Norwalk, CT, May 6, 2020 — HMTX Industries announces its achievement as the first manufacturer in the world to obtain the JUST℠ 2.0 social transparency label, which aids organizations in optimizing policies and practices that improve social equity and enhance employee engagement. HMTX embarked on this journey following the acheivment of the JUST 1.0 social justice label in 2018 for its Chinese factory partners, Elegant Home Tech-Co., Ltd. and Yihua Rundong New Material Co., Ltd.— a first for any company in China (and all of Asia).
Said Rochelle Routman, Chief Sustainability & Quality officer for HMTX, “Gathering the information for JUST was a valuable exercise for us, because it identified where we are doing well and where we need to do better. Being associated with a courageous company that has taken this first step in the flooring industry is very meaningful on many levels, and we encourage others to take a close look at social equity factors, which are shown to increase employee engagement and financial performance.”
Created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the JUST label is essentially a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. HMTX had to report information to ILFI on a wide range of company and employee-related indicators, each of which comes with its own set of requirements for the four levels of performance that can be achieved under JUST 2.0. There are 22 indicators across six different categories, as reflected on the JUST 2.0 label: diversity & inclusion, equity, employee health, employee benefits, stewardship, and purchasing & supply chain.
Said Maria Stolfi, EVP People & Culture, “Applying the quantitative JUST criteria helped us more objectively see our strengths and improvement opportunities. We are proud of our results in Employee Engagement, Health Care and Gender Diversity. Work is well underway to document or improve in all six categories to demonstrate how HMTX truly lives “People before Profits, now and always”.
JUST has provided a roadmap on where HMTX can improve its policies, programs, and practices, as well as increase employee engagement. This process will be repeated as additional information is gathered and its scores are improved.
The labels are issued under HMTX Industries and can be found at: http://justorganizations.com/content/organizations
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About HMTX Industries:
HMTX Industries is a global new materials flooring company and a leader in LVT manufacturing whose brands service a diverse cross-section of the construction marketplace. Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, and doing business in more than 40 countries around the world, the HMTX family includes: Halstead, the leading supplier of LVT to The Home Depot under the LifeProof brand; Metroflor, its signature residential brand in North America; Teknoflor, its focused healthcare and institutional brand; Aspecta, its high-end global contract brand for architects and designers; as well as Vertex, the foundation of the international supply chain for HMTX.
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Tiffany Davis, Director of Corporate Communications