Eastman is driven to solve the world’s greatest challenges by creating the most sustainable materials. That’s why it’s so important that our suppliers deliver value-adding sustainable products and solutions. Each year, 100% of our procurement organization receives training on supply chain sustainability.
Eastman is a member of Together for Sustainability (TfS), a procurement-led initiative focused on increasing sustainability of the chemical industry supply chain. As a member, we request suppliers complete the TfS-endorsed EcoVadis sustainability assessment which has four elements: environment, labor practices, fair business practices and sustainable procurement.
The environmental element incorporates questions and scoring related to the supplier’s climate impact. Eastman is actively participating in a TfS work stream focused on developing and launching a standard guideline for consistent product carbon footprints across chemical supply chains. This standard will provide the visibility needed to drive improvements in Scope 3 emissions.
TfS develops and implements a global supplier engagement program to assess, audit and improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the industry. Members evaluate their suppliers’ sustainability management with assessments conducted via EcoVadis and TfS audits and on-site inspections conducted by preapproved audit companies. The program focuses on the environment, labor practices, fair business practices and sustainable procurement.
The results are shared among members, with the supplier’s consent. In 2021, Eastman increased the percent of continuing direct spend with suppliers with valid assessments from 63% to 69% (44% in 2019).1
Since 1988, the company has actively supported and participated in the chemical industry’s Responsible Care® initiative. Eastman is committed to protecting people and the environment. Responsible Care provides the guiding principles for the way we operate facilities and do business with suppliers and customers.
For years, ENERGY STAR® has been a prime example of Eastman collaboration and leadership in environmental stewardship. A program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR celebrates and recognizes excellence in energy efficiency, and Eastman has received the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award eight times. The ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award recognizes continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR, and Eastman has been received six Sustained Excellence awards. Eastman encourages its suppliers and customers to become ENERGY STAR Partners. To learn more about the program, visit www.energystar.gov.