CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO – In an effort to extend sustainable practices beyond traditional post-consumer product use, Tarkett North America, provider of the world’s most integrated high-performance flooring systems, recently announced that all its North
American plants, including those from its Johnsonite company, have received ISO 14001:2004 certification. Through this certification, the company demonstrates its ongoing commitment to effective environmental management and resource stewardship.
ISO 14001:2004 is an international standard developed to set out the requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS). Its key criteria include: prevention of pollution, continual improvement and compliance with national and local regulations.
The process begins with a regulatory compliance assessment and an evaluation of the organization's environmental impacts and aspects. This assessment leads to detailed projects, which tackle pressing issues and shifts into practices of ongoing improvement.
While ISO provides a holistic framework for environmental policymaking, it is up to individual companies to develop specific and strategic ways of meeting the requirements. Tarkett and Johnsonite have taken this responsibility seriously.
“Each of our plants uses local and national standards to ensure the highest rate of efficiency and resource stewardship. To have all Tarkett factories in North America ISO 14001 certified is a great accomplishment and shows the dedication and hard work of our team to ensure that our corporate philosophy of better resource stewardship is not only met, but exceeded,” says Diane Martel, vice president of environmental planning and strategy for Tarkett North America.
External auditors who review the functions and successes of the EMS carry out the final certification, but the process for implementation begins much earlier on in the company’s sustainability story, from product research and development to effective factory planning strategies.
As a part of a larger global commitment to resource stewardship, Tarkett employs processes and systems in its manufacturing facilities above and beyond the requirements of the environmental management system. Tarkett has six manufacturing plants in North America, which include: Houston; Florence, AL; Middlefield, Ohio; Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Waterloo, Ontario; and Farnham, Quebec.
For more information on Tarkett’s sustainable efforts, products and systems, visit www.johnsoniteenvironment.com.
About Balanced Choice
Sustainability is an integral part of the way Johnsonite approaches every aspect of their business, from manufacturing to product development to shipping. It’s part of their core philosophy—Balanced Choice. It’s how the company works to build floors that enable customers to balance their impact on the planet, their people and their budgets. Through its ongoing focus in four areas – creating people-friendly spaces, using better raw materials, using less resources, and recycling and reusing – the company has been able to create floors that are good for the environment, good for people and good for the bottom line. Johnsonite provides customers with a wide range of sustainable solutions that will work for any application. The company believes that sustainability is an ongoing effort and works to approach challenges and find solutions through Balanced Choice. To learn more, visit www.johnsoniteenvironment.com.
For more than 100 years, Johnsonite has been a leading provider of innovative flooring solutions that integrate function, design, life safety and sustainability to enhance productivity in commercial spaces. Johnsonite is the North American commercial brand of the Tarkett Group, which manufactures and markets integrated flooring, flooring accessories and sports surface solutions to professionals and end users in 100 countries and from 29 production sites. Tarkett and its Johnsonite brand are committed to providing solutions that balance each component of the triple bottom line: people, the environment and economics. Johnsonite’s mission is geared toward enhancing the productivity and well-being of the people who design, manufacture, distribute and live and work with their products daily. Johnsonite is headquartered in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with operations located throughout North America. For more information, visit www.johnsonite.com and www.tarkett.com.