Sustainable World

Create a More Sustainable World

Bold Goals
for Change

Positively impact the environment through our operations.

Demand for already constrained resources continues to rise as does the economic impact of environmental degradation.

At Stanley Black & Decker we have a longstanding commitment to “Create a More Sustainable World” by staying ahead of climate-, waste- and water-related influences. This commitment is stronger than ever and remains fundamental to the way in which we operate. Our 2030 targets of becoming carbon positive, achieving zero waste to landfill and sustainable water use across our operations is our response to making a lasting positive difference for communities and our world.

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals


"Our sustainability strategy no longer simply seeks to reduce negative impact, but to positively impact the environment through our operations."

Deb Geyer, Corporate Responsibility Officer



Carbon Positive Operations

By 2030, we plan to be carbon positive in our operations on a global basis, meaning our carbon capture is greater than carbon emissions.

Sustainable Water Use

We seek to use water sustainably wherever we do business. We are mapping water risks and setting context-based targets that address site-specific concerns in each river basin — important given that water availability and risks are highly localized.

Zero Waste to Landfill

We continue to work towards achieving zero waste to landfill, across our operations. This goal applies to our daily direct operations (one-off construction and other events may be excluded). We encourage reuse and recycling in all instances.

**Our 2030 CSR Carbon | Water | Waste goals exclude those Factory Outlets | Service Centers | Offices where we are unable to directly influence the purchase of energy, water, and disposal of waste.

Carbon Positive Across Our Operations by 2030

As part of our Science Based Target commitment, we aim to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions 100% by 2030, using a 2015 base year, then moving to carbon positivity, meaning our carbon capture is greater than our carbon emission.




"A strong commitment to corporate social responsibility is the right thing to do, and is an imperative for companies dedicated to doing their part to help the world grow and thrive. Certification from the Science Based Targets initiative helps give us confidence that the aggressive and aspirational goals we are setting for our company with our new 2030 global CSR plan are putting us on a path to making a difference and creating a more sustainable world."

Jim Loree, President & CEO


In 1925, The Stanley Works built the Farmington River Power Plant that’s still in operation today. Originally, the power was routed to the factory in New Britain to provide renewable energy for a portion of the operations. In the 1990s, the practice of directly feeding the plant was discontinued and now the power is routed back to the grid for energy credits. The plant averages 32 million kilo-watt hours of electricity generation a year, which is enough to power approximately 2000 homes. The Power Plant is a great example of ECOSMART™ and a model of sustainability for our company.

“We can all learn from the Farmington River Power Plant as an example of ECOSMART™ and investigate projects to source renewable energy either from our sites or from the local utility companies.”

Deb Geyer, Corporate Responsibility Officer

Zero Waste to Landfill Across our Operations by 2030

Our plant in Greenfield, Indiana, which makes automatic doors, was the latest manufacturing plant to achieve zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) status.* The factory joins 34 of our manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world that have already achieved ZWTL – more than a quarter of our global operational footprint.

In 2018, these initiatives included:

  • A full review of our waste streams and disposition by facility
  • Training for over 250 of our global management teams
  • Launching strategic 2019 goals for each business unit
  • The development of a ZWTL roadmap and guidance
  • Peer to Peer networking
  • Sourcing a third-party digital platform that would enable Stanley Black & Decker to share best practice activities both internally and externally

Through the ongoing implementation of these ZWTL initiatives we are targeting an additional eight sites to become ZWTL in 2019.

We continue to work towards achieving zero waste to landfill across our operations. Not only will we seek to divert our waste away from landfill we will also drive to eliminate at source and reuse and recycle at every opportunity.

*Zero Waste to Landfill excludes mandated hazardous waste to landfill.




Sustainable Water Use

We continue our strong practice of reducing water consumption across our global operations. A few of the many examples in 2018 include harvesting rainwater for sanitary use at our Tools and Storage Brackmills Distribution Centre in the UK, and applying innovative and water-efficient technology such as adiabatic chillers at our Hellaby Manufacturing Plant, also in the UK, both projects achieving measurable reductions in water consumption.

With our global spread and variety of operations, we are developing context-based water targets as part of our 2030 CSR ambitions. These are targets that address site-specific concerns in each river basin, and are extremely important given that water availability and risks are highly localized. To further this approach, we will continue developing partnerships with peers including World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Resources Institute (WRI) and CDP.