Andersen Corporation: Member of the Month

  • April 16, 2020
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  • Jon Smieja, PHD

It can be said that the world changed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we’re all adjusting to what feels like a global pause. Our March member of the month, Andersen Windows and Doors, is a 117-year-old company, that has been through adversity many times before. Through it all, Andersen says it has persevered and grown stronger by working “all together” the Andersen way and living by its company’s longstanding values.

Andersen Corporation is honored to be named the March 2020 Environmental Initiative member of the month, is proud to stand with Environmental Initiative today, and look forward to the great work still to be done with Environmental Initiative. From the early days of the initiative to the excellent work it does today, Andersen has always valued our close partnership.

Andersen was founded in 1903 on the philosophy of working “all together” to deliver on our promise to our employees, customers and communities. Working with business, nonprofit and government leaders a part of the Environmental Initiative underscores this sentiment, and we’re honored to be featured as member of the month.

A privately held company, Andersen Corporation, operates manufacturing sites across North America and Europe. Every day, the company’s more than 10,000 employees are empowered to imagine what’s possible and do what’s right. Andersen delivers window and door products for the way people live, unmatched performance for the comfort and security homeowners desire, and endless design options to achieve any style. Andersen has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

Andersen’s success relies heavily on the health and resiliency of the communities where we live and work. Our goal is to meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations.

Our headquarters in Bayport, Minn., are located on the banks of the St. Croix River, a National Wild and Scenic River. The river valley serves as a daily reminder of what it means to be a good steward of our shared natural resources. Our deeply rooted connection to this beautiful and historic river has reinforced the importance of producing sustainable products that consume fewer resources over time and have less impact on our critical natural habitats.

We continuously strive to expand our understanding of the impact of our decisions on people, the environment and the long-term viability of our business. Five years ago, Andersen set new corporate goals to reduce solid waste, energy and water use by 20 percent per unit of product by 2020, using 2013 as a baseline. We were the first major window and door manufacturer to establish public sustainability goals. Declaring public goals was an important step in solidifying our intention and commitment to “walking the walk” within our own four walls and these goals have helped guide our work over the past five years.

As we near the end of our initial round of public sustainability goals, we are looking back on the successes and challenges of that work. We have learned a lot along the way, and while our journey to achieve these goals has not yet been fully realized, we are proud of our progress and will enter our next goal cycle with enhanced focus on opportunities to deliver the most materials outcomes.