We have a formal structure to ensure continuous improvement in the sustainability of our global operations. Our sustainability vision and values provide the foundation for all of our sustainability efforts. Our Sustainability Committee establishes policies, programs, procedures and goals to address sustainability in our business practices. Most of the committee’s 10 members, who are appointed by our Executive Committee, are officer-level employees, providing leadership support and visibility.
Providing a deeper focus on key aspects of our sustainability efforts are the Sustainability Committee’s standing subcommittees:
Driving our performance are measurable sustainability goals that address our biggest challenges and opportunities. We hold our locations and businesses accountable for achieving these goals, and we are transparent in our progress against each on a global level.
In 2017, the Sustainability Committee revised our goals to build upon our efforts and better represent the sustainability challenges and opportunities now facing our business following a series of divestitures and acquisitions over the past few years.
Each year through the PPG Sustainability Awards program, we recognize outstanding projects completed by our employees, locations and businesses that significantly contributed to our sustainability progress. In 2017, we presented more than 200 awards in five categories—health and safety, environmental impact, wellness, community engagement and customer solutions. We also recognized programs that improved ergonomics through our separate Ergo Cup Awards.
We estimate that projects honored by both internal awards programs saved more than $17 million in 2017 and helped us reduce our energy consumption, waste, water use, emissions and injury rate.
In early 2018, 13 locations were the first to receive our new Environmental Excellence Award for their performance over the prior three years. This annual award provides special recognition for up to 10 percent of our manufacturing facilities that have demonstrated sustained excellence in meeting PPG and regulatory environmental requirements and reducing their environmental footprint.