By 2030, we intend to innovate our products to enhance the lives of 500 million people and meet underserved societal needs, while improving the lifecycle impact on the environment of our products and sourcing.
Relevant UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Our products are a force for good in the world — helping people climb up out of poverty, improving the environment, building and maintaining vital infrastructure, making our cities more sustainable — especially when produced with responsible consumption in mind.
“Water from the Sun” —
Solar-Powered Wells in India
We are piloting an eco-friendly, low cost solar-powered water pump in India. This product-based innovation drives social good, helping to alleviate poverty and hunger in areas that have little or no access to the electrical grid. Improved irrigation is allowing farmers to boost yields and farm income from high value crops. Our solar water pumps are connected to IoT devices which transmit data back so we are able to measure use and productivity, look for trends and analyze against weather patterns.
The direct current (DC) pumps run on batteries charged by solar panels. They are replacing both diesel pumps (polluting, relatively expensive to run, hard to maintain) and, where the electrical grid extends, alternating current (AC) pumps which run on government-subsidized electricity. In rural areas, the grid is not robust or reliable. Typically, the power comes on at any moment without warning, day or night, for an hour or two, and that is the only time the farmer has to operate any machinery, including water pumps. Farming families attach a light bulb to the powerlines and keep watch to know when the power comes on.
The benefits to local farming communities and society at large are numerous. The solar-powered wells enable a scalable ladder to further innovation that can spur partnerships for transformative agriculture, bringing into play the possibilities of drip irrigation, mechanized farming, cold storage, and digital distribution networks. Excess energy generated by the solar panels can be sold back to the grid and/or used to power homes that are off the grid. As for the environment, the solar-powered wells curtail carbon emissions while acting as a preventative measure against the depletion of the water table. The solar-powered wells will replace, on an annual basis, 110 million tons of CO2 emissions from AC pumps and 20 million tons from diesel pumps.
Addressing Unmet Societal Needs
Increasingly, we design products for circularity — across the entire lifecycle of the product and its components — encompassing material selection, use and end-of-life considerations. Our major tool brands, including DEWALT, STANLEY, BOSTITCH and BLACK+DECKER, have introduced a recycling policy. When a tool reaches end-of-life, the user can send it to our Towson, Maryland, location and we will properly recycle the product. We’ve partnered with a recycler certified to both the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices and the Recycling Industry Operating StandardsTM (RIOSTM). If users prefer to recycle their products locally, we direct them to Earth 911’s recycling search website to find a local recycler. http://search.earth911.com/
We aspire to source our raw materials, finished goods, components and services from suppliers that meet our evolving sustainability criteria. We have already established initial criteria and improved related supplier performance. By 2020, 80% of our supplier spend will have completed CDP Supply Chain Climate Change assessments. We will be instituting additional criteria related to water usage and other factors that go beyond greenhouse gas emissions. We are committed to working with our suppliers of products, goods and services to reduce supply chain emissions by 35%, by 2030.