SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW

Together we strive to positively impact the world around us for generations to come.

At Milliken-Ontera, we look beyond our day-to-day business and consider the positive impact we can have on the world. We strive to do the right thing in every decision we make - a difference you can see in both what we do and in the way we do it. Here at Milliken-Ontera, collaboration and courage are the keys to creating innovations that improve lives and guide our work to create a safer, more sustainable, and healthier future.

 

Milliken & Company Sustainability Overview

OVER A CENTURY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE

At Milliken, sustainability is core to our culture. We believe a healthy enterprise and healthy earth are vitally linked. We care about and respect each other, our customers, and the world we share.

While we hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards, we derive our greatest satisfaction from creating innovations that help solve the worlds’ problems at a human level – adding value to people’s lives, improving health and safety, and making this world sustainable.

We have made great progress toward achieving our goals to reduce our environmental footprint but the journey to sustainability is constantly evolving. We continually challenge ourselves not only to improve, but also to be transparent and fully accountable to all our stakeholders and communities.

REDUCING OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

As early as 1900, Milliken was reusing packaging and textile materials in our operations and documented our first recycling policy. By the late 1900's Milliken developed a comprehensive plan to eliminate waste, increase product performance and preserve resources — years before the first clean air and water acts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were formed.

By 1960, we had established a more formal environmental policy to reduce our impact on the environment. This stewardship still guides our daily choices and influences innovations in product design, raw material selection, manufacturing operations and marketing and merchandising materials.

 

OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD TOMORROW

At Milliken, we have a clear vision of our place in the world of tomorrow. In it, the culture of disposability is unthinkable. And we are on pace to make this happen. Through conservation and efficiency, Milliken's floor covering division has reduced its global eco-footprint by 50% over 15 years.

The goal: get to zero landfills, zero waste generation, and zero air missions. Every day we make strides toward this objective and are getting very close.

 

 

 

RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURING

Highest Environmental Standards

All proprietary equipment is engineered for efficiency. Sensors monitor power and water usage by the second. Our products are scrutinised using Life Cycle Analysis under the Environmental Management Systems before they make it past the drawing board. This ensures that everything we produce, and our customers use the highest environmental standard.

CONTINUOUS INNOVATIONS

Better Solutions For Our Customers, Communities, and Environment

With the world's largest private textile research facility, Milliken uses deep science, unique insights meaningful design to tackle today's tough issues and concerns. In recent years our researchers have focused on creating innovations that eliminate waste, increase product performance, preserve resources and shorten the journey to sustainability. Innovation is the key driver delivering products and services that are better solutions for our customers, communities, and environment.

BEYOND COMPLIANCE

Four Decades Of Excellence

Four decades of worldwide site-based environmental management systems guarantee that we remain beyond compliance for safety and environmental impacts. All U.S. plants are certified as OSHA VPP STAR and all global locations meet or exceed safety regulatory standards. Our Sydney, Australia manufacturing facility is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001– the highest global standard for environmental responsibility.