Whirlpool Corporation has achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification for the second year running. The sustainability certification recognises continuous progress within sustainability and social responsibility through the TOMs framework and PAS2060 carbon neutral verification. Whirlpool was recognised by Planet Mark for its 20% reduction in emissions used in its buildings as well as its 46% reduction in waste emissions.
“It’s fantastic to see that Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd has achieved Planet Mark Business Certification for the second year, showing commitment to measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging employees in its sustainability journey. Although Whirlpool is in its second year of carbon footprint reporting, I’m encouraged to see that it has already made a 33.9% reduction in carbon emissions per employee. Planet Mark is proud to be supporting Whirlpool on its journey to becoming more sustainable in the fight to halt climate change.”
The announcement comes as Whirlpool publishes its 2022 Sustainability Report, further highlighting the company’s enduring commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, corporate governance initiatives, and progress in meeting its sustainability and Inclusion and Diversity goals.
“To achieve the Planet Mark certification for a second year is a testament to how committed we are when it comes to sustainability, employee and community support here at Whirlpool UK,” said Lena Henry, managing director of Whirlpool UK.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to streamlining the sustainability at both a global and local level. Here in the UK, more than 500,000 kitchen appliances have been refurbished at our own site in Peterborough over the last 10 years, saving them from being sent to landfill.”
The 2022 Whirlpool Corporation Sustainability Report highlights progress across the company’s commitments to sustainable products and operations, support for employees, communities, and corporate governance, including:
- Whirlpool Corp. reached its commitment to be Zero Waste to Landfill Gold or Platinum status (a greater than 95 percent diversion rate) at 29 of 29 large manufacturing sites worldwide1.
- In 2022, the company achieved approximately 25 percent GHG emissions reduction in scopes 1 and 2 compared to the prior year.
- The company continued towards its goal to reduce emissions from its products in use (scope 3 category 11) by 20 percent by 2030 from a 2016 baseline.
- Further enhanced efforts to thoughtfully design and deliver products for consumers that make the best use of materials, have a sustainable operating life, and that can be responsibly managed at the end of life.
- As a signatory on the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change Pledge, Whirlpool Corp. has delivered increased women’s representation at the director level by 18 percent in the last five years.
- Through the BuildBetter with Whirlpool program, the company committed to work with Habitat for Humanity to build at least 250 climate-resilient and energy-efficient homes by 2024. At the end of 2022, 143 out of 250 builds were in progress.
“Back in 1969, Whirlpool Corporation CEO Elisha Gray wrote a letter to shareholders, explaining the importance of environmental consciousness, as well as taking care of the communities where we work and live, ensuring they can thrive,” said Pam Klyn, Whirlpool Corporation’s senior vice president of corporate relations and sustainability. “We continue to operate with these same principles in mind while driving progress and making a positive impact across environmental, social and governance aspects of sustainability.”