CINCINNATI — Cintas Corp. has announced its ambition to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
The company reports it is also in the midst of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide review of its business model as it relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities, improvements, and efficiencies.
Cintas says it has been built on sustainable business practices, and the continuous improvement of its sustainability measures has been key to the company’s operational success over the years.
As its business review continues for the next 12-18 months, Cintas expects to better define its ESG journey, including identifying strategies to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and potential avenues to reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions from its supply chain.
The review will also focus on opportunities to further reduce its overall environmental impact through continued reductions in energy, water, raw materials and waste throughout its business.
“Cintas was founded on a sustainable business model and has grown to a $7-plus billion company by recycling, reducing, and reusing our products and materials for our customers, and helping them reduce their environmental impact,” says Todd Schneider, president and CEO.
“Our corporate culture is based on doing what’s right and challenging ourselves to be better, so we view announcing our ambition to reach Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 as a natural extension of our culture and how we conduct our business.”
Cintas’ organizational business review began in 2019 when the company implemented processes to help it start publicly reporting on its ESG priorities—including its environmental impacts—and now continues with due diligence and the analysis of historic data.
The results of the company’s ongoing business review will guide its ESG journey, and it has established the structure and processes to take it into the future.
In August 2021, Cintas appointed Christy Nageleisen as its new vice president of ESG and Chief Compliance Officer and re-organized several departments to create a new risk and compliance department. This new department will work cross-functionally under Nageleisen as she develops and leads the company’s ESG-related strategy, activities, monitoring and compliance.
Cintas says the strategy is expected to include further environmental impact improvements, as well as opportunities related to diversity and inclusion, human capital, safety and health, and governance objectives, among other areas.
In November 2021, Cintas expects to release its 2021 ESG Report, which will further detail the company’s efforts in corporate responsibility, environmental stewardship, social initiatives, and its governance strategy.
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