Creating a More Sustainable World

At Stanley Black & Decker we have a longstanding commitment to “Create a More Sustainable World” by staying ahead of climate-, waste- and water-related influences. This commitment is stronger than ever and remains fundamental to the way in which we operate. Our 2030 targets of becoming carbon positive, achieving zero waste to landfill and sustainable water use across our operations is our response to making a lasting positive difference for communities and our world.

2030 UN Sustainable
Development Goals

Being ECOSMARTTM means actively working toward cleaner water, curtailing waste and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions — goals we encourage all to share.

8,840 metric tons

of CO2e reductions in 2018 resulting from ongoing ECOSMART projects

4,000 metric tons

of CO2e reductions targeted in 2019 from additional projects

Our 2030 Goal

Carbon Positive Across Our Operations by 2030

Actions to 2030 Goals:**

Carbon Positive Operations
By 2030, we plan to be carbon positive in our operations on a global basis, meaning our carbon capture is greater than carbon emissions.

Sustainable Water Use
We seek to use water sustainably wherever we do business. We are mapping water risks and setting context-based targets that address site-specific concerns in each river basin — important given that water availability and risks are highly localized.

Zero Waste to Landfill
We continue to work towards achieving zero waste to landfill, across our operations. This goal applies to our daily direct operations (one-off construction and other events may be excluded). We encourage reuse and recycling in all instances.

*Our 2030 CSR Carbon | Water | Waste goals exclude those Factory Outlets | Service Centers | Offices where we are unable to directly influence the purchase of energy, water, and disposal of waste.

Renewable Energy

We have always focused on sustainable operations and are proud to expand those efforts to support renewable energy.

100% Wind-Powered Plant in
Mission, Texas

Our new Global Tools and Storage facility in Mission, Texas, was born green and clean, as our company’s first manufacturing plant powered 100 percent by renewable energy. The plant manufactures plastic injection molding components for DEWALT and Craftsman power tools, and assembles lithium-ion battery packs and cordless power drills. The site also uses 100 percent LED lighting, which consumes less energy and is up to 80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Suzhou Solar

Our Tools and Storage plant in Suzhou, China, completed their rooftop solar project in June 2018. This project is expected to generate 2,500 MWh of electricity per year, equal to 35 percent of their total electrical demand. This saving is in addition to the existing solar array that also generates 1,000 MWh of electricity across our Suzhou sister operations. The impact of these investments is expected to further reduce Stanley Black & Decker’s CO2e footprint by over 2,500 metric tons.

This effort allows us to reduce the environmental impact of our U.S. operations, and protect the environment. It also supports the development of renewable energy technologies and will continue to be a tool for us in the future to meet our aggressive Carbon Positive goal.”

Deb Geyer, VP, Environment, Health, Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility

Renewable Energy Certificate

At the close of 2018, for the first time, we acquired 158,000 MWh of Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match part of our U.S. electricity load. One REC represents the environmental benefits associated with one megawatt-hour of energy generated from renewable resources. Our investment is the environmental equivalent of taking over 25,000 cars off the road for one year.

Zero Waste to Landfill Achieved by Stanley Access Technology Greenfield Plant

Our plant in Greenfield, Indiana, which makes automatic doors, was the latest manufacturing plant to achieve zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) status.* The factory joins 34 of our manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world that have already achieved ZWTL – more than a quarter of our global operational footprint.

In 2018, these initiatives included:

  • A full review of our waste streams and disposition by facility
  • Training for over 250 of our global management teams
  • Launching strategic 2019 goals for each business unit
  • The development of a ZWTL roadmap and guidance
  • Peer to Peer networking
  • Sourcing a third-party digital platform that would enable Stanley Black & Decker to share best practice activities both internally and externally

Through the ongoing implementation of these ZWTL initiatives we are targeting an additional eight sites to become ZWTL in 2019.

*Zero Waste to Landfill excludes mandated hazardous waste to landfill.

14,000 metric tons

of waste diverted away from landfill over past 3–5 years as a result of our combined Zero Waste to Landfill initiatives

Lighthouse” Factory Committed
to Sustainability

Our Tools and Storage plant in Jackson, Tennessee, was honored to be the 54th company within the state to be recognized as a Tennessee Green Star Partner. The partnership recognizes manufacturers that are committed to sustainability and that exhibit continuous improvement throughout their entire operation. This partnership has resulted in many positive environmental outcomes, including significant CO2e emissions reductions through waste diversion and increased energy efficiency, as well as developing a zero waste to landfill roadmap, to be realized in early 2019.

Sustainable Water Use

We continue our strong practice of reducing water consumption across our global operations. A few of the many examples in 2018 include harvesting rainwater for sanitary use at our Tools and Storage Brackmills Distribution Centre in the UK, and applying innovative and water-efficient technology such as adiabatic chillers at our Hellaby Manufacturing Plant, also in the UK, both projects achieving measurable reductions in water consumption.

With our global spread and variety of operations, we are developing context-based water targets as part of our 2030 CSR ambitions. These are targets that address site-specific concerns in each river basin, and are extremely important given that water availability and risks are highly localized. To further this approach, we will continue developing partnerships with peers including World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Resources Institute (WRI) and CDP.