The responsibility of Respecting Our Environment belongs to everyone.
As individuals in St. John the Baptist Parish we can all help respect our environment through our actions, habits and awareness. The St. John Industrial Group member companies and their employees work hard to conduct business and produce their products in an environmentally responsible manner. The companies’ leadership and their Environmental, Health and Safety Departments strive to minimize impact, develop new practices and implement plans to reduce emissions to air, water, land and off-site.
The St. John Industrial Group asks you to join with industry’s efforts and take a proactive role in adopting some of these ideas to better our environment. (Please read the Useful Tips for Respecting Our Environment on page 11.)
We all want to enjoy nature and teach our children the benefits of proper care and respect for our environment. (On the front cover is a photograph of a Roseate Spoonbill. Share this with your children and read more about this beautiful bird on page 9!) On a daily basis, demonstrating environmental respect is as simple as carpooling to work, turning off lights when you leave a room and hanging clothes to avoid using the dryer.
Health, natural resource stewardship and quality of life are benefits gained from respecting our environment. Steps taken to respect our environment also provide financial benefit. For many years, the St. John Industrial Group member companies, along with chemical companies and refineries in St. James and St. Charles Parishes, have sponsored the annual tri-parish Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day to allow residents to bring their hazardous waste for recycling and proper disposal. The St. John Industrial Group has promoted Reduce-Reuse-Recycle in these efforts and urges each resident’s articipation.
From a corporate social responsibility perspective, St. John Industrial Group member companies incorporate sustainable development into their business models. This creates a positive impact on social, economic and environmental aspects of both businesses and community. Among the green practices conducted at area facilities are energy audits, calculating environmental footprint, evaluating energy use, handling used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and more. For example, DuPont conducts internal audits of its core processes. DuPont calculates its environmental footprint annually. The measures used to track and access this include total waste disposal, total water consumed, total greenhouse gas emissions and total non-renewable energy consumption. DuPont evaluates its energy use from energy parameters including electricity, potable water, natural gas and steam production. This data is collected and entered monthly into DuPont’s Global Environmental (GET) Database. Fire retardant clothing (FRC) and work gloves are washed in DuPont’s onsite laundry and reused. Any contaminated PPE to be disposed is sent to an offsite incinerator. Further, DuPont holds an ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certificate and has set an ISO 14001 Waste Reduction Goal of 20% (indexed to production.) Not only do these plans and practices respect our environment, but also, provide sustainability and long-term reduced costs. It is quite refreshing to know that each St. John Industrial Group company has instituted similar environmental practices!
The St. John Industrial Group is proud to be an active part of the community and strives to make a positive difference in the communities where they have the privilege to operate. Each company conducts themselves and their business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards, and in compliance with all applicable laws, determined to be recognized as a valuable corporate citizen.
Please take time to review this report in its entirety and visit the web site at www.stjohnig.com!