At HMTX, we are answering the need to invest in a restorative ecosystem, and we are doing our part to educate, motivate and encourage others to do the same. The future starts with all of us, at this moment.
As a global leader in sustainable and transparent practices, HMTX sets industry standards for high performing and biophilically designed products. Manufacturing processes, workplaces, global outreach and product ingredients all reflect a dedication to the environment, well-being, social justice and equity.
Under the direction of Chief Sustainability Officer Rochelle Routman, the Product Authority Team serves as an information clearinghouse that directs the manner in which sustainability unfolds throughout the global enterprise. The team is involved in all aspects of the product channel: supply chain sustainability, product and social transparency, customer service, testing and compliance, innovation, quality and performance.
Nowhere is the company’s commitment to sustainability and transparency more evident than in its business practices in China. Far from hiding the origin of its products, HMTX is defining a new standard of transparency in Chinese manufacturing. The decision to pursue this influential and aspirational strategy was made by Group CEO Harlan Stone.
Over three decades, the Stone family has worked closely with two Chinese factories to push boundaries, proving that it’s possible for Chinese manufacturing to deliver on product quality and transparency in social justice, product ingredients and product lifecycle impacts.
Under the leadership of HMTX, both factories have achieved the JUST℠ social justice label—a first for any company in China (and all of Asia). The JUST program gauges a company’s performance in a wide range of metrics, including safety, diversity, worker benefits and community engagement.
A variety of Aspecta, Metroflor, and Teknoflor flooring products carry Declare℠ labels and Health Product Declarations® (HPD), which are used to disclose and screen product ingredients. In fact, Aspecta Ten was the first rigid core / multilayer modular flooring product to receive a Declare label and the first to receive an HPD. The company has issued several Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its Aspecta line and will complete EPDs for its entire line of Aspecta products by early 2020. For the residential customer, Halstead products are accompanied by a “Transparency Beyond Ingredients” document that provides them with product ingredients and product safety data—another first for the industry.
In addition, the Teknoflor line offers alternatives to traditional vinyl flooring, such as Naturescapes HPD – a polyurethane sheet flooring product that was the first hard-surface flooring product in the world to receive Living Product Challenge℠ (LPC) Petal Certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
Certifications are just part of the company’s sustainability story. Our commitment to organizations that are doing important sustainability work around the world include the following:
First Global Angel Sponsor of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
First sponsor in China of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
Innovator Sponsor of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC)
Trendsetter Sponsor of mindful MATERIALS (mM)
Member of Ocean Blue Project
Member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Member of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save The Sound
International Living Future InstituteSM (ILFI) Living Product ChallengeSM (LPC) Petal Certification for Naturescapes HPD™
Founding Circle Sponsor of Living Future Europe
Strategic Partner of Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA)
Multi-year sponsor of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA)
Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB),
aka German Sustainable Building Council
Member of Living Product 50 (LP50)