Whirlpool, parent company of the Hotpoint, Indesit, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands, has been awarded a gold medal from EcoVadis. The medal, which was presented as part of the EcoVadis 2022 Sustainability Ratings, recognises the company’s longstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment.
EcoVadis is an international rating agency that evaluates the performance of businesses, and their supply chains, on environmental, social and ethical factors. The gold medal awarded to Whirlpool EMEA recognises its strong performance across all four categories, and the company has been further commended by EcoVadis for demonstrating an advanced management system on both environmental and ethical issues.
This is demonstrated by initiatives and programmes that Whirlpool has established to improve sustainability across its operations in the UK. On a global scale, the company announced its commitment to reach net zero emissions in its plants and operations by 2030, covering over 30 of its manufacturing sites and large distribution centres around the world. In addition to being on track to achieving this target, Whirlpool UK’s Peterborough HQ and its manufacturing site in Yate have both achieved the goal of zero waste to landfill. Alongside this, all the company’s 14 UK sites are powered 100% by renewable energy, generated by wind and hydro power.
Whirlpool UK is also committed to investing in technology and innovations to drive sustainability in household appliances to help consumers lower their carbon footprint. Additionally, Whirlpool UK has implemented a number of initiatives to improve sustainability across its practices, and has established several educational projects to engage and inspire the next generation on topics surrounding sustainability.
Ian Moverley, communications director for Whirlpool UK Appliances said: “We are incredibly proud to announce that we have been awarded a Gold Medal by EcoVadis. Alongside our commitment to caring for our customers, communities, colleagues and the planet, we have a long history of driving sustainability within our industry, and this prestigious medal recognises our many achievements. At Whirlpool UK, we are constantly looking to the future to improve and enhance our business. We will continue to develop products and technologies that deliver on this vision, while maintaining and further strengthening our commitment to sustainable operations in the years to come.”