Shaw Contract joins the United Nations Global Compact

Shaw Industries has signed the United Nations Global Compact. This widely recognised set of principles are focused on upholding and protecting human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption standards.

The world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. Almost 13,000 entities from 170 countries have joined the UN Global Compact, including approximately 9,000 companies and 4,000 non-businesses.

The UN Global Compact asks companies to commit to ten universal sustainability principles, and to support broader UN and societal goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Shaw Industries will implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact throughout its supply chain with updates to its sustainable sourcing policy and related terms and conditions for all suppliers.







The ten principles are:

  1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association & the recognition of right to collective bargaining
  4. Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  5. Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour
  6. Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  8. Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

“We’re proud to join the thousands of organisations around the world who have signed on to the UN Global Compact – including many of our customers and business partners,” stated Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw Contract. “We share a commitment to a higher purpose: Doing what’s right by people. We all have an important role in bettering this world. This is one of the many steps we are taking in our daily quest to do better, to achieve more.”

When it comes to sustainability, you can see right through us. That’s because we’re committed to staying transparent— clear, open and honest— about our practices, processes and choices, and how they impact our environment. View our progress to our 2030 sustainability goals through our latest corporate sustainability report.


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