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How we operate matters.

We employ sustainable practices throughout the lifecycle of our products. We use materials and resources efficiently. We use alternative and renewable energy sources when possible. And we design and operate our facilities and manufacturing processes in accordance with widely recognized sustainability and safety standards.

2016 Sustainability Report

The 2016 Sustainability Report marks a pivotal year in the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability.

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Water is a limited global resource that is essential to life. It is also a necessary part of Shaw’s manufacturing processes. Many of our facilities, in particular those in North Georgia and Southern California, operate where local water scarcity is a particularly important issue. As a result, Shaw is acutely focused on using water responsibly by minimizing the use of water overall and reusing water whenever possible. We focus on identifying new technology and creative solutions to reduce water use within our operations. Shaw has set a goal to reduce our water impact, by 50 percent by 2030.

Energy and Emissions

Continuously improving efficiency is a hallmark of successful manufacturing companies. Over the years, Shaw has made significant progress in efficiency that also minimizes the amount of energy and associated emissions involved in making our flooring products. Shaw carefully measures energy and emissions, seeking opportunities for improvement in existing operations and in new facilities as we expand and adjust to market growth and changing customer demand.

To help reduce our energy and greenhouse gas impacts, Shaw has invested more than $25 million in new equipment and systems, which has included installing more efficient compressors, updating manufacturing equipment and upgrading lighting.  We continue to focus on achieving our 2030 goal of 40 percent reduction in both energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions.


As we focus on our 2030 goal of reducing total waste to landfills by 100 percent as well as reducing hazardous waste by 100 percent, we have successfully shifted several traditional sources of waste into resources. In some cases, materials can be repurposed in some way within our own manufacturing processes while others can be used within other industries. Our sophisticated Material Resource Management (MRM) system helps us consistently categorize, measure and channel waste toward the best possible use whether that is recycling or reuse and whether that is within Shaw or through another industry. The MRM system provides detailed insight that helps identify opportunities for improvement -- allowing us to reduce our waste by millions of pounds.

Shaw verifies that our products, regardless of where or by whom they are manufactured, meet stringent guidelines and our customers’ expectations.

Manufacturing and Purchasing

Shaw manufactures many of its own products and ingredient materials, employing efficient use of materials and natural resources, using alternative and renewable energy sources when possible, and designing and operating our facilities and manufacturing processes in accordance with widely recognized sustainability and safety standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. 

We also rely upon strategic supplier partnerships to ensure we can offer our customers an expansive portfolio of products. We work with trusted partners to fulfill a variety of business operations from temporary staffing to machine parts. These 4,300-plus suppliers are critical to our operations and serve as an extension of our sustainability strategy so we expect these suppliers to maintain the same high standards that we set for ourselves. Shaw verifies that our products, regardless of where or by whom they are manufactured, meet stringent guidelines and our customers’ expectations.

  • LEED Silver - Plant 72, Corporate Admin, Dalton, Ga.
  • LEED Silver, Plant CN, carpet tile manufacturing, Nantong, China
  • LEED Silver, Carpet to Energy Facility, Dalton, Ga.

Green Buildings

Shaw recognizes the potential impacts of our buildings as key contributors to emissions, energy usage, waste and land use as well as to human health through the indoor environment. Our approach to our facilities reflects the company’s overall commitment to sustainability. With a wide range of building types, from manufacturing facilities to administrative and sales offices to showrooms and recycling centers, Shaw faces an array of sustainability challenges and opportunities throughout our operations.

Shaw is committed to making sustainable choices that also make business sense. Many of the sustainability results reflect the goal oriented approach to ensuring that Shaw operates economically responsible, environmentally smart approaches to reducing the energy, water, carbon and waste impacts of our buildings.