As Mohawk grows around the world, we bring with us a long history of commitment to the communities in which our manufacturing facilities are located — the same communities our employees and their families call home. This commitment and our corporate philanthropic efforts are aligned with causes through which we can leverage our strengths and core capabilities.
Mohawk employees at a United Way fundraising event in
The Mohawk Foundation supports non-profit organizations that benefit our employees and their families in our communities. In particular, the Foundation funds organizations whose services impact a significant and diverse population and that have a proven track record of delivering results. The Foundation also makes significant annual grants that benefit the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Cancer Society Relay For Life and groups that support children and adults who are victims of abuse. Created by Company management and granted non-profit status in 1990, the Foundation continues to be funded solely through the Company.
In Northwest Georgia, where our headquarters is located, the Company, the Foundation and our employees are significant donors to the local chapter of United Way. In 2015, Mohawk was responsible for the largest overall dollar increase — 77 percent — in the area. Mohawk and the Foundation also were recognized as a Community Builder and a 5-Star Champion, a designation for companies that meet several criteria, including employee impact tours to understand how United Way investments are used in the community.
Organizations that provide homes for those in need offer a natural tie-in with our flooring businesses, and, in particular, we welcome opportunities to honor the sacrifice of veterans and their families by giving to them in return. We are proud to be a flooring partner for Operation FINALLY HOME, a non-profit organization that provides mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans or spouses of the fallen. Builders and building product manufacturers provide 100 percent of the donations required to build the homes, which are custom- designed to meet the particular physical needs of individual veterans. At year-end 2015, Mohawk had covered the floors of five homes for these deserving men and women.
Our support of U.S. veterans extends to Building for America’s Bravest, a program in partnership between the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The program provides Smart Homes for severely injured service members, with each home custom-designed to meet their specific needs. Mohawk and Carpet One are providing all flooring materials and installation for Smart Homes to be built over the next three years.
In 2015, we announced an official partnership with Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD), after years of working together. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, SOARD is a non-profit organization and general contractor that renovates homes for children with special needs and long-term illnesses by equipping homes with features such as wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, in-home therapy rooms and wheelchair ramps/lifts. The organization also provides “dream room” makeovers, for which Mohawk donated SmartStrand® Forever Clean™ carpet and/or cut-and-bound rugs to every applicable recipient in 2015.
Disease Prevention and Research
We also involve our customers and our products in supporting disease research in meaningful ways. Two longtime initiatives that allow us to leverage our products to increase our impact are Specify for a Cure® and Decorate for the Cure®, programs of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, to benefit breast cancer research. Through Decorate for the Cure, we donate a portion of all Mohawk SmartCushion™ and Karastan KaraStep Reserve™ cushion sales to Komen. Specify for a Cure makes donations to Komen when commercial customers specify select carpet styles. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we partnered with the 2015 Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day to provide over 800 pieces of SmartCushion for 3-Day walkers and crew to place under their sleeping bags at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
In 2015, we celebrated our 14th year of partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and are proud to report that cumulative donations have reached over $5.1 million. In addition to corporate-level initiatives, we are proud of the grassroots support of Dal-Tile and Unilin employees, who, for the sixth consecutive year, raised additional money toward breast cancer awareness through t-shirt sales, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society.
As we open new facilities around the world, we are more mindful than ever that our business and the communities in which we operate have mutual interests and goals. Strong communities help to sustain a strong workforce, which has a direct effect on our financial and operating performance. We collaborate with government and community leaders to identify ways in which our business and the surrounding community can work together to enhance the local quality of life as well as the business climate.
In this spirit, cultivating strong relationships with the communities where we operate is a key part of our facilities’ success. Dal-Tile has demonstrated that approach in Dickson, Tennessee, where its eleventh manufacturing facility in North America began operations in early 2016. Even before breaking ground on the project, Dal-Tile began reaching out to the community — acknowledging that it will be through the help of many people and businesses in the Dickson area that the facility will thrive.
A similar approach is taken in the event we must exit a community due to closure of a facility. We work with local and state Department of Labor officials to identify career opportunities for those employees who will be losing their jobs. We also work closely with the community to find a buyer for the facility, with the goal of helping to create new economic opportunities.
As we continue to expand around the world, we recognize our growing responsibility to be good corporate citizens. We are committed to expanding in a responsible manner and to working with our stakeholders to improve the quality of life in all our communities.
Growth Done Well, Locally
In 2015, Unilin participated in an annual event, hosted by a Flemish radio station, where local companies, governmental organizations and individuals raised money for several charities. Through this event, Unilin supported the Flemish Autism Association.
More than 50 volunteers from Mohawk Dalton spent a Saturday clearing out invasive plant species, refinishing picnic tables, landscaping the grounds and painting the interior of the Boys & Girls Club of Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties. EarthShare of Georgia and Keep Georgia Beautiful sponsored the event, while local retailers donated supplies and materials.
Once a year, volunteers from Dal-Tile Mexico visit a school in need of renovation in order to help improve its facilities. In 2015, about 150 team members volunteered their time to paint interior walls of Juarez 1864 Elementary School as part of the plant’s community support program.
In its third year as a national corporate sponsor, Dal-Tile continues to help create beautiful spaces and affordable housing through its support of Habitat for Humanity. Several teams of Dal-Tile Sales Service Center employees and customers completed day-long home builds.
Karastan employees collected items for the Lord’s Pantry. Initially employees set their goal at 1,500 food items for Thanksgiving and Christmas, however, they surpassed that goal by almost 500 items. Additionally, employees sponsored 10 children as part of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angels program, which provides gifts to children in need.
Dal-Tile was voted Business of the Year by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce for its work in philanthropy. Dal-Tile supports donations for organizations such as Reading Is Fundamental, the local food pantry, Jerry’s Dream Camp, various scholarship programs and the
Located at the intersection of the Maury and James Rivers, Mohawk’s Glasgow, Virginia, carpet plant is committed to protecting its biodiverse and environmentally significant surroundings. That is why Glasgow is a Gold Level founding member of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Business for the Bay (B4B).
The program encourages businesses within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take voluntary and measurable actions to support protection and restoration of the bay and help the public understand the valuable role of sustaining its health. In order to qualify as a Gold Level partner, Glasgow committed to establishing a Green Team; educating and encouraging recycling at work, home and in the community; establishing a local bee colony; and reducing energy, water use and waste.
Additionally, Glasgow contributes to the environmental protection of the Chesapeake Bay as a Conservator Level member of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC), whose mission is to promote stewardship and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources of Rockbridge; provides grant funding to the Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden, a Virginia Center for Environmental Education Excellence; and sponsors, in part, the Environment Virginia Symposium.
Beyond its environmental protection activities, Mohawk Glasgow helps families in Rockbridge County build better lives through its support of United Way and emergency service providers such as the local fire department.
For their 80 years of service to environmental sustainability and their community, this carpet tile plant has been recognized by the Rockbridge County board of supervisors and awarded the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA). The board applauded Mohawk’s efforts to create a healthy business environment in Glasgow and its commitment to good corporate citizenship.
“Eighty years is a remarkably long time to be in business and to be part of a community,” said Plant Manager Todd Shail. “We are honored by this recognition and proud to call Rockbridge County home.”