America’s National Forest and Grasslands cover over 8% of the surface area of the United States. They’re home to virtually every form of outdoor recreation. In 2019, we established a multi-year partnership with the National Forest Foundation. The National Forest Foundation works on behalf of the American public to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our National Forests, leading forest conservation efforts and responsible recreation. Through our gifts, they will help to ensure these American treasures are available to our communities for generations to come.
Preserving the health of our planet is fundamental to the THOR Industries lifestyle. We have a responsibility to protect our environment, and we strive to conserve resources throughout our operations and through the development of programs like Pick Up America that help preserve our planet for the next generation of campers. Today, our manufacturing processes are more energy- and resource-efficient than ever before, with an emphasis on recycling and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills.
This policy states our commitment to reducing waste, minimizing environmental impact, and promoting conservation. The goal is to boost sustainability and environmental awareness at all levels of our business, as well as among our suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders.
50% EMISSIONS REDUCTION TARGETS BY 2030
We organize our environmental monitoring and reporting into the categories of Greenhouse Gas (GHG), Restricted Substances and Chemicals (RSC), Solid Waste and Recycling (SWR), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Water. THOR’s fiscal year 2019 (August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019) has been defined as the baseline period for environmental reporting. Fiscal year 2019 was chosen for the baseline period for environmental data as it is the most recent and stable business cycle that represents THOR accurately.
By signing the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C “ Commitment, we have taken bold action to acknowledge the environmental, financial and social risks presented by climate change and commit to achieve net-neutral GHG emissions in or before 2050. Furthermore, we have set the interim target of a 50% reduction in GHG emissions in or before 2030.
Continuous improvement and increased efficiency are core to THOR’s operating principles. We have a systematic approach to develop and implement actions required to achieve our interim target of 50% reduction in GHG emissions in or before 2030, while concurrently studying strategic and operational actions required to achieve our longer-term, net-neutral commitments.
Greenhouse Gas Commitment
We believe reducing waste and emissions, minimizing environmental impact, and promoting conservation at all of our locations promotes the long-term health of the company while making the world a better place for all. That is why we are paving the way to a net-zero future by signing the UN Global Compact Business Ambition for 1.5°C Commitment. As part of its focus on Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), we have pledged net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2050 to help meet a 1.5°C future.
SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING
The THOR family of companies has a proud history of leadership in reducing solid waste landfill disposal and increasing recycling. We are pleased to announce our goal of 50% reduction of solid waste landfill disposal in or before 2030.
Achieving this goal requires close collaboration with our value stream partners, particularly suppliers, to design out non-recyclable materials, reduce the quantity of packaging materials used, and increase the frequency of returnable packaging. We continue to aggressively research opportunities to increase waste recycling as technology improves in this area.
For Restricted Substances & Chemicals (RSC), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), and Water, THOR has collected baseline data for fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2020. We are currently analyzing data collected, establishing processes to measure and report, and working to define meaningful targets to demonstrate industry-leading stewardship for these categories in the future.
In keeping with our operating philosophy of continuous improvements, we have launched an Environmental Management System (EMS) to establish integrated procedures and standardized processes for training team members, along with monitoring, summarizing and reporting environmental performance information. The system has been developed and reviewed by THOR personnel with subject matter expertise on the topic, and the system has been designed to be consistent with the architecture of ISO 14001. We have not engaged third party assurance for our EMS system, but consider this an option moving forward as appropriate.
We’re partnering with KOA to help Pick Up America. This national partnership encourages people to keep our outdoor spaces clean by pledging to remove trash from public lands. Pick Up America's promotion of conservation of public spaces through litter removal resulted in pledges from individual supporters to pick up 226 tons of trash in FY 2019 alone. By leaving the trails, forests, waterways, and recreation areas cleaner than we found them, we help ensure others experience the outdoors for generations to come.