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We are committed to operating our business in a way that demonstrates our dedication to global environmental sustainability. Our commitment is reflected in the following priorities:
  • Improving our environmental performance on an ongoing basis;
  • Working with suppliers who operate with similar dedication to global environmental sustainability; and
  • Partnering with our customers in innovating solutions that address their needs for environmentally responsible products.

Improving our Environmental Performance on an Ongoing Basis

With support from ITW’s senior management, each division is directly responsible for implementing the most impactful environmental performance improvement opportunities for their unique operations. As we work continuously to improve our environmental performance, we take a three pronged approach:

1. Auditing our facilities. ITW’s annual environmental, health and safety compliance audits help ensure that the company’s facilities meet regulatory requirements and reinforce ITW’s commitment to safeguarding the environment. The audits also highlight the ways ITW businesses go above and beyond baseline compliance to reduce the company’s impact on the environment and preserve natural resources.

Our goal is to audit our largest facilities annually. We partner with ERM-Environmental Resources Management Limited to audit environmental and safety risk at our facilities, and our businesses systematically address any identified issues.

2. Transparent Reporting. We monitor third-party frameworks and surveys and evaluate their relevance to our business and our stakeholders. For example, we have been monitoring the financial materiality framework of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as a way to assess the financial materiality of environmental, social and governance risks to our company. In 2019, we utilized the SASB Materiality Map® to review the risks identified by SASB for companies in the Industrial Machinery and Goods industry under SASB’s Sustainable Industry Classification System®. We also continued our voluntary participation in CDP’s climate change and water questionnaires in 2019, which we have made public to increase our transparency in reporting.

3. Implementing policies that guide our progress. Each ITW division is responsible for complying with the ITW Environmental & Sustainability Policy. Everyone in the organization has a responsibility to preserve and protect the environment, conduct operations in a safe manner and recognize the potential impacts of our operations.

As part of ITW’s ongoing drive for overall operational excellence, many of our businesses pursue third-party certifications. The well-respected International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops standards and criteria for effective environmental management systems, and many of our facilities have taken the step to become certified. At the end of 2019, 111 sites, accounting for approximately 26 percent of ITW’s manufacturing sites globally, had ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.

Read more about our environmental management in Governance & Ethics.

Reducing Our Environmental Impact

ITW is committed to continuous improvement in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2019, ITW established a company-wide GHG emissions intensity reduction target: By 2027, reduce combined Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per U.S. dollar of operating revenue by 20 percent below 2017 levels.

To achieve our target, we are taking the following approach: Emissions Intensity Chart

  1. Reducing energy consumption and improving operational efficiency in our manufacturing and ITW-owned facilities, implemented in accordance with our division-led environmental management systems.
  2. Expanding our purchase of energy from renewable sources, including wind and solar, across our global footprint where possible.

Investing in Renewable Energy


Across ITW businesses, we continuously evaluate opportunities to invest in renewable energy. Examples of these efforts include the installation of solar roof panels at our Welding business in Australia and Hobart business in Germany, and the expected solar installations at our property in Frankfort, Illinois.


2019 Environmental Impact

We track our impact on the environment in several areas, and we use this data to drive continuous improvement. Our data is reviewed and verified by a recognized third party to validate our disclosures. With respect to our GHG emissions target, we are pleased to have achieved an 18 percent GHG emissions intensity reduction in 2019 versus our 2017 baseline year, based on our third-party verified data. View our ITW 2019 GHG Verification Statement.

Environmental Footprint

Our SARA Title III Disclosures

ITW is a responsible emitter and operates below any permitted levels of toxic chemical emissions. In compliance with SARA Title III Section 313 regulations in the U.S., a total of 57 affected ITW facilities annually file either Form A or R reports as required. ITW also evaluates its reported emissions to identify reduction opportunities.

Total Energy1,4
  • Direct energy in MWh
  • Indirect energy in MWh

Energy Intensity3,4
  • Energy intensity (MWh/$MM operating revenue)

Total Emissions2,4
  • Direct emissions in metric tons CO2e
  • Indirect emissions in metric tons CO2e

Emissions Intensity3,4
  • Emissions intensity (metric tons CO2e/$MM operating revenue)

Total Water Withdrawn
  • Purchased water withdrawal in thousands of U.S. gallons
  • Non-purchased water withdrawal in thousands of U.S. gallons

Water Intensity3
  • Water intensity (U.S. gallons/$thousand operating revenue)

Total Solid Waste
  • Hazardous & special industrial waste in U.S. tons
  • Non-hazardous waste in U.S. tons

Total Recycled Material
  • Amount of recycled materials in U.S. tons

Governmental Environmental Inspections
  • Number of inspections

Governmental Environmental Inspections’ Resulting in Fines
  • Fines in U.S. dollars

1Includes electricity, natural gas, heating/fuel oil, diesel, gasoline, propane and liquefied natural gas.

2Emissions from electricity use (location based), the combustion of natural gas, heating/fuel oil, diesel, gasoline, propane and liquefied natural gas and foam blowing agents.

3Only operating revenue from participating divisions was included in the calculation of intensity indicators.

42015-2018, including the baseline year, Energy and Total Emissions recalculated for the following reasons: updated GWP to IPCC AR 5; updated eGrid electricity emissions factors to eGrid2018, released January 28, 2020; expanded the fuels included in the report; corrections to reported figures.

The reporting period for ITW’s environmental, health and safety data is January 1 – December 31, 2019. The reporting boundary includes companies over which ITW has operational control.