Fond du Lac, Wis. – For the ninth consecutive year, Mercury Marine has earned a Green Masters designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC), presented at WSBC’s annual conference. As it has done in the previous nine years, Mercury achieved a score within the top 20 percent of all applicants with a score well above the minimum requirements needed to earn the designation.
The Green Masters Program measures companies on a broad range of sustainability categories ranging from energy and water conservation to waste management, community outreach and education. In addition, companies are measured on transportation, supply chain, workforce and governance.
“We are honored to earn a Green Masters designation for the ninth consecutive year. This is especially gratifying considering how the bar is raised every year, making each successive year’s designation an even greater accomplishment,” said Mercury Marine President Chris Drees.
WSBC’s Green Masters Program requires applicants to describe specifically those sustainable business practices and initiatives that the applying organization had undertaken in the past year, and to show improvement over prior years. Consequently, organizations are challenged to implement new initiatives and report further progress each year.
“Our company is focused on achieving ambitious business goals to serve the needs of boaters. This includes not only delivering marine engines and integrated technologies to enhance boating experiences but also addressing contemporary social and environmental issues that are important to today’s consumers,” Drees said.
Just the evening befor, during the WSBC’s Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony, Mercury Marine received the Sustainable Process Award for the process whereby the company seeks to maximize sustainable benefits from its use of aluminum.
Mercury’s sustainability mission is built on four clearly defined pillars that drive strategy:
- Energy: Achieving greater energy efficiency by implementing energy-reducing projects, promoting best practices in energy management and employing new energy technologies.
- Environment: Preserving the natural places where customers use Mercury products for work and play; decreasing the use of natural resources through conservation, redeployment and recycling; and returning purified resources to the planet whenever possible.
- Product: Minimizing engines’ impact on water, land and air — recognizing the need for an unspoiled environment in which to live and enjoy Mercury Marine products.
- People: Helping people who relate with Mercury Marine — employees, partners, customers and the communities where Mercury operates — to enjoy happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.