Eastman Publishes 2019 Sustainability Report and Sets Impressive Goals

September 11th, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

Eastman recently published its 2019 sustainability report which addressed the company’s commitment to enhance the quality of life.

“This year’s sustainability report is a clear reflection of Eastman’s commitment to deliver on our promises and enhance the quality of life for people around the world every day,” said Cathy Combs, sustainability director.

Some of the reports highlights included:

    • The company’s advanced recycling technologies that are helping to address the global waste plastics issue;
    • Strategic projects and collaborations that are enabling social innovation, further integration of sustainability into value chain engagement; and having
    • A holistic approach to fostering a zero-incident mindset.

“The world is growing at a rapid pace. The rising middle class needs solutions. We need safe products. We need better products. We desire products that are good for the planet,” said Mark J. Costa, board of directors’ chair and CEO.

According to the report, within the first year of the company’s sustainability assessment integration into innovation completed:

    • Assessments of approximately 40% of its innovation portfolio;
    • Approximately 80% of its innovation projects; and
    • Approximately 30% of the innovation portfolio.

Based on Eastman’s innovation project assessments, the company began to develop a commercial portfolio assessment process in 2018 and are continuing it through 2019. According to the report, the company intends to report progress on metrics for this goal in its 2020 report.

Eastman also aims to reduce its hazardous waste (indexed to production) by 15% by 2020.

“While we continue to make progress, we recognize the need to focus our efforts to develop a zero-incident mindset that encompasses all aspects of operational excellence, including personal safety and process safety,” a section of the report reads.

“Operating responsibly and driving continuous improvement takes engagement and commitment at every level of the company. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. And that’s where Eastman excels — converting complexity into value — every day,” said Mark Cox, senior vice president, chief manufacturing, supply chain and engineering officer.

“The world is facing complex challenges that need innovative solutions, pushing us to set goals as we look forward to the next horizon. We may not already know exactly how we will get there, and that’s the exciting part. I’m incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made over the last year, our contributions to addressing global macro trends and issues, and our vision to be a leading materials innovation company,” said Combs.

To view the full report, click here.

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  1. As regards the above report highlight for Eastman (“The company’s advanced recycling technologies that are helping to address the global waste plastics issue;”)
    Does this mean that all backing sheets of window film are recyclable??
    Hate to think how many square feet of backing sheets I have sent to landfill in my 42 years of tinting………… great if that can change !

    Lawrence Howes

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