Corporate Social Responsibility

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Committed to making the planet a better place
Newell Brands’ work in sustainability and corporate social responsibility is critical for our employees, consumers, customers, communities and investors. We’re continually striving to keep our workplaces safe, limit the environmental impact of our products and operations and foster an inclusive environment where everyone is empowered to contribute and make an impact. To learn more, please view our 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Corporate Social Responsibility at Newell Brands

Sustainable Operations

We strive to view our decisions through the lens of sustainability to ensure we are balancing our purpose with our business by managing environmental impacts and reducing energy use and emissions, waste and our impacts on water and land surrounding our facilities. Overall, we have set sustainability goals against a 2016 baseline and have committed to achieve the following by 2025:

  • Reduce our energy usage by 25%;
  • Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 30%;
  • Ensure 90% of transporters are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay® Transport Partnership; and
  • Reduce landfill disposal by recycling or reusing 90% of the waste we generate each year.

Smart Energy Use
Yankee Candle implemented an LED lighting project at its storage facility located in South Deerfield, MA, upgrading the existing 175 (460W) Ceramic Metal Halide High Bay Fixtures with new energy efficient LED fixtures (240W) and lamps. Occupancy sensors were installed on 50 percent of new fixtures. This project serves as an excellent example of how sustainability can reduce costs and save money, reduce environmental impacts and support workplace safety.

Project Savings

  • 176 tons of CO2 in annual emissions savings
  • 232,000 kWh of annual energy savings
  • $34,800 annual energy cost savings
  • $41,000 total rebates for project
  • 0.95 year return on project investment

Our Products

Our products are designed to simplify and improve consumers’ everyday lives and help them do some good in the world. We’re committed to sustainability at each step of the product life cycle and in the way, we operate in the workplace and our communities. We realize sustainability has no end point but is a journey of responsibility, transparency and accountability and we’re proud stewards of brands that support a planet friendly lifestyle, including:

Reducing single-use plastics: Contigo®, Bubba®, Rubbermaid®;
Preserving food and/or reducing food waste: Ball®, FoodSaver®, Rubbermaid® Rubbermaid Freshworks®, Sistema®;
Collecting and diverting waste properly: Rubbermaid Commercial Products®; and
Choosing sustainably-sourced products: Marmot®.

Our packaging is the first step in increasing the circular economy of our products. We have set packaging goals to remove difficult to recycle materials, increase sustainably sourced materials. We have set product packaging goals to remove difficult to recycle materials and increase sustainably sourced materials:

By 2025, eliminate the use of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) in all product packaging; and
By 2025, have 100% of our direct sourced paper-based product packaging supplied by certified, verified or recycled sources

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Mobile Marketing Showrooms
The Rubbermaid Commercial Products® (RCP) team has four mobile marketing selling showrooms that travel across the U.S. to various customer facilities, distributor locations and trade events. One of the showrooms is dedicated specifically to highlighting sustainable solutions, while the other three display a variety of products that also support sustainability. All four trucks include products that contain recycled content that contribute to water conservation, help reduce landfill waste and encourage recycling and compositing habits. During these visits, our team works with end users to analyze their waste streams, identify key areas for improvement and offer RCP product recommendations that will enable them to practice better habits. The Mobile Marketing team has made more than 350 customer visits including 50 site assessments and waste audits.

Ethics & Compliance

We are committed to upholding the highest ethical and legal compliance standards. We maintain a number of policies that guide our employees and suppliers to act ethically and in compliance with laws and regulations.

We regularly perform audits on our suppliers to assess compliance with Newell Brands' Vendor Code of Conduct and Newell Brands' Responsible Sourcing Manual requirements, both of which outline our program expectations and best practices for driving continuous improvement (areas of focus include laws and regulations, anti-bribery, wages and benefits, working hours, child labor, forced labor and anti-slavery, health and safety, environmental protection, dormitory standards and subcontracting).

Supplier Training
We offer annual supplier training focused on continuous improvement, sharing best practices, developing our suppliers and helping them align with laws and our own requirements. Some of the topics covered in the training included establishing effective management systems, building a proactive culture around fire safety, environmental protection and integrating sustainability within factories to go beyond compliance. Beyond our annual training event, we offer frequent webinars, e-learning modules, round tables and on-site training for suppliers.

Related Links: Business Ethics, Vendor Code of Conduct, Conflict Minerals Report

Our People

Positive change begins from within and we realize it is our employees who have the passion necessary for our success. We have a range of Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Wellness & Safety programs designed to create an inclusive and engaged workforce. We strive to support a diverse and inclusive working environment that gives our people the opportunity to develop and succeed. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is important to us as a company and to our people. The Newell Brands Charitable Foundation is the cornerstone of our philanthropy efforts. Through volunteering, product donations, financial support and strategic initiatives and partnerships, we strive to make a difference in our communities while engaging our employees.

Local Impact Grant Program and Volunteerism
The Local Impact Grant Program (LIGP), funded by the Newell Brands Charitable Foundation, was launched in 2019. The program enables employees to nominate and vote for which nonprofits will receive a grant from the Foundation. In its first year, grants totaling $250,000 were donated to 36 nonprofits in North America for programs and initiatives that align with our strategic giving pillars.

Newell Brands x KaBOOM!
In 2017, we joined efforts with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids great, safe places to play. We fund and help build playgrounds in the communities closest to the company’s operations. Each project under this initiative is achieved with the help of Newell Brands employee volunteers across the United States. In 2019, we completed eight play spaces in underserved areas located near our business operations in Atlanta, GA; South Deerfield, MA, Miami/Boca Raton, FL; Chicago, IL; High Point, NC and Hoboken, NJ.

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