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Sustainability

JELD-WEN Sustainability

Stegbar Group Sustainability Charter

Overview

Stegbar’s goal is to be the industry leader in environmentally responsible practices and products and to conduct our business in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, demonstrates environmental stewardship and provides our customers with environmentally beneficial products. Toward that end, we will pursue processes that are designed to minimise waste, maximise efficient utilisation of materials and conserve resources and we will provide our customers with products that are long-lasting with excellent performance.

Stegbar believes that a healthy environment is not only complimentary, but critical to a healthy business. Our mission is to develop high performance, high value products and satisfy our customers’ total needs. We will conduct our business with the highest ethical standards, strive for excellence in all we do, and measure success by the relationships we build in the communities where we live and work. To be a successful, unique, progressive, world class company and live up to our mission statement we must minimise our impact on environmental resources and consistently “walk softly on the land.” Stegbar is committed to environmentally responsible practices and contributing to the sustainability and health of the communities where we operate, not because others expect it, but because it is the right thing to do.

Reducing our carbon footprint and increasing energy efficiency of our operations

Long before it was recognised that carbon emissions were having an impact on our climate, Stegbar set out to make sure that our products did not have to travel very far from factory to customer. What started as a way to keep costs down for our customers is now also our commitment to minimise greenhouse gas emissions from our freight and transport operations. Our manufacturing facilities are built close to markets in order to minimise shipping, a commitment unique in the industry.

Part of being good stewards of the environment also involves designing and constructing our buildings and production processes to use as little energy as possible. We will strive to reduce the amount of energy we as a company are required to purchase to operate our plants and offices, and emphasise efficient use of energy and natural resources throughout our operations.

Green building

Green building is not the latest fad; it is a positive industry direction. In a green building, the materials, design methods and construction techniques are carefully reviewed for their environmental impact. Initially focused on commercial building, sustainable design elements are now being incorporated into residential projects.

Stegbar has always believed that making quality products that save energy is good business and good for the environment. We are proud of the fact that we are recognised as an integral part of a new revolution in healthier, lower ecological impact, and resource-saving building construction. In addition, we know that our customers are increasingly demanding green products for their homes, whether they are building a new home or renovating an existing one, and it is our goal to provide them with those products.

It is clearly in our interest, in our customers’ interest, and in the industry’s interest to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in more energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings. To this end, Stegbar will continue to participate in the development and implementation of green building certification programs that promote credible and practical green building approaches for residential construction products.

Promoting responsible management of forest resources

Wood is a durable, versatile and beautiful material that has been used for building for centuries. It is non-toxic, recyclable and its growth and replanting removes carbon dioxide from the environment. It has a multitude of uses. For construction purposes, it is the only fully sustainable resource.

We encourage our worldwide suppliers to manage forests consistent with sustainable, renewable forest practices, and watershed and wildlife habitat protection. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to be able to meet their needs. We recognise that Stegbar’s future success in wood products manufacturing is dependent on responsible and sustainable forest management.

A commitment throughout the Company

It is not enough for Stegbar management to establish values and set goals related to our commitment to being an environmentally sustainable business. These values are shared and acted upon at every level of the company. We know the importance of our employees sharing our commitment and we strive to recruit, educate and train our employees in these values on an ongoing basis throughout their careers with us