Nomacorc recently released its first-ever Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. Covering the 2011 calendar year, Nomacorc’s CSR outlines our approach to sustainability through three main guiding principles. Highlights from the report include:
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND ETHICAL CONDUCT
Nomacorc is continuously implementing improvements in our operations and company culture to minimize our impact on the environment. In 2011, we:
An important goal is to calculate and reduce Nomacorc’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on an annual basis. Intensive efforts to reduce product density have significantly decreased the carbon footprint of our corks from approximately 16g CO2-eq in 2007 to an estimated 11g CO2-eq in 2011. The majority of Nomacorc’s product carbon footprint is from raw materials.
PRODUCT QUALITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
Nomacorc’s foundation is the provision of consistent, high-quality closures that deliver an enjoyable consumer experience and serve the winemakers’ intentions. In 2011, Nomacorc:
MOTIVATED AND SAFE EMPLOYEES
Through our employee programs, Nomacorc endeavors to create a safe,supportive, and inspiring atmosphere in which our employees can thrive. In 2011, our team of approximately 500 employees:
RECYCLING OF PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS
Nearly all of the water used during manufacturing of Nomacorc closures is recycled or reclaimed and 100% of waste material created by the Nomacorc production process is recycled and converted to industrial products.
All Nomacorc closures are 100% recyclable with LDPE materials (US RIC 4). Because 90% of the environmental footprint of Nomacorc closures is due to raw materials used, every closure that is recycled has a corresponding 90% reduction in environmental impact. To facilitate higher rates of recycling of closures by consumers, wineries, and
restaurants, in 2009 Nomacorc joined forces with TerraCycle®, a company which collects post consumer use materials across the United States and “upcycles’ the collected materials into unique products sold at major retailers. Nomacorc has also developed a retail partnership program which encourages major wine retailers to support the recycling effort by providing convenient locations for consumers to deposit their used closures. Almost 400,000 wine corks have been recycled in the first months of the program.