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Environmental Responsibility

We operate our business in a way that demonstrates our commitment to global environmental sustainability and improving our environmental performance on an ongoing basis.

Managing and Improving Our Environmental Performance

ITW’s Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability has day-to-day environmental-related responsibilities, including overseeing the execution of ongoing environmental, safety and other regulatory compliance initiatives. Within our decentralized culture, each ITW division utilizes ITW’s sustainability framework to develop and execute a fit-for-purpose environmental management methodology appropriate for its business. In addition, each division is directly responsible for implementing the most impactful environmental performance improvement opportunities for its unique operations.

Our three-pronged approach to continuous improvement includes:

1. Auditing our facilities. ITW’s annual environmental, health safety compliance audits help ensure that the company’s facilities meet regulatory requirements and reinforce ITW’s commitment to safeguarding the environment. The audits highlight the ways ITW businesses go above and beyond baseline compliance to reduce the company’s impact on the environment and preserve natural resources.

We strive to annually audit our facilities with the most significant environmental and safety risks. In partnership with ERM-Environmental Resources Management Limited, we audit environmental and safety risks at our facilities, and our businesses systematically address any identified issues.

2. Transparent reporting. We monitor third-party frameworks and surveys and evaluate their relevance to our business and our stakeholders. For example, we monitor the financial materiality framework of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for companies in the Industrial Machinery and Goods industry to assess the financial materiality of environmental, social and governance risks to our company. In addition, we utilize the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework to guide certain of our disclosures in this report. We also voluntarily participate in CDP’s climate change and water questionnaires, which we have made public on our website to increase our transparency in reporting.

3. Implementing policies that guide our progress. Each ITW division is responsible for complying with the ITW Environmental & Sustainability Policy. Everyone in the organization has a responsibility to preserve and protect the environment, conduct operations in a safe manner and recognize the potential impacts of our operations. As part of ITW’s ongoing drive for overall operational excellence, many of our businesses pursue third-party certifications, including those offered by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

 

Reducing Our Environmental Impact

ITW’s commitment to continuous improvement is demonstrated through our company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity reduction target, announced in 2019. As a result of the progress made toward achieving our initial target, in early 2021, we increased our target to the following: By 2030, reduce combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per U.S. dollar of operating revenue by 40 percent below 2017 levels.

Our strategy to achieve this target includes:

1. Reducing energy consumption and improving operational efficiency in our manufacturing and ITW-owned facilities, implemented in accordance with our division-led environmental management systems.

2. Expanding our purchase of energy from renewable sources, including wind and solar, across our global footprint where possible.

We are pleased to have achieved a 37 percent GHG emissions intensity reduction through 2021, compared with our 2017 baseline year, based on our third-party verified data.

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ITW's Environmental Footprint

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