Eastman Chemical Company has been named a gold winner in the Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in the third annual Best in Biz Awards, the only business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.
Eastman was recognized for its implementation of a series of employee sustainability and advocacy programs to integrate sustainability "from the inside out," as well as operational highlights including an overall energy intensity reduction of 2.5% in 2012 compared to 2011(equal to GHG emissions from 28,000 cars,) and being on track to meet its pledge to have two-thirds of its revenues come from sustainably-advantaged products by 2015.
Achievements cited included being the only chemical company to receive Energy Star Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year and being named 2013 Responsible Care Company of the Year in the large company category. Eastman joined and is an active participant in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global organization of companies committed to sustainable development and promoting the role of eco-efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility. In addition, Eastman released its Global Reporting Initiative in 2012 and a Sustainability Progress Report in 2013.
"We are honored to be a Gold level winner in the Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards," said Godefroy Motte, Eastman's chief sustainability officer. "As a specialty chemical company, Eastman is focused on both responding to and creating demand for sustainable solutions that satisfy the needs of a changing world. This recognition is a tribute to Eastman men and women around the world who continue to make sustainability part of our culture."