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ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company was born from the merger of two German steel companies that each started in the 1800s. Today, the company is the largest producer of elevators in the Americas with more than 13,500 employees, 200 branch and service locations, and over $2.7 billion in sales.
The Americas covers the region from Argentina to Canada, and the company has two main factories in Tennessee and Brazil. Around eight years ago, the company’s VP of sustainability for the Americas, Brad Nemeth, started pursuing material transparency. For Nemeth, sustainability includes product development to ensure what the company is producing today will be viable well into the future — socially and environmentally.
“How do we define if our products are sustainable?” he asked at the time. Getting the answer turned out to be a significant challenge involving dense data reports, proprietary materials, and product supply chains as opaque as steel. Nemeth will be speaking about material transparency at the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference in Denver next week. Recently we caught up with him to find out what it means for ThyssenKrupp.