Covia’s commitment to ESG is reflected in our evolving suite of product offerings. We create products that are critical components in helping protect the planet and enhance peoples’ lives in many ways, including:
Supporting Workforce Safety and Health: The advanced designs of DST® Dust-Suppression Technology, ACCEL® Dust-Preventing Polymeric Sand, and BLACK LAB® Blend all help minimize airborne particles, protecting the safety and health of workers. DST® materials assist customers in complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards by significantly reducing potential exposure to silica dust. BLACK LAB® Blend is engineered with custom additives including DST® materials, ensuring smooth and easy application for flooring that has less drag and dust. ACCEL® sand helps improve air quality on construction sites by minimizing up to 90% of dust compared to traditional paver sand.
Reducing Emissions Along the Value Chain: For U.S.-made sand and powders, LUMINEX™ ultra-white filler offers unique attributes required to achieve the purest of color effects in ultra-white applications and other brightly colored designs. LUMINEX™ ultrawhite filler is manufactured in a high-capacity plant for dependable, just-in-time delivery that allows customers to eliminate their white filler raw material imports, contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions from long-distance transportation.
Enhancing the Chemical Safety of Paints: MINEX® functional fillers and extenders add performance and value across a broad spectrum of applications such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and inks without compromise for chemical safety and environmental responsibility. These products are produced from nepheline syenite, a naturally occurring sodium-potassium-aluminum silicate. In paints, Canadian Nephelinereduces the need for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), significantly lowering paints’ environmental impact and increasing the safety of their use.
Promoting Environmental Benefits of Artificial Turf: BIOFLEX® is a coated, hydrophobic sand that is used in stabilizing infill in synthetic turf. This material provides excellent durability and wear resistance, and due to its higher density, has little migration once placed. The coated surface is hydrophobic, therefore having less tendency to freeze while also minimizing bacteria growth. It is also recyclable at the end of the product life. Artificial turf provides numerous environmental benefits, most notably from requiring little to no maintenance, resulting in less water used and fewer chemicals to treat fields.
Our business innovation program inherently incorporates ESG principles. It is simply good business. For more information about Covia’s Innovation and Product Sustainability, visit: https://www.coviacorp.com/markets/.
At Covia, we are committed to being more than just a leading provider of high-performance mineral and material solutions – we believe that our company can make a positive difference in the world. This belief is what drives our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, which is influenced by both our journey as an organization and the events in the world around us.
Our commitment to operating as a responsible corporate citizen has been embedded into every aspect of our business for decades and serves as the foundation for Covia’s ESG initiatives. From our operations to our Team Members and the communities in which we live and work, we continue to define WHAT WE’RE MADE OF as more than the materials we produce, but the impact we can make in every interaction.
In 2021, we enhanced our approach toward accelerating ESG performance by developing our formal GOALS THAT INSPIRE: ESG 2030. These 10 goals, broken into our three core areas - Environmental Stewardship, Positive Social Impact and Responsible Governance & Ethics - were developed by Covia Team members across the company and are designed to drive tangible and measurable progress in areas where we can make the most impact.
We have the commitment and strategy in place to drive meaningful progress and we are pledging to make a positive differences for our people, our planet and our communities.