Jeld-Wen plans long-term sustainability goals through 2050 to reduce environmental impact
August 17, 2022 | 12:08 pm CDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. is dedicating resources to achieve four long-term sustainability goals as part of the company's 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report.

Jeld-Wen is committing to goals that will lead to achieving net zero waste and 100 percent renewable energy usage in its operations. JELD-WEN also aims to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion pounds annually, through the use of its energy-efficient products in 60 million homes worldwide by 2050.

JELD-WEN has engaged in sustainability efforts since its founding in 1960. In 2021, the company formalized its practices and issued an inaugural ESG report.

"Over the past year, we took a significant leap forward in our ESG efforts by successfully integrating them into our operations and building the necessary team and framework to drive our sustainability goals," said Roya Behnia, executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate affairs. "Sustainability is a fundamental element of our universal strategy for growth, and as a company with a long history of environmental responsibility, we aim to lead the industry in driving a more sustainable future."

Jeld Wenn sustainability goals

The company's 2050 sustainability goals include committing to:
•    100% global sourcing of sustainable or certified wood
•    Zero manufacturing waste and byproducts going to landfills
•    Net zero scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions
•    100% of materials used are from recycled or sustainably harvested sources, where available

Increasingly, consumers are expressing interest in and support of sustainable products and services.
A recent JELD-WEN survey, conducted online by TRUE Global Intelligence with 1,000 U.S. homeowners aged 18-76, showed that 75% of those surveyed are willing to upgrade products if the investment will save them money in the future. Homeowners born in 1981 and later are willing to extend that investment to the environment, with 8 out of 10 (81%) Gen Z and 3 out of 4 (75%) millennials willing to pay more for sustainable or eco-friendly products and services.

"We aim for our operations and products to be part of the solution to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions generated by the building products industry," said Farsad Fotouhi, vice president, social governance and sustainability. "We are helping our customers reduce their energy consumption by offering a full suite of energy efficient building products."

JELD-WEN adopted guidelines from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for its ESG report, as well as adhering to standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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