency and Engagement.
The PVC Stewardship Program has driven continual improvement in the PVC, or vinyl, industry for the past 14 years.
The Vinyl Council of Australia says that the Program is a vehicle for members of the industry to work together to advance the sustainability of the value chain and has been successful in changing how vinyl products are made today. Importantly the program has grown. In 2016, thirteen companies reported for the first time, as new Signatories to the Program, indicating that there is growing interest in the industry in improving its footprint.
Manufacturers that adhere to the Program, commit to meet measurable targets and obligations that reduce the environmental footprint of PVC products in Australia, whether manufactured here or overseas. Companies are required to provide comprehensive reports annually and each is audited periodically by an independent third party.
“The requirements to be met under the Program are challenging,” the Vinyl Council’s PVC Stewardship Manager Ms Laveen Dhillon explained.
“Signatory companies must verify that they or their upstream suppliers meet stringent manufacturing standards set by the Program for raw material sourcing, as well as meet local manufacturing commitments such as in use of additives, or implementing energy and resource efficiency.
“We congratulate the Excellence award winners for demonstrating leadership to others in the industry by achieving full compliance in 2016.”