Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI has been recognized as the first manufacturing company in the building products industry to become Fitwel Certified. MAPEI is also the first project to be certified in Florida under the Single-Tenant Building Scorecard. Created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) together with the General Services Administration (GSA) and operated by the Center for Active Design (CfAD), Fitwel rates workplaces that promote positive health outcomes for occupants. This recognition reinforces MAPEI’s commitment to providing a healthy workplace for its employees.
MAPEI successfully achieved this Fitwel designation by incorporating evidence-based design and policy strategies that support the physical, mental and social health of the occupants in the corporate offices in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Fitwel measures the following aspects when determining certification: Impacts Community Health, Reduces Morbidity and Absenteeism, Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations, Instills Feelings of Well-Being, Increases Physical Activity, Promotes Occupant Safety and Provides Healthy Food Options.
Notable features of MAPEI’s headquarters contributing to the certification include the main staircase, visible from the main entryway and accessible to all occupants. In addition, the headquarters features an outdoor walking trail that provides occupants with increased exposure to the outdoors, encourages physical activity and promotes social interaction. Both of these features contribute to enhanced physical and mental strength. MAPEI has also established policies to create healthy indoor and outdoor environments for building occupants, including policies on indoor air quality and green purchasing.
“This certification shows that we care about our employees just as much as we care about our customers and our products,” said Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI Corporation. “We’re just getting started: We’ve created a baseline using Fitwel’s strategies, and by the time recertification comes around in three years we will have implemented more of the strategies. We look forward to sharing our journey and helping to encourage health and wellness among our supply chain and customer community.”
Currently, only the headquarters in Deerfield Beach is certified.
Fitwel is an evidence-based standard that enables positive impacts on employee health through improvement to design and operations within buildings.
Fitwel is the premier high-impact certification system supporting individual and community health through improvement to building design and operations. Fitwel was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) together with the General Services Administration (GSA). The Center for Active Design (CfAD), an international nonprofit that uses design to foster healthy and engaged communities, is the independent operator and third-party certifier of Fitwel. For more information on Fitwel, visit www.fitwel.org.
Established in 1937, MAPEI Group is globally headquartered in Italy with 90 subsidiaries, including 83 plants in 36 countries. MAPEI is the world-leading manufacturer of mortars, grouts, adhesives and complementary products for installing all types of flooring and wall coverings. The company specializes in developing chemical products for every aspect of construction, from waterproofing and structural strengthening to concrete repairs and tunnel building.
Headquartered in Deerfield Beach (Florida), MAPEI North America consists of the subsidiaries MAPEI Corporation (for the USA), MAPEI Inc. (for Canada) and MAPEI Caribe (for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands), whose 18 facilities collectively have a workforce of more than 1,600 employees. MAPEI facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards. An environmentally conscious manufacturer that reinvests 5% of its revenue into R&D, MAPEI offers training for architects, contractors,= installers and distributors through the MAPEI Technical Institute. For more about MAPEI, visit www.mapei.com or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734).