Sustainability@Tarkett

Sustainability is the backbone of our growth.

Tarkett believes that striving daily for sustainability in all we do is the best way to assure our stakeholders long-term growth and profit which respect both people and the planet. It is part of our responsibility, deeply instilled in our values and integrated within our vision.

With nine billion people projected to live on our planet in the year 2050, resource constraints and customer aspirations for quality of life, healthy living and complete trust could limit business activities unless we proactively work to take the future into account. There really is no other choice than thinking differently.

Our corporate governance strategy supports the 4P’s of sustainable development: Purpose, People, Planet, Profit.

Circular Economy – Business as usual doesn’t work for the future.

In order to ensure the next generations’ accessibility to resources and create a profitable economic model for the future, we are investing and innovating for sustainable growth. We design the products of today to be the raw materials of tomorrow and have developed take-back systems as part of the Circular Economy. Because of this approach, Tarkett was one of the first companies to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation ‘Circular Economy 100’ program in February, 2013.

Cradle to Cradle® – Better design is the answer.

Many resources could be infinitely recycled if they were integrated into products initially designed for reuse, therefore resource scarcity is an issue of basic design. If we develop products, tools, furniture, homes, factories and cities intelligently from the outset, there will be no issues with waste, contamination or scarcity. Creativity could eventually lead to endless reuse of our scarce resources while improving people’s health and well-being.

This is where Cradle to Cradle® principles come in. Companies that apply them not only create a positive environmental footprint but make a beneficial contribution to the economy, quality of life and equity.

The Cradle to Cradle® philosophy is an engine for innovation, reinventing high quality and eco-effective products designed with safe materials that are good for the environment and for people’s well-being.

In 2014, Tandus Centiva’s ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology™ carpet tile was the first American modular product to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver v3.1.*

Closed Loop, Circular Design – It’s about more than just a product.

We as a company are committed to the principles of Closed Loop, Circular Design: good materials, resource stewardship, people-friendly spaces and reuse/recycling. That means thinking about the end from the beginning and designing with a closed-loop in mind. Closed Loop Circular Design is Tarkett’s way of best applying the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ principles to support the development of the ‘circular economy’.

2015 Activity & Sustainability Report

*"Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute."