Tarkett 2022 CSR Report demonstrates progress
Tarkett, a global leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, has released its Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSR) Report for 2022. This report, which has been fully audited by an independent third party, outlines the company’s significant sustainability performance.
“Our sustainability performance over the past year activities within the company to Tarkett’s ambition: to be the easiest, the most innovative and the most sustainable flooring and sports surfaces company to work for and to work with. The quest for ‘always more’ is endangering our planet. We need to figure out how to do more with less. This means less waste, lower emissions, and improved well-being for us. Our commitment, mission, and mindset are to do more with less.” said Tarkett CEO Fabrice Barthélemy.
The independent Science Based Target initiative approved Tarkett’s ambitious climate goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in 2022. (SBTi). 1 CDP, the world’s leading climate performance and reporting platform, awarded the company a leadership level A- score for its climate action.
Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing operations were reduced by 41% compared to 2019, owing primarily to increased purchases of renewable energy.
Scope 3 emissions were also reduced by 13% compared to 2019, owing to the evolution of our product mix, actions taken to decarbonize our products, and progress in the share of recycled materials, which now stands at 17% (up from 15% in 2021). 2. Renewable energies will account for 43% of the company’s total energy consumption in 2022. 13 manufacturing sites purchased 100% renewable energy electricity.
Tarkett has made significant progress with ReStart®, its take-back and recycling programme, by repurposing old flooring and recycled materials to create new floors. This contributes to waste reduction and carbon footprint reduction by reducing the need for virgin raw materials while avoiding landfill and incineration.
Through Restart®, the company has collected the equivalent of 11 Eiffel Towers (115,000 tonnes) of flooring into its eight recycling centres over the last 12 years. The programme is now available in 26 countries, including Europe, North America, Brazil, and India.
Throughout the year, Tarkett expanded its circular collaboration with customers and increased the number of ReStart® flooring take-back and recycling projects around the world. Several more IKEA stores in Sweden and seven other European countries, for example, returned used flooring to Tarkett for recycling into new floors. The recovered homogeneous vinyl flooring is returned to Tarkett’s on-site recycling facility in Ronneby via Restart® (Sweden).
Tarkett Sports Division’s FieldTurf Goal Zero programme in North America assists in diverting job-site waste from landfill and facilitating reuse and recycling. We recycled 182 tonnes of material and recovered over 4,250 pallets of old artificial turf in 2022, diverting them from landfill (403,000 pounds).
Tarkett has been actively seeking alternatives to phthalate plasticizers in collaboration with its suppliers for many years. The company has made significant investments in R&D and modified its formulas and processes to produce vinyl flooring with phthalate-free plasticizer technology. As of today, phthalate-free plasticizer technology is used in 100% of our vinyl production sites in Europe, North America, Brazil, Ukraine, Serbia, and China.
In order to meet the most stringent global standards for indoor air quality, 99% of our flooring solutions have low volatile organic compound emission levels, which are ten times lower than the most stringent standards.
Providing assistance to our teams and local communities
Tarkett has made additional progress in supporting its teams and local communities throughout 2022. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the proportion of women in management positions reached 27% in 2022, moving us closer to our target of 30% by 2025. The first Diversity and Inclusion Week, which was held across Tarkett locations, raised awareness among its teams.
Tarkett ensured continuous training opportunities for its teams on key topics such as product knowledge, sustainability, health and safety, compliance, and leadership development by offering a wide range of training and coaching courses. Tarkett trained its employees around the world for a total of 252 000 hours this year and launched its new Leadership Program.
Since the inception of Tarkett Academy, 52 000 professionals and students have been trained as professional installers and in flooring installation techniques in our eleven Tarkett Academy centres located in eight different countries.
Since the inception of our Tarkett Cares programme to support local communities, our teams have participated in over 800 community initiatives, with employees volunteering 3,500 days and donating over 1.1 million euros in product.