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Milliken unveils progress towards 2025 goals in sustainability report

Global industrial manufacturer, Milliken & Company, has released its third annual corporate sustainability report, entitled Together for Tomorrow.

The report, which analyses the US-based company’s performance through the lens of its holistic sustainability efforts, highlights its progress towards the 2025 sustainability goals the company set in 2018.

Covering people, product and planet, the report creates increased accountability while inviting new conversations and collaborations as the company works to create a positive impact on the world that will last generations.

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As a material science expert serving the chemical, flooring, textile, and healthcare industries, Milliken associates annually review and report on the company’s progress, and their findings shape this report. Completed in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative framework, Together for Tomorrow is available to the public as a digital experience with downloadable content, the company said in a press release.

In 2020, Milliken made significant progress in its planet, product, and people goals, notably doubling down on an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equality, and inclusion in the face of social unrest; focusing development and manufacturing process on helping fight COVID-19 by producing medical-grade fabric gowns, face shields, and flooring that assists with social distancing efforts; and prioritising associate safety, particularly essential workers, by enhancing the company’s safety-first culture during the pandemic, Milliken said.

The company has announced bolstering the plastics circularity discussion by convening thought leaders with a goal to illuminate workable ecosystem solutions hosted by National Geographic Creative Works. It continues to invest capital to eliminate coal as a primary fuel source, thereby reducing GHG emissions and reducing waste. The company also acquired Borchers, Milliken’s largest acquisition to date, which will scale the company’s coating additives platform in a way that reduces solvents and environmental impact and launched the Milliken Leadership Model, which will train associates on growth leadership with purpose, according to Milliken.

“Together, we met the critical moments from 2020. We pivoted production lines, launched new innovations, and rallied our team to improve our sustainability metrics in 10 of 12 strategic categories. Our sustainability initiatives have momentum and are fundamentally changing our business,” Halsey Cook, president and CEO for Milliken said in a statement.

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