Sustainability is part of our mindset and leads the way we work, collaborate and do business. Our Sustainability Strategy is deployed throughout all of Tarkett’s activities. Here are some examples of how Tarkett is contributing positively to people’s quality of life and to the planet at each step of the product life cycle.
Cradle to Cradle ® Community
Tarkett deploys the Cradle to Cradle ® principles for all activities, products and plants worldwide. Tarkett’s goal is to design products today to be raw materials of tomorrow, applying the first Cradle to Cradle ® principle (Waste = Food) to select healthy and safe materials that can be perpetually cycled.
Tarkett provides complete information about the chemistry of its products and their impact on human health and the broader ecosystem through the entire product lifecycle. So our customers can make the most informed purchasing decision possible. In North America, Tarkett has launched the Material Health Statement (MHS), which is a third-party verified product ingredient disclosure and material assessment declaration.
Tarkett at the Venice Biennial
The world’s largest architectural event, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016 focused on improving the quality of the built environment and people’s quality of life. Tarkett showcased its renewable-based linoleum products (linseed oil, jute and cork), made in Narni, Italy, and to discuss how companies and architects can work together to create a true circular economy based on Cradle to Cradle ® principles.
Green Tours Multiply
After Narni and Clervaux, employees at Ronneby, in Sweden, hosted Nordic sales teams in a third Green Tour plant visit. The tour highlighted transport initiatives that reduce Tarkett’s carbon footprint and the unique production set-up that optimizes material use, reduces energy consumption and integrates recycled content directly on the line.
Tarkett partnered with Veolia, a leading French company in recycling, in France and Germany to accelerate its flooring recovery and collection program ReStart®. Veolia collects and sorts resilient post-installation flooring off-cuts from Tarkett’s customers in the building industry. The flooring collected and sorted is recycled in Tarkett’s production sites. This partnership sets out to double collecting centers in France and develop into other geographical areas. Similar partnerships are also in place in the UK, Belgium and Nordic countries with other local companies. In addition, further research is ongoing with other industry and research partners.
Tarkett Charity Program
Tarkett Cares allows employees to give the best of themselves both at work and in the community. Some highlight projects in 2016 included purchasing teams from headquarters in Paris sharing their professional expertise with two charities. Baçka Palanka hosted its annual Festival of Ecological Theater for Young people and Tarkett organized educational workshops for local children.
As part of Tarkett France's 2017 Annual Convention, 170 employees volunteered some of their time to Les “Restaurants du Cœur”, a recognized association whose aim is to combat poverty and to provide voluntary assistance to the poor.