Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI received the 2020 GreenStep Product award from Floor Covering Weekly magazine at the virtual GreenStep Environmental Awards presentation, which was held on Thursday, October 1. The GreenStep Product award is presented to companies with “flooring or flooring-related product(s) that are manufactured sustainably or promote sustainable living.”
Instead of submitting just one product for consideration, MAPEI submitted the company’s product process itself for consideration. “When most of the company’s products feature green attributes – by design – it is difficult to focus on a single product for honorable mention,” said Brittany Storm, MAPEI Corporation’s Sustainability Manager. “At MAPEI, it is our product process that is noteworthy.”
MAPEI Corporation’s President and CEO Luigi Di Geso, along with MAPEI Corporation’s Director of Technical Services Jim Whitfield, joined Storm at the GreenStep event to accept the award for MAPEI.
“MAPEI is honored to receive this GreenStep Product award from Floor Covering Weekly,” Di Geso said. “We are committed to the health and sustainability of our employees, our products, our clients and partners, our industry and our communities. Sustainability is built into everything we do. This award recognizes that commitment.”
“This award is the culmination of every department working closely together,” Whitfield said. “At MAPEI, sustainability and communication are closely connected. It is a part of our process and is necessary for such a strong sustainability policy to exist.”
“That communication process is passed along to our clients in the form of current and relevant third-party-verified documentation, such as Green Squared certifications. MAPEI is the only tile-setting manufacturer to offer these reports,” Storm said. “There are also Environmental Product Declarations for 30-plus products, Material Ingredient reports for 50-plus products and VOC emissions certifications for 280-plus products.”
Whitfield agreed, saying, “These sustainable products cross all 11 of our product lines. All of these sustainable reports are offered freely upon request and are also featured in multiple green-building databases, including mindful MATERIALS. This is why we could not choose one product, but rather had to highlight our entire product process when it comes to championing the environment and sustainability. At MAPEI, these factors are literally built into our process.”
Established in 1937, MAPEI Group is globally headquartered in Italy with 90 subsidiaries, including 83 plants in 57 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 1,700 employees. MAPEI facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 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).