Eastman Chemical Company to Join Together for Sustainability

Eastman Chemical Company to Join Together for Sustainability

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 3:30pm

KINGSPORT, Tenn., December 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Eastman Chemical Company today announces it will join Together for Sustainability (TfS). Eastman and TfS have confirmed acceptance of Eastman’s application to the consortium as the first U.S.-based company to join, with plans to finalize Eastman’s membership in early 2015.

Together for Sustainability is a procurement-led initiative established by European-based multinational companies to drive improvements in sustainable procurement through standard processes, including shared audits and assessments. As a global specialty chemical company with significant business in Europe, Eastman has been working closely with TfS to understand membership requirements to expand the organization to U.S.-based companies. Mike Berry, Eastman’s Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), will represent Eastman on the TfS General Assembly as well as in the CPO Meetings.

“At Eastman, we are committed to sustainable procurement and supply chain management,” says Berry.” Joining TfS is a natural step for Eastman as we move forward in our efforts to continually assess and improve our environmental impact and sustainable business practices. We have already implemented a number of the TfS principles into our supply chain operations. This membership provides opportunity to collaborate with other companies, making a difference across the industry.”

Eastman has a long history of sustainably-focused operations. For more than 25 years, Eastman has been a leader in Responsible Care®. For the past three years, Eastman has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, winning the Sustained Excellence Award in 2014. Eastman’s commitment to sustainability crosses all businesses and functions, notably its Integrated Global Supply Chain encompassing procurement, logistics and supply chain execution.

As senior vice president of Eastman’s Global Supply Chain and Chief Regional and Sustainability Officer, Godefroy Motte, emphasizes the importance of embedding sustainability across the value chain.

“Creating collaboration along the value chain is an important theme among leaders of sustainability in terms of understanding both your suppliers and customers,” says Motte. “This collaboration can only be achieved if all partners are taking courageous leadership. TfS is a platform that brings those leaders together to understand what our customers and consumers need, and how we as upstream suppliers can influence change in the marketplace.”

As part of Eastman’s commitment to TfS, the company will continue to support the principles of UN Global Compact and Responsible Care, engage suppliers and other stakeholders to advance sustainable development, report sustainability performance, address stakeholder concerns about sustainable aspects in the supply chain, and operate in accordance with industry codes and applicable laws and regulations.

More information on TfS is available at http://www.tfs-initiative.com/.

Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.


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