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USG Corporation Furthers Commitment to Green Practices with First Annual Corporate Sustainability Report
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
USG Corporation Furthers Commitment to Green Practices with First Annual Corporate Sustainability Report09:30 EDT Wednesday, August 04, 2010 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) today announced the availability of its first annual Corporate Sustainability Report. The voluntary report, titled Building in Harmony, introduces and describes USG's approach to sustainability and the company's commitment to responsible business practices. USG's 2009 Corporate Sustainability Report can be accessed at USG's Web site, www.usg.com Sustainable development can be described as the practice of efficiently using energy and natural resources to meet current needs without compromising the needs of future generations. USG defines sustainability as balancing economic, environmental and social factors to guide business decisions creating long term value for the corporation, its stakeholders and society. The report, organized in three sections—environmental, social and economic sustainability, reviews USG's efforts throughout the past year and describes the company's future objectives. “For more than 100 years, USG has produced high-quality products that help produce safe, efficient and affordable buildings,” said Jim Metcalf, president and chief operating officer, USG Corporation. “Sustainability has moved from a trend to a key business driver. Sustainable business practices have always been a priority for us and we are proud of our efforts; USG is committed to those efforts to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees and customers. This report is the first of many that will update our progress on our shared values.” The environmental sustainability section of the report describes the company's commitment to reduce and reuse waste, use natural resources such as water and energy more efficiently, and recycle materials into new resources. In 2009 USG introduced EcoBlueprint™, a focused commitment to reducing the company's environmental footprint throughout the entire product cycle from raw materials to use, recycling and reuse. EcoBlueprint aligns USG's corporate strategy with environmental sustainability and comprises three main priorities: develop responsible customer solutions; enhance energy management; and improve resource utilization. The second section describes USG's social responsibility and its long-standing commitment to communities in which it conducts business. USG is a leader in industrial safety and providing safe workplaces is its number-one priority. Additionally, the company supports programs that help communities in need and that safeguard the environment, helping revitalize, and protect and preserve human health and natural resources. The report's final section describes USG's economic sustainability and its focus on building trustworthy and mutually beneficial relationships with employees, customers and business partners. The company's unwavering philosophy has helped USG provide the leading-edge building solutions used for the past 108 years. “The world's understanding of sustainability is developing quickly and we are pleased to see the growing popularity of green building,” said Al Zucco, senior director, Energy and Sustainability, USG Corporation. “We continue to offer our customers expertise in building science, responsible customer solutions and a better understanding of the life-cycle environmental impacts of our products. We thank our valued customers and employees for their efforts in helping to make the world a better place for future generations.” The 2009 Corporate Sustainability Report is available in its entirety at www.usg.com, where news and information on the company's sustainability practices will be updated regularly under the EcoBlueprint section. USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, Inc. and L&W Supply Corporation and other subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG's worldwide operations serve the residential and non-residential construction markets, repair and remodel construction markets, and industrial processes. USG's wall, ceiling, flooring and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, while L&W Supply center locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide. For additional information, visit the USG Web site at www.usg.com.