The Whirlpool Corporation has released it 2018 Sustainability Report.

Looking like the typical annual report at first glance, it is actually a summary of the company’s sustainability initiatives and results.

Among the highlights posted by the Grand Rapids Business Journal:

  • The company addresses, prioritizes and tracks efficiency improvements, helping contribute to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 7 percent from 2017 to 2018 in Whirlpool plants. That percent is the equivalent of emissions from nearly 10,000 homes’ electricity use for one year.
  • Progress has accelerated toward the goal of zero waste to landfill across the enterprise, with eight manufacturing facilities in multiple regions achieving zero-waste status. About 2,128 tons of waste were diverted from landfills in 2018.
  • Whirlpool’s collective work, improved processes and technology have resulted in a reduction in water consumption of nearly 10% from 2017 to 2018 in the company’s manufacturing facilities. That’s enough to run 56 million dishwasher loads, 14 million loads of laundry or fill 240 Olympic swimming pools.
  • In 2018, Whirlpool employees contributed 268,000 volunteer hours.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances headquartered in Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2018. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.