Demands for integrating sustainability into business practices are increasing and people, companies and organizations are constantly looking for new ideas and solutions to improve their sustainability. A recent Harvard study showed that companies with strong sustainability programs see an increase in employee satisfaction by 55%.1
Sustainability and business are linked as more than 66% of consumers say that they would pay more for sustainable options of goods and services – with an even higher percentage among millennials (73%).2
Globally, 67% of companies say that sustainability strategies are necessary to be competitive3 , and research from the World Economic Forum shows that eco-innovative companies of all sizes are growing, on average, at a rate of 15 per cent a year, while their respective markets have remained flat.4
The new Tork approach, Sustainable Life Away from Home, is based on what we have learned from collaborating with our customers globally. Additional sustainability trends can be found in the Tork Sustainable Life Away from Home Trend Report 2019 that covers topics such as climate change, carbon emissions, and the circular economy, providing insightful knowledge that companies can use to better their sustainability performance.
The Tork approach is built on the three pillars created by Essity, maker of the Tork brand, and are designed to contribute to a more sustainable world. Tork is focused on providing sustainable products and services that improve well-being, create more from less and contribute to a circular society.
Our ambitions for 2030 are set to meet our overall Essity corporate sustainability strategy, and our Tork goals. On well-being, we aim to have 60% of all Tork innovations to be people innovations. These are innovations that contribute social benefits for customers, consumers and society. Additionally, we are also committed to ensuring that our Tork products will have a 33% lower environmental footprint by 2030.
Tork has long been a forerunner in sustainability in the Professional Hygiene sector. With innovations that allow the end-customer to reduce consumption, cut carbon emissions and minimize waste, Tork helps businesses reach their own sustainability targets.
Examples of the three pillars:
Well-being: Tork Clean Care™ Program has numerous hygiene tools, tips and global insights for improving hygiene for better business. In 2018, we trained 175,000 people on better hand hygiene.
More from Less: Tork Coreless Bath Tissue has an 11% lower carbon footprint and 82% less packaging waste5. Tork PeakServe® provides double the towels you can carry and store as they’re compressed by 50%.6
Circularity: A circularity initiative is Closed Loop Recycling in North America that enables customers to turn recycled office paper into locally manufactured third-party certified paper hand towels and napkins, helping our customers close the loop on their paper waste. For the University of Vermont, the program has helped divert over 15,000 cubic feet of office paper from traditional recycling which means they have avoided the burning of 75,000 gallons of oil and cut 12,000 pounds of air pollutants from transportation and production.7 Tork is committed to sustainable business practices.
Tork is a brand from the global hygiene and health company Essity, recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies. Essity is a United Nations Global Compact Signatory and prioritizes six of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Essity also partners with the Science Based Targets Carbon Reduction Initiative and had its targets approved in 2018.
ork is committed to taking a lead on sustainability – helping our customers, their employees and guests to do the same.
2 Nielsen Global Sustainability Report, 2015
3 MIT as quoted in https://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/sustainability-by-the-num_b_2158104.html?guccounter=1
5 Based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Tork Toilet paper, on the European market, conducted by Essity and verified
by Swerea IVF 2017
6 Compared to Tork Universal refills and folded towel dispenser 552020.
7 Based on epa.gov industry data.
The Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers worldwide ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Our products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, wipers, but also software solutions for data-driven cleaning. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader that supports customers to think ahead so they’re always ready for business. Tork is a global brand of Essity, and a committed partner to customers in over 110 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit www.torkusa.com
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through products and services, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 47,000 employees and net sales in 2018 amounted to approximately SEK 118.5bn (EUR 11.6bn). The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com