At Summit Brands, we take sustainability – as well as our commitment to the community and the environment – very seriously. We strongly believe in conducting business sustainably, which ensures a better quality of life for everyone now without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations.
We began our initiative by implementing recycling programs at our facilities, incentivizing employees to submit and implement sustainable, cost-effective ideas and establishing goals for reducing our corporate greenhouse gases, solid waste generation and water usage. We also encourage our suppliers to do the same.
Summit Brands continues to support and contribute to the local community through programs such as United Way, The Community Harvest Food Bank, The Salvation Army, the Fort Wayne Trails Towpath project, and tree planting at Eagle Marsh, a local wetland, to celebrate Arbor Day.
We encourage our consumers to be sustainable whenever possible, in ways such as recycling appropriate materials and working to reduce individual energy and water consumption. Examples of reducing consumption can include laundering in ambient water temperatures, using high efficiency washing machines, and using proper load sizes according to detergent specifications. Summit encourages our customers to explore two campaigns referenced by The Sustainability Consortium to learn more:
American Cleaning Institute – Cold Water Saves Campaign
Launched in 2016 by The Sustainability Consortium and The American Cleaning Institute, this initiative educates students on the environmental benefits of washing clothes at ambient temperatures.
When developing our products, we focus on integrating safety and sustainability by evaluating the entire product lifecycle. We optimize the amount of packaging used and ensure that our bottles are recyclable and contain post-consumer recycled content wherever possible. It’s our goal to implement greener chemistry into our products while improving performance for our consumers.
Goal: To maintain the reduced emissions that Summit Brands has already achieved with continued growth and increased supply chain activities.
Progress: EXCEEDED GOAL. An emission reduction of 10% was set in 2010, to be completed by 2015. Summit Brands surpassed this by reducing our absolute Scope1 and 2 GHG emissions by 32%. We were able to achieve this through consolidation of our distribution production locations into a newly retrofitted energy-efficient facility. In normalized measurement, this allows Summit to decrease our GHG intensity per FTE by 22% from 2010-2015. Additionally, 2016 saw another reduction of 16% in combined Scope 1 and 2 emissions. 2017 saw another 7% reduction from the prior year.
Goal: To maintain the reduced absolute solid waste to the landfill that Summit Brands has already achieved with continued growth and increased supply chain activities.
Progress: EXCEEDED GOAL. A reduction in absolute solid waste to the landfill by 10% was set in 2011, to be completed by 2015. Summit Brands surpassed this by reducing our solid waste to the landfill by an incredible 78%. This was accomplished by significantly enhancing our recycling program and consolidating our production distribution facilities. 2016 saw no increase in solid waste to the landfill from this decreased level. 2017 achieved an overall 89% reduction from the baseline 2011 year.
REDUCED WATER USAGE
Goal: To maintain the reduced absolute water usage that Summit Brands has already achieved with continued growth and increased supply chain activities.
Progress: EXCEEDED GOAL. A reduction of our water usage by 15% was set in 2011, to be completed by 2015. Summit Brands surpassed this by reducing our absolute water usage by 45%. This was accomplished by upgrading to a more water efficient sprinkler system. 2016 saw no increase in absolute water usage from this decreased level. 2017 saw a very slight increase from the prior year, with overall usage still down 44% from the baseline 2011 year.
Goal: Continuously improve the safety of our products for consumers and the environment by substituting or eliminating, wherever possible, ingredients that may pose a concern. Summit is working to eliminate sources of Priority Chemicals in our products, with a set goal of 0% new ingredients containing Priority Chemicals.
Progress: We have integrated a thorough ingredient evaluation process into our formulation changes and newly developed products. When selecting ingredients, we prefer to use materials from the Clean Ingredients list and consider Safer Choice and Design for the Environment (DfE) criteria. In 2013, we developed a new safer drain line that does not use traditional corrosive chemicals. Also, we have obtained Safer Choice and DfE Certification for two of our products and are working on certifying more. In 2018, Summit successfully implemented a process to screen for priority chemicals and identified only 1 new ingredient containing a priority chemical.
In November 2011, Summit Brands received an ISO 14001 Certification to help drive and manage our environmental compliance and sustainability efforts through a formal and organized Environmental Management System (EMS). This framework has allowed us to manage our goals through the use of metrics and reviews by top management, drive continual improvement, and meet and exceed our customer and consumer expectations. As a leader in protecting the environment, Summit Brand’s EMS has been registered to ISO 14001 at all of its Fort Wayne, Indiana locations.
Summit Brands is also registered to ISO 9001.
Summit Brands is committed to doing well by doing good in our business and the community. We pledge to prevent pollution, continually improve toward our environmental objectives and comply with applicable regulations.
We are committed to:
- Comply with applicable regulations
- Prevent pollution
- Develop and review our environmental objectives and targets
- Continually improve our environmental management system
Safer Choice / Design For The Environment (DfE)
In 2012, Summit Brands made the responsible choice to participate in two voluntary programs run by the EPA.
The Safer Choice program allows us to work with the EPA to create safer, more cost-effective products for the environment and our consumers. The requirements to achieve Safer Choice recognition are rigorous. In order to meet this challenge, we have integrated the Safer Choice product process into our established Environmental Management System.
Both programs require the products to be reviewed against a strict standard. The standard ensures certified products have more positive human health and environmental characteristics than conventional products of the same type.