2019 Corporate Sustainability Report

Shaping Milliken for 2025

Although Milliken has been committed to a sustainable enterprise since our founding, the publication of this annual sustainability report helps us regularly evaluate and challenge our capabilities through corporate sustainability. The 2019 report highlights key successes and initiatives in addition to an update on our progress toward our 2025 company goals.

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2025 Milliken Corporate Sustainability Goals


Our 2025 People goals recognize that developing cutting-edge innovations begins with cared-for communities.

  • An inclusive associate community
  • ZERO lost time safety incidents
  • ZERO data privacy breaches
  • 100,000 volunteer hours in our communities
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Our 2025 Planet goals will reduce our global footprint to increase our global impact.

  • Reduce indexed greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and solid waste by 25%
  • ZERO waste to landfill
  • Increase renewable energy use 10x
  • ZERO environmental violations
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Our 2025 Product goals will help to create circular economies through internal assessments and industrywide collaborations.

  • Analyze new products launched using Life Cycle Analysis principles
  • Convene scientists and thought leaders to advance the goal of solving the plastics end-of-life challenge
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United Nations Global Compact

Milliken applies key principles from the United Nations Global Compact – a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices. The goal of the UN Global Impact is for companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles.

Our 2025 sustainability goals support nine of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals. Together, with established global priorities, we aim to positively transform our world.

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National Geographic Platform for Awareness + Action

In 2019, Milliken developed a content platform with National Geographic to spotlight our commitment and convene thought-leaders in a broader dialogue for sustainability solutions. One feature story highlights how Polartec® continues to lead the outdoor industry with sustainable innovation and cutting-edge material science.

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