According to a press release, the goals of the council are to
- Encourage sustainable business practices and growth
- Reduce its waste and carbon outputs
- Promote the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle for employees and the community
In a few short weeks, the company has already reaped benefits from the ESC, says Ryan Egbert, a member of the council and national warehouse manager for Malouf. Conversations within the council have revealed “cost-saving initiatives that will decrease landfill waste and save our partners and us money.”
The council will continue to search for new ways to reduce the use of plastic in packaging, to build on their natural and sustainable raw material sourcing, and to look for more ways to conserve throughout the company.
Company founder and CEO, Sam Malouf, said, “Our sustainability council is a great example of employees working together to not only create a better experience for our customers, but to build a better world for society.”
Four times a year, the council will assess their progress towards meeting their objectives and publish their conclusions in a yearly report.
Malouf Builds on Their Commitment to Social Responsibility
As a Certified B Corporation, Malouf already works hard to be a responsible corporate steward of the environment. Their sustainability efforts include
- Rooftop solar panels on their Logan, UT headquarters
- Food waste composting
- Donating returned mattresses to charitable non-profit organizations
- Using sustainable rayon made from bamboo and natural latex foams in manufacturing
- Following greenhouse gas travel reduction policies
Malouf’s efforts to treat employees with dignity, respect, and concern for their health and wellbeing have earned the company the #8 position on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list in 2019 and Inc.’s list of Best Workplaces in 2018 and 2019. These efforts include
- Complementary gourmet lunches for employees
- Paid maternity leave
- Support for Charity Time Off for employees who wish to volunteer at local charities
- 100% company paid insurance premiums
- A free wellness program
- A professional development program
In September 2019, Sam Malouf received a textile industry honor for his vision in creating business practices that attend to the needs of employees as well as the earth and for his efforts to end child sex trafficking through the Malouf Foundation.
The company’s Environmental Sustainability Council is just one more way that Malouf does good business by doing good.