Superior Essex Communications Joins The Copper Mark

October 4, 2021

Superior Essex Communications, the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America, has become the eighth corporate partner of The Copper Mark, the only comprehensive social and environmental assurance program for the copper industry.

The Copper Mark is an assurance framework used to demonstrate the copper industry’s responsible production practices. This framework assesses copper producers against a set of responsible production criteria that includes 32 different environmental, social and governance “issue areas” associated with the sourcing of minerals and metals.

The group assesses the management practices of copper mines, smelters and refiners in categories that include human rights, labor and working conditions, community, environment and overall governance, including transparency, disclosure and business integrity. Companies’ processes are measured against norms defined in a Risk Readiness Assessment created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative, made up of more than 380 cross-industry companies.

“Superior Essex has been a leader in many areas of sustainable products and manufacturing since 2011,” said Annie Bevan, Global Head of Sustainability for the company. “As a partner to The Copper Mark, we are pledging to seek responsibly sourced materials in collaboration with our copper suppliers to continue to reduce the impact of our products on the environment. This is yet another tremendous step in our journey towards green production and products.”

Superior Essex Inc, parent company of Superior Essex Communications and Essex Furukawa, currently sources more than 83% of its copper in North America through Copper Mark-certified copper producers. By partnering with The Copper Mark, Superior Essex will be able to increase this percentage, which will help its goal to decrease its impact on the environment.

This partnership aligns with the corporate sustainability goals of the entire Superior Essex organization. As the producer of 135 copper-filled cables, Superior Essex Communications can significantly improve responsible copper sourcing and manufacturing. Superior Essex Communications announced this year its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and this partnership will further the company’s contribution to them.

In other current commitments to sustainability, Superior Essex Communications was awarded a sixth consecutive Certified Environmental Facts designation and a seventh consecutive Zero Waste to Landfill certification from GreenCircle for products and processes at its manufacturing plant in Hoisington, Kansas. The organization also has expanded its certifications for environmentally responsible products by achieving Living Product status for three PowerWise and category cables.

Visit the Superior Essex Communications website to learn more about the company’s sustainable manufacturing and other sustainability efforts.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Melanie Singleton, Director, Marketing Communications

Superior Essex International LP – Communications

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ABOUT SUPERIOR ESSEX COMMUNICATIONS

Superior Essex Communications is the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America. It is on the forefront of innovation through Power over Ethernet, Intelligent Buildings and Cities, 5G Fiber infrastructure including Hybrid and Composite solutions, as well as technological advancements being made at its Product Development Center. Superior Essex Communications is also setting the pace on sustainability by being the first company with a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification at its Hoisington (KS) plant; the first wire and cable producer to contribute points to LEED certification, and the first to offer verified sustainable cables in over 50 products. Superior Essex Communications is Everywhere You Live and Work®. Additional information is available at www.superioressexcommunications.com.



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