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Tarkett wins Sustainable Innovation Award 2013

On September 30th in France, Tarkett received the Sustainable Innovation Award in the 6th edition of the Innovation Management Awards.

These Awards created by Bearing Point in France, in partnership with L’Expansion magazine and engineering school L’Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, are part of an Observatory of Innovation Management established in 2006 to explore best practices and the companies that excel in innovation management.

In 2011, the Group adopted the Cradle to Cradle challenge with the objective of designing products that no longer have an end of life but can be repeatedly recycled into new products. This eco-innovation approach, based on the principles of a circular economy, covers the four stages of the product life:

  • choice of materials that are good for health and the environment,
  • responsible use of resources in production,
  • well-being of users through indoor air quality and ease of installation and maintenance of products,
  • reuse and recycling of materials at end-of-use to produce new products while minimizing the consumption of resources.

Tarkett is widely recognized for its ability to ensure highest environmental quality standards and has long-term partnerships with prestigious universities, scientific institutes, strategic suppliers and industrial partners in several sectors to enrich its expertise, accelerate the implementation of research projects and anticipate future customer needs.

"We are very pleased to receive the award for responsible innovation that recognizes our commitment to sustainable development. In recent years our R&D teams, with the support of external experts, have deployed an ambitious program of eco-innovation across all of our floorings and sports surfaces integrating the different life-cycle stages of the products. Our ambition is to design solutions that enhance our user’s health and indoor environment, and respect the environment, while supporting the economic growth of the company," said Anne-Christine Ayed, Executive Vice-President Research, Innovation and Environment at Tarkett.