EACH YEAR, THE ST. JOHN INDUSTRIAL GROUP shares emission data in an effort to keep St. John the Baptist Parish residents informed on recent environmental accomplishments. We celebrate student art, one of our annual meeting highlights, and delight in the appreciation of our environment through the eyes of young people.
This year, we illustrate the value of emission reductions and the constant effort to discover new and better ways to accomplish emission reduction goals. We want to communicate the myriad of factors that determine how we make the best, most efficient decisions and balance our goal to manufacture maximum product with the minimum environmental impact. Imagine the graphic on the cover and center of this page constantly moving. Throughout this article, you will find statements from St. John Industrial Group member company web sites which reinforce our message of Value>Growth> Safety>Innovation> Mission>Productivity. Environmental stewardship goes hand-in-hand with this process.
Safety is a primary factor and core value within all member companies: Safety for employees, contractors, the site, environment and community. Safety first is a value shared by all. Company’s safety missions include no accidents, no injuries, no harm to the environment and a commitment to excellence and continual improvement. We do what is right, do it with care and put safety first. Safety is part of our culture. The Environmental Health and Safety managers at each site work closely with management and fellow employees striving to find new, innovative ways to reduce emissions wherever reasonably possible. Training, education and communication remain vital.
St. John Industrial Group companies view doing business in St. John as a privilege and conduct their operations in a clean, secure, cost effective and responsible manner. We also ask the community to recognize the value the companies and their employees offer St. John the Baptist Parish. These companies are making products, which become useful end products. Sustainable growth mindset contributes toward the companies’ success. We provide employment, pay taxes and sponsor a host of charitable and educational organizations and festivals. There is significant financial donation combined with an enthusiastic employee volunteer coalition.
We consider it our duty to protect people and the environment while reducing risks carefully and methodically. Companies seek innovative methods to reduce emissions.
Productivity and production are other key considerations. All of these factors impact our environmental responsibility actions. We find science-enabled, sustainable solutions for customers, manage our businesses to protect the environment and preserve the earth’s natural resources, both for today and for generations into the future. We are committed to complying with all environmental law, continually reviewing production procedures and moving our green mission forward so that we may continue to be environmental leaders. Our number one goal is to protect the environment.
From an operations perspective, many companies have set specific goals to reduce emissions, water consumption, hazardous waste and energy use. Companies evaluate and strive to mitigate potential environmental impacts. Toxic releases in the United States decreased in 2016 due to lower air emissions. (See the EPA article on page 9.)
Each company reporting in this newsletter has policies, programs and practices regarding the environment and conducts business with respect and care for the environment. We set aggressive environmental performance goals and carefully measure progress to continually improve our own operations.
The St. John Industrial Group is proud to be an active part of the community and work to make a positive difference in the communities where we have the privilege to operate. We conduct ourselves and our business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards, and in compliance with all applicable laws, striving always to be a respected corporate citizen.
Please take time to review this report in its entirety and visit the web site at www.stjohnig.com.