Tarkett, a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, will join the World Economic Forum as a partner company and contribute to the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2016.
Tarkett will contribute to the World Economic Forum discussions through dual membership, engaging in both the Global Challenge initiative on the "Environment and Natural Resource Security" and as an industry partner for "Infrastructure and Urban Development". The Group will also contribute to the Project MainStream, a multi-industry and CEO-led global initiative of the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate innovation and help scale up the Circular Economy.
The commitment to the welfare of people and the planet
For several years, Tarkett has been committed to making the transition to a circular economy powered by Cradle to Cradle® principles, thus positively contributing to people’s health and well-being of the planet. Since 2011, Tarkett has been deploying a sustainability strategy based on the "closed loop circular design" model. It is an extensive eco-innovation strategy which is looking at each step of the product life (design, production, use and recycling).
By its constant commitment to innovation Tarkett has always been the leader in its industry, which has resulted in numerous ecological solutions and initiatives, such as floor coverings which contribute to improved health, indoor air quality, enhanced areas in healthcare institutions, phthalate-free plasticizers, maximum use of recycled content, development of recycling programs, implementation of renewable energy sources.
""Commercial success, but in a sustainable way"
"We are delighted to join the World Economic Forum,” said Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett Group. “I am convinced that business leaders as well as our teams have a major responsibility not only to achieve commercial success in a fully sustainable way, but also to lead the transformation towards the collaborative circular economy by engaging all stakeholders. We believe, as the Forum does, that bringing so many leaders from different horizons together will help us find new solutions contributing to human development, resources preservation and sustainable growth.”
Tarkett’s new membership will rely on the work and contribution of Desso, a leading company for the production of carpet tiles, which is now part of the Tarkett Group. Desso has been a member of the World Economic Forum for the past three years. During this time, Desso has shared its own lessons and knowledge drawn from its Cradle to Cradle® principle and circular economy transformation, and has actively contributed to the Project Mainstream since 2014.
Established in 1971, the World Economic Forum is a unique, non-profit organisation, which brings together the world leaders in politics, industry, science and technology and NGOs to discuss the key industrial and global challenges. The main promoter of the Forum is the belief that progress is possible only by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive changes.