Belgotex Floors won the prestigious Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards announced at the World Wildlife Fund’s headquarters. The awards, now in their second year, were instituted by the retail giant’s American holding company Walmart to recognise and reward its suppliers’ environmental initiatives and commitment to sustainable supply chain management. Belgotex Floors, whose “Green Journey” began in 1991, beat off stiff competition from 325 other large blue chip FMCG companies such as Mondi, Sappi and Aspen Pharmaceuticals to scoop the coveted title. Ten finalists including Distell, I& J and Sea Harvest ,York Timbers, Ina Paarman and Backsberg Wine Estate were selected following rigorous verification, plant inspections and interviews to assess the sustainability of each entrant’s manufacturing practices. Entries were judged against 35 environmental indicators developed in 2011 following Massmart’s self-assessment surveys that enabled the company to begin profiling the environmental practices of over 1000 suppliers since 2009.Belgotex, who manufacture carpets and artificial lawn at their 100 000sqm Pietermaritzburg factory,were announced as the winner for their ongoing commitment to environmental best practice. The company continuously adopts new ecologically and economically sustainable production practices and recently achieved the internationally respected GreenTag “Level A” certification for several ranges that earn maximum credits for green building ratings. Some of the environmental initiatives implemented by Belgotex include the installation of 12 000sqm of photovoltaic solar panels on their factory roof in 2013, a Total Water Management system and Rainwater Harvesting Initiative, as well as several recycling programmes and product development initiatives designed for resource optimisation and waste reduction. Contact: Belgotex Floors
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