Seco Tools has been named to Corp! magazine’s list of “Michigan’s Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” for 2013. The honor reflects Seco’s active efforts to support sustainability and minimize its impact on the environment, with the company scoring particularly high in community outreach and the promotion of sustainable practices.
The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies program celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology. It honors companies that are making their businesses sustainable and the lives of their employees better, all while making positive contributions both locally and globally. Winning companies were scored by the Illinois Institute of Technology in conjunction with Davenport University. Nominees were evaluated in multiple categories of sustainability, including environmental, community leadership, education, strategic planning and operational implementation, and innovation and problem solving.
“Seco is proud to be honored as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies,” states Kurt Nordlund, president of Seco Tools. “We are committed to sustainability and taking a leadership role on environmental initiatives. That is evident through programs such as our Carbide Recycling Program, which has experienced substantial growth and is on target for our 2014 goal of recycling 50 percent of the carbide inserts we sell by 2014.”
Through its Carbide Recycling Program, Seco provides manufacturers with recycling containers to place within their facilities. As tools reach the end of their useful life, they can be placed in these containers, which are then collected by Seco. Any carbide products from any manufacturer can be submitted, including carbide inserts, solid drills, solid end mills, wear parts and PCD/PCBN-tipped inserts. Manufacturers are paid at the market rate when the carbide is returned. Year to date in 2013, Seco has collected and processed over 40 tons of used carbide tools through the program.
In addition, Seco recycles all packaging comprising paper, corrugated cardboard, rigid plastics and non-rigid plastics, and aims for continuous improvement in all areas to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and products. The company sets annual reduction targets for impact from waste, chemical products, energy consumption and transport. As a result, the environmental impact and the risk of environmental accidents have been reduced.
The Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies is co-presented by Corp! magazine, Davenport University and dmStrategists. The awards symposium will be held Sept. 18 at Davenport University, where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be in attendance to honor the winners. It is the premier awards symposium celebrating companies that are making their businesses more sustainable, and provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction among companies striving to be the leaders in their respective industries.