Building a Sustainable Future - Owens Corning's 2021 Sustainability Report

Thank you for your interest in Owens Corning and the sustainability efforts that are at the heart of our operations. This is our 16th annual report, and we hope you find it to be a valuable resource in understanding our all-encompassing approach to sustainability.

Our theme this year is inspired by Owens Corning’s refreshed mission statement, which was adopted in 2021: Building a sustainable future through material innovation.

Throughout this report, we demonstrate how we are working to fulfill that mission, as well as the many ways our people and our products are helping make the world a better place. Our emphasis on a sustainable future is especially appropriate this year, as this is the first report to be completely focused on our 2030 sustainability goals. This ambitious slate of objectives underscores our aspiration to be a net-positive company, one whose positive impacts far outweigh any negative impacts.

Our sustainability goals are built on three key pillars:

  • Expanding our product handprint. We endeavor to increase the positive impacts our products have on the world.
  • Reducing our environmental footprint. We seek to limit the negative impact our operations have on the environment.
  • Increasing our social handprint. We work to safeguard people’s safety and help ensure that they live with health, happiness, and human dignity.

The report is structured around 16 Sustainability Materiality Topics, which our stakeholders have indicated are most meaningful to them, and we have arranged the topics based on their relevance to these three pillars. We have prepared this report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Comprehensive option. This is the more extensive option for GRI reporting, requiring additional disclosure related to our strategy, ethics and integrity, and governance. This report has been independently verified, including data and descriptions of all the ways our commitment to sustainability manifests itself.

The chapters include explanations of our overall approach to each material topic, descriptions of the various initiatives we have in place to achieve our goals, and overviews of our progress to date. Additional supporting data can be found in the appendices at the end of the report, as well as indices reflecting information in response to the GRI standards, the United Nations Global Compacts (UNGC), AdvancedLevel Communication on Progress, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) reporting requirements.

Throughout the report, we also spotlight some of the employees who are helping to drive our efforts in each of our material topics. These Speaking of Sustainability interviews reveal the personal side of our endeavors and underscore the idea that our work in general — and our sustainability goals in particular — are global in scope and human in scale.

Owens Corning is building a more sustainable future on a solid foundation, one that is based on years of successful innovation and dedication to our goals. As we continue to make progress on a new slate of goals — our most ambitious to date — we hope you will be inspired to join us on our sustainability journey. 

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Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

Owens Corning Celebrates National Safety Month by Living Safely
We aspire to achieve the following goals: make it impossible for injuries and illnesses to occur, achieve a level of safety at least equivalent to the rest of Owens Corning within one year and emphasize the elimination of serious injury risks.

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

Owens Corning: Some Circular-Economy Initiatives From 2021
From large-scale enterprises to smaller on-site campaigns, Owens Corning sites around the world are taking steps to contribute to the overall circular economy and achieve our sustainability goals.

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

Owens Corning's Circular Economy Performance - Wind Turbine Blades
Wind power remains a central component of the world’s renewable energy strategies, and Owens Corning is proud to produce glass used in the reinforced composite materials that make wind turbine blades and nacelles.

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

Owens Corning's Paroc's Take-Back Model
In recent years, Owens Corning Paroc’s take-back model has continued to improve, and we are expanding by entering agreements with partners for support in collection and logistics to increase efficiency and flexibility in our model.

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

Owens Corning's Approach to Circular Economy
The following objectives are essential to the establishment of Owens Corning's circular economy model.

Research, Reports & Publications

Owens Corning's Approach to Sustainable Growth
By 2030, we will design our products for recycling or reuse to optimize the impact of our products over their entire life cycle, from raw materials to disposal.

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

Owens Corning's Circular Economy Goal
By 2030, we will establish viable circular economy business models involving our materials and how they are used.

Responsible Production & Consumption

Data-Driven Solutions for Sustainability
Each step on our sustainability journey is measured against a set of quantifiable metrics and specific targets. As our journey has progressed, we have worked to develop data-driven methods that provide quantifiable measures of our improvement.

Research, Reports & Publications

Building a Sustainable Future: Owens Corning Releases 16th Annual Sustainability Report
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) has published its sustainability report of initiatives and results from 2021. The data and stories detail the company’s progress toward its ambitious 2030 Sustainability Goals.

Research, Reports & Publications

A Message From Our CEO and CSO
As we communicate each year, our aspiration is to be a net-positive company. In the pages of our 16th annual sustainability report, it’s our privilege to provide some highlights of our goals and approach, the progress we’ve made, and our work ahead.
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