CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AZEK Company (NYSE: AZEK) ("AZEK" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has successfully met the voluntary requirements of +Vantage Vinyl™, a first-of-its kind industry-wide sustainability initiative that engages companies across the entire U.S. vinyl value-chain.
Companies that showcase the +Vantage Vinyl mark have undergone verification by third-party GreenCircle Certified to confirm they are honoring the program’s guiding principles, which focus on resource recovery, emissions, and health & safety, as well as fostering collaboration and open communication. The initiative’s structure ensures that verified companies, like AZEK, are advancing the sustainability journey of the vinyl industry in alignment with targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
“At The AZEK Company, we have made it clear that we believe our success as a business is inextricably linked to our performance on sustainability initiatives, including the development and expansion of our innovative plastic recycling programs, and we are committed to continuous improvement. The +Vantage Vinyl certification underscores and validates these efforts, and we will display it proudly,” Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company, said. “We hope that in leading by example we can inspire other companies across the vinyl industry to join us in creating a more sustainable future.”
To secure the +Vantage Vinyl mark, AZEK has proven that it meets the requirements outlined by the program’s guiding principles and has integrated sustainability activities and key performance indicators required of the initiative into the business. Many of these activities were outlined in AZEK’s first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, published in May 2021, which, among other things, include:
- Details on AZEK’s FULL-CIRCLE PVC Recycling™ program, the first of its kind;
- AZEK’s commitment to use one billion pounds of recycled material in the production of its products annually by the end of 2026;
- Results of a peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which showed that AZEK’s leading TimberTech® decking products outperform sustainably harvested treated-pine decking on a 100-year total Global Warming Potential basis; and
- Formalization of board-level oversight of sustainability and ESG initiatives, as well as a commitment to integrate ESG performance into management’s annual incentive plan.
+Vantage Vinyl is a sustainability initiative of the Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry. It is the only sustainability initiative that allows participation from all companies within the entire vinyl value chain with U.S. operations, ranging from raw material manufacturers and suppliers to final product manufacturers and retailers.
“Congratulations to The AZEK Company for their commitment to sustainable business practices as represented in their verification of meeting the requirements of +Vantage Vinyl,” Jay Thomas, VSC Executive Director, said. “Continuous improvement of sustainability is a critical initiative of the vinyl industry. By verifying through +Vantage Vinyl, The AZEK Company has demonstrated its leadership in advancing the sustainability of its company and the entire industry. We look forward to our continued collaboration and partnership in the +Vantage Vinyl program.”
About The AZEK® Company
The AZEK Company Inc. (NYSE: AZEK) is the industry-leading designer and manufacturer of beautiful, low maintenance and environmentally sustainable outdoor living products, including TimberTech® decking and Versatex® and AZEK Trim®. Consistently recognized as the market leader in innovation, quality and aesthetics, products across AZEK’s portfolio are made from up to 100% recycled material and primarily replace wood on the outside of homes, providing a long-lasting, eco-friendly, and stylish solution to consumers. Leveraging the talents of its nearly 1,700 employees and the strength of relationships across its value chain, The AZEK Company is committed to accelerating the use of recycled material in the manufacturing of its innovative products, keeping millions of pounds of waste out of landfills each year, and revolutionizing the industry to create a more sustainable future. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company operates manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Minnesota, and recently announced a new facility will open in Boise, Idaho. For additional information, please visit azekco.com.
About the Vinyl Sustainability Council
The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), founded in 2016 in partnership with the Vinyl Institute, is a council created to advance the vinyl industry’s efforts in addressing sustainability. The VSC is a collaborative platform for companies, organizations and other industry stakeholders to come together to create a sustainable development path for the industry. For more information, please visit https://vantagevinyl.com/vinyl-sustainability-council/.
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