Organizational Transparency

U.S.’s top communications cable manufacturer leads the way in environmental transparency, accountability

Superior Essex Communications’ long-term commitment to ethical manufacturing practices and production has earned the company a win in the Organizational Transparency category of PR Daily’s 2020 Corporate Responsibility Awards.

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As you might imagine, the leading supplier of communications cable in North America requires quite a bit of raw materials, resources and manufacturing heft.

Thankfully, Superior Essex Communications takes environmental responsibility and sustainability extremely seriously. To demonstrate its commitment to transparency and ethical sourcing and production, the company—way back in 2005—enlisted a third-party company to evaluate the environmental impact of its practices and products. Superior Essex has since used those benchmark findings to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

In 2019, Superior Essex became the first and only communications cable manufacturer with certified Red List-Free products, meaning its cables contain none of the 800 chemicals considered most harmful to the environment and people.

Today, its products are “manufactured sustainably in a Zero Waste to Landfill facility,” and Super Essex remains fully transparent through ongoing independently verified material analyses. The company is also advocating for greater change in its industry. Superior Essex Communications has:

  • Become a founding member of the Living Product 50 initiative’s Leadership Circle, a collaboration of leading manufacturers working to ensure that healthy, high-performing building materials with full ingredient transparency are the rule, not the exception.
  • United with numerous Fortune 50, 100, 200 organizations in the Sustainable Leadership Forum, as organized by the Cymplx Group, to collectively evolve its sustainability platforms for the greater good.
  • Joined the Materials Carbon Action Network (Materials CAN) to support education and action surrounding lower Embodied Carbon materials.
  • Joined the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), a leading source of impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through digital technologies, to further encourage that same level transparency from our fellow manufacturers.

Superior Essex continues to set the industry standard for product sustainability and transparency in the telecommunications industry. It’s an admirable, ethical commitment that will hopefully inspire others to follow suit.  

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