Crown Paints’ green approach secures Gold Standard

Crown Paints has achieved an industry first by securing a gold award for its pioneering approach to social and environmental factors in the Supply Chain Sustainability School programme.

The programme offers three certification standards – bronze, silver and gold – and Crown is the first paint manufacturer – and one of just eight companies overall – to have achieved the programme’s highest award.

This assessment reinforces Crown’s growing position as a sustainable partner of choice for the UK construction industry. The company’s approach can offer support for the sector in areas including reduced waste streams, the achievement of BREEAM ratings and to products and programmes offering extended maintenance cycles.

At the heart of Crown’s action on sustainability is its award-winning programme ‘Earthbalance,’ which sets out an ambitious, long-term target todrive down greenhouse gas emissions in the business, with the target of a 10 per cent reduction by 2015 – and 25 per cent by 2020.

These two targets are in addition to a sustainability target of zero waste to landfill, which was achieved more than 12 months ahead of schedule.

Crown’s investment in carbon footprinting technology is helping the company achieve its Earthbalance targets. This process enables Crown to measure the footprint of all products across its range, including the specification brands of Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade.

Jim Sweeney, Crown Paints’ National Construction Manager, said: “We see sustainability as a mission for the entire organisation. It’s not just about filling a market niche; it’s about changing the way we do business – and the achievement of this gold standard is testimony to that.

“Our focus is not just to provide a few specific ‘green’ products. By measuring and evaluating the carbon footprint of everything we do, we can make improvements, without impacting on the quality of the paint we produce.

“This means specifiers can be assured that they benefit from high performing quality paints, which maintain their protective and aesthetic qualities for the longer term – in itself a sustainable outcome.”

As well as the Supply Chain Sustainability School Gold standard, Crown’s Earthbalance programme has achieved a clutch of high profile accolades in the last 12 months, including the Sustainable Innovation Award from the British Coatings Federation, the Sustainable Business Award For Large Companies from the Lancashire Business Environment Awards and Insider’s Green Manufacturer of the Year.

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About Crown Paints:

Crown Paints is owned by Danish decorative and protective coatings company Hempel, who employ over 5,000 people and operate in more than 80 countries.

Crown Paints is the Holder of the Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, as Manufacturers of Paints.

Over 1,250 employees work for Crown Paints, which is based in Darwen in Lancashire, with manufacturing sites in Darwen and Hull, which operate to ISO 9001 accredited quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental management system.

The company also has a network of 133 Crown Decorating Centres spread throughout the UK and Ireland.

Crown Paints serves every sector of the decorative coatings market, promoting its market-leading paint and woodcare brands – Crown, Sandtex, Permoglaze, Macpherson, Sadolin and Berger – to consumer and professional audiences alike, as well as key export markets.

Crown Paints has been making paint for over 200 years.

Crown Paints is committed to delivering its sustainability targets and its work in this field has been recognised at several regional and national awards. The company is also able to measure the carbon footprint of all of its products and has met its targets of achieving zero waste to landfill.

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