Corporate & Social Responsibility
Making a Positive Impact
Continental is committed to making a difference in our community. We support efforts nationwide that enhance the prosperity of our country, neighbors and environment.
The Return of the Bison
To celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2014, the Smithsonian's National Zoo has brought back the animal that sparked the conservation movement in the United States: the American bison. Continental is proudly sponsoring this exhibit. An estimated 30-60 million bison roamed the plains and forests of pre-Columbian North America, but by the end of the 19th century, their numbers had been reduced to an estimated 1,000. Their return from near extinction – with as many as 500,000 bison again roaming North America – represents one of the greatest feats achieved by the conservation movement. The National Zoo was formed to promote the bison and its protection, and it is now committed to making this new bison exhibit an engaging, attractive and relevant highlight for Zoo visitors.
Reducing Energy Consumption with ENERGY STAR
Continental partners with ENERGY STAR, the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary program that helps businesses combat climate change through increased energy efficiency. "Efficient use of energy is good for the environment and good for business,” says Jay Bachmann, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re proud to be partnering with ENERGY STAR to help promote sustainability."
Championing Wildlife Habitat Preservation
In an effort to conserve and create wildlife habitats at its sites across North America, Continental Building Products has teamed up with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Together with community groups and others, Continental is working to make its sites as wildlife-friendly as possible by protecting and enhancing habitats. WHC has certified a number of Continental sites as wildlife habitats in recognition of Continental’s accomplishments in this area.
As such, Continental’s facility in Silver Grove, Kentucky, proudly holds the position of the first North American drywall plant, and among the first of 53 sites, to receive the Certified Corporate Lands (CCL) honor awarded by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
Key to Continental are its values of respect, care and constructive dialogue with stakeholders, including employees. These values are reflected in Continental's approach to its operations and business activities, which focus on sustainable growth by reconciling the challenges of economic development and environmental respect.
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Continental Case Study
Being Bison Strong
Case Study: LEED® Platinum and Net-Zero
Helping New Florida Home Achieve LEED Platinum
In pursuit of becoming certified LEED® Platinum and net-zero, this green home in Miami Beach, Florida is using Continental Weather Defense® Platinum Interior drywall throughout its construction. Even though using Continental drywall may not take this home off the grid, by being produced with synthetic gypsum within 500 miles of the project site,…