About our commitment to sustainability

Today, it is no longer enough to pursue only economic development. Companies need to consider social and environmental aspects as well. All three areas contribute to the success of a sustainable environment. While forgetting the environment aspect would limit our expansion because of limited natural resources, the social aspect is important to improve quality of life, assure equal opportunity and community development.

The 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations tackle the global challenges we face, such as inequality and climate change. The private sector plays a fundamental role in addressing those challenges, especially for the success of the initiative.

portrait of Kevin Frank

A message from

Kevin Frank, President & CEO

As one of our values, sustainability is central to who we are as an organization. AstenJohnson is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment. We carefully manage our use of natural resources and continue to commit ourselves to delivering the best for our people. AstenJohnson understands that the private sector plays a fundamental role in addressing sustainability challenges. As such, we endorse the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations, and use them as guidelines to expand our work.

Environmental and social initiatives are at the center of our day-to-day work. Our new AJ Nonwovens plant in Waco, Texas demonstrates these practices. The Waco plant is a model of sustainability and energy efficiency, with environmental initiatives integrated into its design along with the integration of the AstenJohnson Zero Accident Culture.

Moving toward sustainability presents challenges but most of all, is an exciting opportunity to move forward together with customers and suppliers to drive sustainable growth with greater collaboration and partnerships.

We can, together, keep innovating for the best of our customers, our planet, and ourselves!

Always remember to act in the present, while thinking about the future!

Kevin Frank, President & CEO

The United Nations developed several initiatives to help and guide companies through the sustainability journey. At AstenJohnson, we endorse the Sustainable Development Goals and use them as guidelines to expand our work.

AstenJohnson also supports the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The UNGC challenges businesses to operate according to principles covering Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption. AstenJohnson embraces and follows these principles with its core values, its policies and its actions.

Our commitment to such principles helps us conduct business in a manner that protects our future.

Themes we work toward

Sustainability describes the quality of meeting today’s needs without compromising future resources or the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

We used GRI methodology, taking into account internal and external factors, to determine where we have impact in sustainability through our business.

In 2020, we conducted a new materiality matrix and defined different sub goals to guide our efforts towards more sustainable business practices.

  • Reduce our climate impact
  • Collaborate with partners to create circular opportunities
  • Care for the people we impact
  • Carefully manage our use of natural resources for future generations
  • Act responsibly in procurement and engage in supplier partnerships
  • Always adhere to the highest ethical standards with integrity

We would love to hear from you!

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